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How to Apply for Admission to the Honors College

All Applicants: You cannot begin your application for admission to the Honors College until you have been formally admitted to UMKC. Fill out the online Honors College Application. All applicants must submit an essay on one of the topics listed below.

Letters of Recommendation: If you meet the Honors College admission requirements, then no letters of recommendation are necessary. Otherwise, your Honors College application can still be considered, but you will need to submit two letters of recommendation, as follows:

  • Incoming First-Year Students: Ask two teachers who know you well to complete the Applicant Evaluation Form and provide a reference letter.
  • Incoming Transfer Students: Ask two college or university professors who know you well to complete the Applicant Evaluation Form and provide a reference letter.
  • If currently enrolled at UMKC: Ask two UMKC professors who know you well to complete the Applicant Evaluation Form and provide a reference letter.

Required Essay: All applicants must submit an essay as part of their online application for admission to the Honors College. Please write a thoughtful, coherent essay of 500 to 700 words on one of the following topics.

Topic #1: In your view, what is the single most important characteristic of effective leadership? What can go wrong if someone in a leadership position lacks this particular trait? In a thoughtful, coherent essay, explain why this characteristic is essential to leadership, citing specific examples of leadership, either from your own experience or based on prominent leaders from past or present times.

Topic #2: Select two of the following activities organized by the Honors College and explain in a thoughtful, coherent essay why you want to participate in them, what you will gain from your participation and what you will bring to each of the activities. You can find descriptions of these activities throughout this website.

  • The Honors College-Kauffman School Partnership
  • The Honors Living/Learning Community and the activities organized there
  • Lucerna, the undergraduate Honors research journal
  • Courses with an Honors Contract option
  • The Senior Honors Thesis
  • Honors Summer Study Abroad in Sweden, Ireland or Scotland

All Applicants: You cannot begin your application for admission to the Honors College until you have been formally admitted to UMKC. Fill out the Honors College Application. All applicants must submit an essay on one of the topics listed above.

For best consideration, apply as soon as possible. The final application deadline is August 1 for the fall semester and January 15 for the spring semester.

Honors College Application

Applicant Evaluation Form

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