First-year students should have a minimum ACT composite score of 28 or a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1320. First-year students should also have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 in the core (17-unit) curriculum, consisting of English (4 years), math (4 years), science (3 years), social studies (3 years), foreign language (2 years of the same language) and fine arts (1 year). Students who do not meet these criteria may apply for admission to the Honors College and will be considered on an individual basis.

The above-mentioned admission requirements are “target criteria.” While priority consideration will be given students who meet or exceed the requirements, the Honors College Admissions Committee takes into consideration the totality of each student’s application, with emphasis on academics and civic engagement. UMKC wants Honors College students who will be leaders in the classroom and in all aspects of campus and community life. Accordingly, even if you do not meet these criteria, please feel free to apply for admission to the Honors College. Applications are especially encouraged from students who have a strong record of community engagement and are highly motivated to succeed academically.

Priority deadline for applications is January 15 for the fall semester. Applications submitted after these priority deadlines may also be considered on a space‑available basis. The final application deadline is August 1 for fall semester and November 30 for spring semester.

How to Apply for Admission to the Honors College