Honors Program

Department website: https://academicaffairs.du.edu/honors

DU’s University Honors program is a community of students, faculty, and staff who are hungry for knowledge, passionate about a wide range of topics, and who want to learn in community with one another – both within the classroom and beyond.

Our program fosters a distinctive liberal arts education that challenges students to cultivate depth in critical and creative thought, and facilitates students' original contributions to intellectual life, their community, and their chosen field.

We accept 100 students per year, and the vast majority of those students apply prior to starting at DU. Incoming students (first-year & transfer) may apply to the University Honors Program once they are accepted to the University. The last chance for current students to apply to the Honors program is after their first fall quarter at DU.

Honors at DU is not a major or a minor, but rather an academic community. Our curriculum mostly overlaps with common curriculum requirements and distinction requirements set by the different departments.

Students graduate with University Honors upon satisfaction of the following requirements:
1. Completion of Honors course requirements
2. Satisfaction of all requirements for distinction in at least one major
3. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at graduation

To remain active in the Honors Program, students must be in “good standing” at the University, continue to make positive progress towards completing Honors requirements, and remain responsive to communication from Honors Program staff.