The Honors Program at UAF provides superior undergraduate students with intellectual opportunities greater than those generally found in university lecture halls. Students in the Honors Program experience small classes, direct contact with top faculty members, a flexible curriculum and great encouragement to pursue their own intellectual interests. The Honors Program is based on the conviction that genuine achievement in college means broad competence in areas outside a student’s major field of specialization as well as excellence within it.
Undergraduate students from all disciplines are eligible for admission to the Honors Program. New freshmen should have attained a high school GPA of no less than 3.6 and a composite SAT score of no less than 1250 (1875 on the latest version) or an ACT composite score of no less than 29. Sophomores must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 and clear admission to UAF. Upper-division applicants with a similar record are admitted as honors thesis scholars.
Admission to the Honors Program is generally in the fall semester. Applications must be on file by April 15 of the year applied for; late applications are considered on a space-available basis. A limited number of students may be accepted at mid-year. Credentials for admission to the university must be filed separately and should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions at the time of application to the Honors Program. Promising students already admitted to UAF may be offered enrollment in the program.
Students in the program must be regularly enrolled full-time undergraduate students. The designation of "Graduation with University Honors" is awarded to graduates who complete 27 credits of honors work and a senior honors thesis.
Honors Thesis Scholars complete 12 hours of honors credits and a senior honors thesis. Honors courses are offered in all disciplines, including courses specifically designed for the Honors Program as well as special enrichment sections of standard university courses. Students in the Honors Program may also do individualized study in their majors.
A typical semester’s offering in the Honors Program includes three sciences, a mathematics course, English composition, one or more courses from the core Perspectives on the Human Condition, and four or more courses from speech, business, humanities and the social sciences. For more information and application forms, contact the Honors Program, Box 756282, UAF, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775. The Honors House is located at 520 Copper Lane. Phone (907) 474-6612 or visit online at www.uaf.edu/honors/.