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Honors Program

The Honors Program at UAF provides superior undergraduate students with intellectual opportunities beyond the scope generally found in the lecture halls of a university. These opportunities include smaller classes, direct contact with top faculty members and greater curriculum flexibility, which allows students to strike out on their own in intellectual pursuits. The Honors Program is based on the conviction that genuine excellence in college-level studies 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. To qualify, new freshmen must have attained a high school grade point average of no less than 3.60, and a composite SAT score of no less than 1270 or an ACT score of no less than 28. Sophomores applying to the program must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.50 and clear admission to UAF.

Admission to the Honors Program is generally in the fall semester, with applications on file by April 15 of the year applying. Late applications will be 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.

Program Features

Students in the program must be regularly enrolled full-time undergraduate students. In order to graduate with the designation of "Graduation with University Honors," students must complete 27 credits of honors work plus a senior honors thesis.

Honors courses are offered in all disciplines and include courses specifically designed for the Honors Program as well as special enrichment sections of standard university courses. The Honors Program also offers opportunities for students to do individualized study in their majors.

A typical semester's offering in the Honors Program would include 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 social science. A summer honors reading course is offered each year. For more information and application forms, contact the Honors Program, Box 756282, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775, or call the Honors House, 515 Copper Lane, (907) 474-6612.