Honors College - Admissions

As Virginia’s most diverse and innovative university, we appreciate that no two students are identical. Some need a different experience to thrive. Something more challenging. Something that will test their grit, and push them further than they could ever expect. 

Mason’s Honors College provides talented students in all majors with an enriched and unique academic and social environment that enhances their college experience, setting them on a track to leadership and career success. 

Honors College Application Elements

The deadline to apply to the Honors College is November 1

Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

In addition to the required application documents, we recommend that applicants submit:

  • At least one letter of recommendation from an academic, core-area teacher
  • A resume or list of activities

If you are already submitting these documents as a part of your online application, you do not have to submit additional copies to the Honors College. 

The University Scholars program

Every year, approximately 20 University Scholars are selected from among the most outstanding freshman students invited to the Honors College. This award is the highest academic distinction that Mason offers to undergraduate students. Each University Scholar receives a scholarship award covering the full cost of tuition over four years. 

University Scholars have:

  • Exemplary records of academic achievement
  • Intellectual vision and creativity
  • Potential to solve problems and overcome obstacles
  • A commitment to meaningfully contributing to their communities

There is no separate application for the University Scholars Program. Students will be invited based on their application and Honors College essay.