Honors Admission

On this page, you can learn about the Honors Program requirements for admission. Please read the eligibility information below.

Admission & Eligibility

Beginning Fall 2021, the Letters and Science Honors Program has changed how students will be eligible to be admitted to the program. 

All potential Honors students of any class year, whether incoming first years, continuing second years, or transfer students, will need to complete an application. This application will ask you to write two short responses that consider the Program’s core values: First, what are you most excited to learn about, and how will being in Honors help you pursue that knowledge? Second, how do you want to use your experience in Honors to contribute to the UCSB and/or broader community? Detailed prompts will be available on the application link. See below for additional application details for each class year.

Incoming First Years: During the summer, the Honors Program will email all Letters and Science students who have submitted their Statement of Intent to Register, inviting them to apply for the program.

Continuing Second Years: Non-transfer students entering their second year at UCSB can apply to the Program beginning August 1st and will need to have a 3.2 GPA on 36 attempted letter-graded UC units. 

Transfer Students: During the summer, the Honors Program will email incoming Letters and Science transfer students who have submitted their Statement of Intent to Register, inviting them to apply for the program. Transfer students will need to have a 3.5 GPA  at their previous institutions or a 3.2 if transferring from another UC.   

Please note that admittance to the Honors Program will be made on a rolling basisThis means that we will admit eligible students in the order that we receive their completed applications. As such, we recommend that you submit your application in a timely manner.



The application for Continuing Second Years (non-transfer) students will appear here in August when the application opens. We encourage you to apply soon after the application opens, as admissions are made on a rolling basis.