Honors Program: Program Admission: Application
The application to the Honors Program consists of an online application form, a letter of recommendation to the Honors Program, and an informational meeting. The Honors Program application is completely separate from the general University application. When you complete the online application form, you will need to provide the following information:
SAT or ACT Scores
(Math score and critical reading score needed. Please do not resend your SAT score report to the University.)
High Schools Attended (name, location, dates)
“Who I Am” Essay
Essay Requirements: Write an essay that gives us a clear sense of who you are. Discuss how the following words (use any or all) apply to you in your academic, extra-curricular, community and/or personal experiences: innovative, impulsive, cautious, artistic, nerd, courageous, fearful, devout, skeptical, extroverted, introverted, leader, follower, compassionate, selfish, independent, team player, decisive, wishy-washy, perseverant, flaky, outspoken, respectful, passionate, rational, inspirational, pensive, detailed, scattered, catalyst, meek, competitor, teacher, rebel. 4000 Character Maximum Length (Approximately 600 Words)
Name, title, position and email address of person submitting your letter of recommendation
If you are unable to complete an online application form, please contact the Honors Program Office at 503.943.7857 to make alternate arrangements.
Helpful Tips for Online Applications
Please note that there is a separate application for general admission to the University of Portland that must be completed prior to applying to the Honors Program.
When constructing your essay, try to avoid simply recounting your resume. Instead, tell a story about yourself to give us the best sense of who you are.
Consider writing your essay using word processing software with which you can do character counts, save drafts of your essay, and copy your essay text from. Once you begin your online application, you will then be able to copy and paste your essay into the online application form.
One letter of recommendation is required. To register your referee, enter his/her contact information in the online application and press the “Request Recommendation” button. The system will generate an email to your referee and provide direction on how to submit the letter of recommendation.
For an application to be considered complete, the student application form, a letter of recommendation, and an informational meeting must be completed. It is advisable to talk with your preferred referee prior to completing your online application to ensure that he/she will be able to complete a letter of recommendation for you.