Admission to the Honors Program
The UMW Honors Program is an interdisciplinary and intellectually rewarding educational experience. Students who excelled academically throughout high school and want to enhance their college experience with engaging academic and co-curricular experiences, individualized learning, involvement in the community, and leadership development should apply to the program.
Application to the Honors Program involves completion of the supplemental Honors Program application in the Common Application. UMW reviews all applications to the Honors Program with the goal of enrolling 80-100 first-year students in the program each year. Consideration for the program involves review of the records of students who have completed the most rigorous high school curriculum available to them, earned a high school GPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 GPA scale or higher, and completed the supplemental essay on the Common Application. Standardized tests scores are not required for consideration. Students not admitted to the Honors Program as a new first year student may apply directly to the program after their first semester at UMW. For additional details, please visit the Honors Program page.
UMW partners with Germanna Community College to provide a unique dual degree program for graduates to become nurses.
- Admission is determined with the first year application for admission.
- First year applicants must indicate pre-nursing as their primary academic interest within the application to be considered.
- Students proceed as a cohort and are not admitted to the program as new transfer students or continuing sophomores or juniors. (Please visit the BSN Program for details regarding admission as a transfer student)
- Admission to the program is competitive.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early under Early Decision (binding admission) or Early Action (non-binding admission) application processes for maximum consideration.
- Competitive applicants should have earned at least a “B” in high school math and science coursework including Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and Chemistry.
- Students may not apply test choice for pre-nursing consideration. Minimum scores of 520 on Evidence Based Critical Reading and 520 on the Math sections of the new SAT are required to continue on track within the cohort. Similar ACT scores of 22 will be considered.
- Due to COVID-19 impact on test availability, students with a minimum weighted GPA of 3.5 may be considered for pre-nursing without test scores for fall 2021.
- Students offered admission may be considered for the Student Transition Program but are not able to participate in the Honors Program.
- Students who are offered admission and wish to enroll are encouraged to deposit early to reserve space. Spaces in this program are limited to 20 enrolling students each fall and have filled as early as March 1.
- For additional 1+2+1 Partnership Plan details visit the BSN Academic Partnership Plan.
Nearly 60 students participate in the Student Transition Program (STP) which begins with a five week summer session between high school graduation and the first semester at UMW and continues through the first year of enrollment.
- Admission to STP is determined through the first year application.
- Students wishing to be considered for STP should indicate so within the application.
- Primary consideration for admission to STP is given to underrepresented populations.
- Students may be considered for both the Honors Program and STP or the Pre-Nursing plan and STP.
- All first year applicants may be considered for STP regardless of residency.