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University Scholars and Global Scholars Application

Students may apply to any or all of the seminars. The selection committee will place successful applicants in a seminar, taking into account their interests as well as other considerations that ensure diversity of background, perspective, and discipline in each of the three seminars.

Up to 75 finalists will be selected on the basis of this application to interview for admission to one of these scholar programs. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, October 17 - Friday, October 19, 2018. We are unable to consider applicants who will not be available on these dates; Skype interviews will be available on a very limited basis (for example, for students currently studying abroad). 45 scholars will be chosen from the pool interviewed. All chosen scholars must be enrolled in a seminar for Spring 2019; therefore, students committed to study abroad or off-campus internships for Spring 2019 should not apply. For more information, please contact the University Honors Program at 785-864-4225 / honors@ku.edu or the Office of International Programs at 785-864-7178 / mmward@ku.edu.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018.


List your three most significant honors/awards/scholarships and briefly describe them. (Limit 25 words/each)

List your four most significant extracurricular interests and activities and briefly describe them. (Limit 50 words/each)

Students may apply to any or all of the seminars.

Names and titles of two persons being asked for recommendation materials. One recommendation must come from a KU course instructor. The review committee strongly suggests that both recommendations come from KU course instructors, although the second recommendation could also be completed by someone who knows you and your academic abilities well. By submitting your application, you agree to waive your right to view letters of recommendation per University Scholars and Global Scholars Programs' policy.

NOTE: This system does not email your recommenders. It is your responsibility to contact them with the link to this online recommendation form and for making sure that recommendations are submitted. Please let your recommenders know to which seminar(s) you are applying. Recommendations will not be processed until after the deadline; if materials are missing, the student will be given the opportunity to contact the recommender. 

Essay Component for 2018-2019

The University Scholars and Global Scholars Programs are highly selective. Students are chosen carefully to ensure a diverse mix of academic and personal interests. We are interested in knowing both what you believe you would bring to this group of scholars and also how you think you would benefit from being a member of this program.

Provide a personal statement. Furthermore, your aim should be to provide an “intellectual portrait” of yourself, explaining how you fit the goals of these scholar programs. 

Some specifics you may wish to address:

  • What are your intellectual interests and aspirations? 
  • What experiences or activities have shaped your thinking? 
  • Specifically what do you think you can contribute to the seminar?

Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
#KUHonors is hiring! We are looking for a Recruitment Coordinator. For more information or to apply, please visit https://t.co/kjDxE3e6eb

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