High School Applicants


Applications for the entering Fall Freshman class run from September 1 to January 15. The application is now closed. 

Enrollment in the Schedler Honors College has grown to more than 300 students.  Through the most thorough honors admissions process in the nation, we select seventy-five incoming freshmen each year. Applicants selected for admission demonstrate strong writing skills, the ability to think cogently as expressed in writing and speaking, and a commitment to public service. Eligible applicants for the Schedler Honors College should have a cumulative high school GPA at the end of the seventh semester of a 3.500 or above. Though admission to Honors has no minimum composite ACT score, to receive the Honors Scholarship, students must require no remediation due to policies governing UCA’s academic scholarships. Learn more about the scholarship package here.

To apply to the Schedler Honors College, please use our secure online application form linked below. Once you have begun the application, you can monitor your status through our secure, web-based information system, and once registered will be able to save your in-process application and return to complete it at any time.

Things you will need to provide in your application:

  • Background and Recommendation. The application asks for background information that should take no more than 15 minutes to provide, as well as the name and e-mail contact of two recommenders. For your academic recommendation, be sure to select a teacher or counselor that is familiar with your academic record and who will be able to intelligently evaluate you on all of the following characteristics: intellectual ability, motivation, maturity, oral and written communication skills, analytic ability, and creativity.  For your service and leadership recommendation, be sure to select a teacher or counselor that is familiar with your experience with service and leadership and will be able to evaluate you on the following characteristics: leadership, initiative, originality, integrity, empathy, openness, and collaboration.  We will contact your recommenders with information about how to complete a recommendation form on our website. Both recommendations are required.
  • Two essays. You will be asked to provide two essays. In the first you will address an issue of public service in 400-600 words. It is very important that you conduct research about the Schedler Honors College at UCA before writing this essay. We want to see evidence that you have some understanding of our curriculum and our orientation to public concern. In the second writing sample we ask you to read an essay by Peter Elbow and respond to it in 600-800 words based on a prompt we provide. For both essays, write them offline. Take your time. Research, write a draft, get reviews, revise it, and carry out that process more than once. When you have the best draft you can produce, paste it to the webform. These writing samples carry a great deal of weight in our admission process.
  • Complete Application to UCA. For high school applicants, you should complete an application for admission with UCA no later than January 15. Please allow up to two weeks to process your admission application once all materials are received.  UCA Admissions will issue your ID once you have been admitted. You will be required to provide your UCA Student ID in order to complete your Honors application. We will use this information to verify your ACT, GPA, and Class Rank.  You may work on your application prior to being admitted to UCA, but we will not review the application until all supplemental items are received by the university and your admission to UCA is confirmed.  Please note that the Admission Office deadline for priority scholarship consideration requires you be admitted by December 15.

Click here to learn more about our selection process.


Click Here to Apply to the Schedler Honors College.