Admission Qualifications and Procedures

The UConn POLS Honors Program welcomes applications from qualified students currently enrolled at UConn in their first or second year, who would like to meet the academic challenges and intellectual rigor offered by our program. Please follow these steps in order to apply:

First, visit the University Honors Program Admissions page for admission requirements, information, deadlines, and forms (http://honors.uconn.edu/prospective-students/admission/).

Second, determine if you have the appropriate cumulative GPA and are a “Rising Sophomore” or a “Rising Junior” since the requirements, application steps, and deadlines are slightly different:

  • “Rising Sophomores” must have 3 years remaining in their program of study, at least 24 credits/two semesters, and a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher.
  • “Rising Juniors” must have 2 years remaining in their program of study, at least 54 credits/four semesters, a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher, AND a GPA of 3.5 or higher in POLS or closely related classes (based on a minimum of 4 classes)

If you are a Rising Sophomore, apply directly to the University Honors Program. Forms are available at their website. You do NOT need to fill out a Preliminary Plan of Study with POLS Honors Director consent and are not required to contact the POLS Honors Director about your application.

If you are a Rising Junior, you must fill out a Preliminary Plan of Study, contact the POLS Honors Director, submit application materials to and obtain consent from the POLS Honors Director PRIOR to submitting your application to the University Honors Program. Application forms are at the University Honors Program website; follow their application directions but add these additional elements or steps:

  • Essay A and B — Include in the essays why you choose POLS as a major, want to pursue Honors in it, and emphasize extracurricular activities that relate to POLS
  • Faculty Evaluation Form – Ask your faculty evaluator to make 2 copies of the evaluation; have one sent to the POLS Honors Director, the other sent to the University Honors Program. Alternatively the evaluator can scan the evaluation and send it to the POLS Honors Director electronically.
  • Preliminary Plan of Study – Email the POLS Honors Director for assistance in filling out this form. You will need the Director’s signature on this form before you can submit your application materials to the University Honors Program.
  • Submit Application to POLS Honors Director — When all your application materials are ready (including the application cover letter and unofficial transcript), contact the POLS Honors Director for review and signature. During the regular academic year, expect to meet in-person with the Director for application review/consent. Outside the regular academic year, application review/consent may take place electronically. Please give yourself sufficient time to prepare these materials and consult with the Director, particularly when application deadlines fall outside the regular academic year.
  • Submit Application to University Honors Program — After you have obtained consent from the POLS Honors Director, submit your entire application to the University Honors Program.

If you have any questions about the application process or qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact the POLS Honors Director, Professor Sterling-Folker (Jennifer.sterling-folker@uconn.edu). Students interested in applying to the honors program should arrange an appointment with the Professor Sterling-Folker to review requirements and expectations before preparing any application materials or requesting any recommendations.

Non-Majors already in Honors: If you have been admitted to the Honors Program but have not declared Political Science as your major, you will need to visit the Political Science Advising Office and complete a form to declare your major. Your will then be assigned a POLS Honors Advisor. The Advising Office is Located in Oak Hall 409B, (860) 486-3165.