International Honors Admissions

The International Honors Program is an internationally-focused, liberal arts-based honors program intended for first-time applicants to UNCG, including traditional first-year students coming straight from high school, transfer students with no more than two semesters of experience at another college or university, early and middle college students applying to UNCG, and degree-seeking international students.

If you are a current UNCG student, please visit this page for more information about your application options.


Admission to The Honors College's International Honors Program is competitive and by application only. In order to be eligible to apply, incoming first-year applicants must have at least:

  • a minimum 1270 combined Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing SAT score, OR
  • a 26 composite ACT score, OR
  • a 3.8 (weighted) high school GPA.

Additional factors play an important part in the consideration process, and attention will be paid to evidence of leadership, service, co-curricular activities, and creative endeavors.

The Application Process

Students interested in applying to the International Honors Program must first apply to the University of North Carolina Greensboro. This may be done through the Common Application, College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) or directly through UNCG’s web site using SpartanLink. Full admission into the International Honors Program is a two-step process involving submission of the Honors College Supplemental Application as well as admission to the University by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Eligible applicants to UNCG (those that meet one of the required criteria described above) will receive an invitation to submit supplemental application materials through their SpartanLink account once their qualifying document(s) have been received by Undergraduate Admissions. Qualifying documents include official high school transcripts showing at least a 3.8 weighted GPA, OR official ACT or SAT scores received directly from ACT or College Board. Full admission into the International Honors Program is a two-step process involving submission of the Honors College Supplemental Application as well as admission to the University by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

You may begin your application to the International Honors Program in Spartanlink as soon as you receive the invitation to apply, even if you have not completed your application to UNCG. However, students must be admitted to UNCG to join the International Honors program in the fall.

You may contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (336) 334-5243 or visit their website at admissions.uncg.edu.

The Honors College Supplemental Application

The Honors College Supplemental Application consists of the following items:

  • Please choose one (1) of the following essay prompts and write a 500-word essay.
    "The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." — Joseph Joubert
    1) Oftentimes, in the United States today, people focus on "winning" every conversation, especially when it comes to political topics. How would focusing on progress rather than victory change us as a country? How would it change you as a person?

    2) The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said, “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.” What is your ‘armor’ that you use to survive the realities of your everyday life?

    3) It’s 30 years in the future. You are successful in your chosen field, and have been asked for an interview by a popular and influential journalist. Towards the end of the interview, she asks you this question: “In 2022, you graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where you also completed the International Honors Program in Lloyd International Honors College. One of the requirements of that program was to study abroad. Can you tell me how that experience helped to make you who you are today?” How would you answer her question?

    4) Lloyd International Honors College is invested in the idea that humans are constantly undergoing the process of “becoming.” In simple terms, our selves are not static – we do not grow to a defined stage and then stop, as though we are “done.” “Becoming” happens at all stages of our lives: as we grow, learn new skills, encounter new people, engage in new experiences, we take steps to becoming someone. Who are you in the process of becoming?
  • A résumé.

We encourage you to think creatively as you answer the essay. What successful essays have in common is that they provide us a sense of who you are, your academic plans, and how you might contribute to the Honors environment at UNCG. Your essay should be carefully proofread and uploaded as a document that is formatted like a printed essay: double-spaced, with your name and a title.

Similarly, applicants are encouraged to provide a detailed, well-supported résumé including evidence of leadership, service, co-curricular activities, and creative endeavors. Additional explanations of positions, activities, and events are always welcome. Thoughtful and thorough preparation will have a considerable impact on application consideration.

Application Timeline for Fall 2019 International Honors Program

Applications to UNCG and the International Honors Program in Lloyd International Honors College open on August 1, 2018 for Fall 2019 Admission.

Priority Deadline

If you wish to be considered for both merit-based scholarships and acceptance into the International Honors Program, you must complete your UNCG application and the Honors College Supplemental Application by December 1, 2018. Please apply early as it can take time to request your official transcripts and/or test scores.

The University awards Blue and Gold Scholarships, which are merit-based scholarships. Please see here for further important deadlines and information.

The Honors College awards the prestigious Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholarship, which is made possible by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation of Winston-Salem for North Carolina residents. Reynolds Scholars receive four years of generous funding and are eligible to receive stipends for community service involvement, participation in an internship, and study abroad. Up to eight new Reynolds Scholars will be selected.

For a full list of the scholarships the Honors College awards to International Honors applicants, please visit our Scholarships page.

By completing the UNCG application and the Honors College Supplemental Application by December 1, 2018, you will be considered for the Blue and Gold Scholarships, the Katherine Smith Reynolds Scholarship, and the Lena Anne Gordon Scholarship. You will be notified of your admission decision in Spartanlink by January 31, 2019.


Regular Deadline

The regular deadline for International Honors Program applications is January 15, 2019. Students who apply by this date will receive their admission decisions by March 15, 2019.


Past-Deadline Applications

Applications are still accepted after the January 15th regular deadline and given the same consideration as applications received earlier in the year. Students will be notified of an admission decision on a rolling basis.


Deadline to Confirm

Students who have been admitted must confirm their intention to join the International Honors Program by May 1, 2019. Directions for confirming to the International Honors Program are included in the admission letter posted in Spartanlink.

Petitioning for Admission to the Honors College

Petitioning Policy: If you are an incoming first-year student who does not meet one or more of the criteria for admission, but believe you belong in the International Honors Program in Lloyd International Honors College, you may petition for admission. Petitions are evaluated by the Dean of the Honors College. Your petition should include 1) a cover letter of no more than two typed, double-spaced pages, 2) a letter of recommendation, and 3) any additional materials you feel would be helpful to the Dean in evaluating your petition. In the cover letter, tell us a bit about yourself, in particular your interest in living and studying abroad in a culture different from your own. Explain why you believe that you would succeed in the International Honors Program despite not meeting the Honors College eligibility criteria at this time (ACT, SAT, or high school weighted GPA). Please illustrate your statement with examples of your high school achievements, including classes, activities and part-time work, where relevant. Please send your petition electronically to Dr. Rebecca Muich at rmmuich@uncg.edu or mail them to Dr. Rebecca Muich, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC, 27402-6170. Petitions for admission in Fall 2019 must be received by March 30, 2019. Petitioners will have a decision by April 30, 2019.

A Note about Honors Housing

Read here to learn about your Honors housing options. Spaces for first-year students will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We therefore encourage you to apply for housing early. Please see the Housing and Residence Life website for application procedures.