Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION and DECISION

How can I apply to the Moody College Honors Program?

Students can apply to the Moody College Honors Program both as incoming freshmen, and while they are current students at The University of Texas at Austin. Please see our Admissions page for more information. We currently cannot accept applications from external transfer students, so we encourage those students to follow the current UT student instructions and apply once they are attending UT and are eligible to apply to Moody College Honors.

I am a current UT student and have been invited to apply. How will this affect my graduation?

The honors program has a 15-hour curriculum that must be completed in addition to your current major(s) requirements. They can count as electives and/or communication courses outside your major.

In order to determine if you can complete this program in a timely manner, you must first have a good understanding of the framework of your current major(s) and a general idea of how you can complete it within your four years at UT Austin. If you don’t yet have this information, you can use the Interactive Degree Audit to help you, or meet with your major academic advisor. Then, if you have further questions, please visit or call our front desk and ask to schedule an appointment with the Honors advisor.

I applied for Moody College Honors, but I was denied. Is there an appeal process? What should I do now?

We receive many excellent applications from talented and smart students. Unfortunately, space in the Moody College Honors Program is so limited that we just cannot admit them all. For the Fall 2018 freshman cohort, we were only able to admit less than 10% of the students who applied.

There is no appeal process for this decision, but you may apply to be admitted in your second year; please see the application process for current UT students on our Admissions page.

MyStatus says that I am on the wait list. How does this wait list work?

If other students decline their offer of admission to Moody College Honors, then we will start admitting students from the wait list.

I have applied to the Moody College Honors Program. Can I also apply for honors housing?

Immediately after you submit your UT admissions application, you should complete the UT housing application. Your spot in line for dorm placement is determined by when you submit your housing application. You do not need to wait to receive an offer of admission from UT to complete the UT Housing Application. 

Moody College Honors will partner with University Housing and Dining to identify admitted students who were also offered a housing contract. Space in the Honors Quad is limited, so not all students admitted to Moody College Honors who complete a housing contract will be able to select a room in the Honors Quad.

ADMITTED STUDENTS

I have been admitted to the Moody College Honors Program, but I was admitted to a major at UT that is not in the Moody College. Can I still participate in Moody College Honors?

Yes, but you must be a Moody College major in order to participate in Moody College Honors. To accomplish this, you can either change your major to one of our majors, or you can add a second major in the Moody College. Please contact the Moody College Honors Program staff for details.

Can I double major while in the Moody College Honors Program?

Moody College Honors students are allowed to pursue two degrees while in the program as long as at least one of them is within the Moody College of Communication.  If you decide to double major while enrolled in the Moody College Honors Program, you should talk with your academic advisors beforehand to make sure that this plan is feasible for you and will work within the requirements for your degrees.

When will I be notified about my scholarship?

All incoming freshman students are notified of the amount of their scholarship offer within a few weeks of their admission into the program.

All applicants are also encouraged to complete UT's freshman scholarship interest form and the Texas Exes Entering Freshman Scholarship Application​ (be sure to apply early if you wish to be considered for the Forty Acres Scholars Program).

I have been accepted to another honors program in addition to the Moody College Honors Program. Am I allowed to be in both?

All students are welcome to join and take part in other honors programs that are affiliated with UT; however, you should talk with coordinators from each program regarding their requirements and make sure that enrolling simultaneously is a commitment that you have the time and ability to make.

How does the Moody College Honors Program work with the degree(s) I am pursuing?

Generally, Moody College students can fit the honors curriculum requirements into their degree plan by completing free electives as well as the required hours of communication courses outside of their major. We recommend that you talk with both your academic and honors program advisor each semesterr to make sure that you’re choosing the right classes in order to complete your degree and the honors program requirements in a timely manner.

What classes will I take during my first semester?

All first-year Moody College Honors Students will take COM 307H - Life of Mind. When you come to freshman orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor in your major and they will help you select the rest of your classes.

CURRENT STUDENTS

What requirements do I need to meet in order to stay in the program?

Students will be assessed for continuing eligibility at the end of each academic year, and must meet the following standards: an overall GPA of at least 3.0; a GPA in Moody College coursework of at least 3.4; participation in Moody College Honors Program courses and activities, as described on the program website and by program faculty and staff.