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Admission to the Hicks Honors College

The Hicks Honors College has a holistic application.  We consider academic ability and motivation, but also look at evidence of engagement—that is, meaningful involvement in activities outside of academics, such as community involvement, leadership, etc. We look closely at the self-assessment and essays portion of the application in order to get a sense of you as a person. We consider GPA and test scores, but only in conjunction with the other components of the application.

There is no absolute cutoff, but most often those who are accepted into the program have a weighted GPA of 4.0 or above. Though letters of recommendation are not required, they are often helpful in giving us other perspective(s) on your motivation, abilities, and accomplishments, so we encourage and welcome you to submit them (instructions are on the application form). If you need to have someone else submit them for confidentiality reasons, please asked for your letter(s) to be emailed to The subject line of the email should contain your full name and make it clear that it is a letter of recommendation (or LOR).  

You also will have the opportunity to submit a short video of yourself answering a prompt.  It is not required either, but we welcome you to submit one.  Please note that you must be accepted to UNF before you can apply to the Hicks Honors College. In order to see more about the application process and start your application, go to  

If you have any Honors admissions questions, please call (904) 620-2649 or e-mail