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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula, Montana.

Application for students NEW to the University and Davidson Honors College

Davidson Honors College Application for current UM students ONLY

Note: For 2020-2021, test scores are optional, but not required, for consideration for Davidson Honors College scholarships (PLS, PHS, DLP). You are welcome to include test scores in your application and if you apply before you have received your test scores, you may email your test score report to or email the same address with test details (test name, date of test, scores) and scores will be added to your record.

Due to COVID-19 testing delays, we will not require test scores for general admission applications to the Davidson Honors College received after December 4, 2020.

Application Materials (required):

  • Basic biographical information
  • Information about your academic background and achievements
  • An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
  • A short statement (300 words) about your academic interests
  • A brief essay of 600-1,000 words on one of two topics 

Essay Prompt 1

Describe an event in your life, a person, a book, or an experience (choose one) that has had a profound effect on you. How has it influenced change in you, your attitudes, and/or your goals?

Essay Prompt 2

Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be a personal challenge or setback, intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma, a community challenge - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could take to identify a solution. Please also discuss the benefits of the solution to you or the broader community and real or potential challenges you faced or could face along the way.


All applications to the Davidson Honors College that are completed by the first Friday in December will be considered for the Davidson Honors College scholarships: Presidential Leadership Scholarship (PLS), Provost Honors Scholarship (PHS), and Dean’s Leadership Program (DLP). Applications received after that date will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College, but NOT for the Davidson Honors College scholarships. Davidson Honors College applications will be considered only from those who have applied for admission to a four-year undergraduate program at the University of Montana.

We are looking for well-rounded, ambitious, and curious learners. The average Davidson Honors College student has a 3.7 GPA, 27 or higher on the ACT, and 1270 or higher on the SAT. While we look at academic performance and test scores, these criteria are not absolute and all highly motivated students are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are especially welcome from non-traditional students, international students, veterans, and students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. College transfer students and currently enrolled students at the University of Montana with a record of strong academic performance are likewise welcome to apply.