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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 500-750 words on one of two topics

Essay Prompt 1

Describe your most powerful educational experience to date. This might be a course, an accomplishment, or an event, that sparked a new understanding of yourself or others. What did you learn? How did this experience prepare you for the DHC?

Essay Prompt 2

Discuss an issue, challenge, or question (big or small) that you are curious or passionate about, and that you hope to explore and answer as part of your experience at UM. Why is this important for you? For our world? How do you hope the DHC will prepare you to meet this challenge?


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.