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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 Options

New Applicant to UM and Davidson Honors College?

Students may apply directly to UM and the DHC at the same time.  Use the link below which will take you to the Application Creation form.  Once you have submitted this form you will receive an email with the link to your UM application.  You will be able to indicate your interest in applying to the DHC which will give you access to the DHC application. 

Application for students applying to both UM and DHC

Already Applied to UM?-Davidson Honors College Application Available Here

If you have already applied to UM directly or through the Common App or Apply Montana you can apply to the Davidson Honors College by accessing our application located under forms on your UM Admissions Portal page. You should receive access resources to log in with your Admission Confirmation email. Alternatively, you can use the Forgot Password option plus the email you applied with to gain access. Use the link below to access your UM Admissions Portal.

Admissions Portal-Access to DHC Application for students who have already applied to UM

Currently Enrolled UM Student?-Davidson Honors College Application For Currently Enrolled Students Available Here

If you are currently an enrolled UM student (not an incoming freshman) you can apply to the DHC using the link below.

Application for currently enrolled UM students

Application Materials


  • Basic biographical information
  • Information about your academic background and achievements
  • An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
  • 3-5 short answer questions
  • A brief essay of 500-750 words on one of two topics (*not required for applications after the deadline for Incoming Student Scholarships)


  • Letter of recommendation
  • SAT and ACT test results. 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.

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 December 5, 2021, at 11:59 PM MT will be considered for the Incoming Student Scholarships: Presidential Leadership Scholarship (PLS), Provost Honors Scholarship (PHS), and Dean’s Leadership Scholarship (DLS). Applications received after that date will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College, but NOT for the Incoming Student 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.