Applying to the Honors College as a Transfer Student

The Honors College at UNCW welcomes transfer students.

Prospective students planning to transfer to UNCW from another institution should complete the main UNCW transfer application through SeaLevel or CFNC.

Through SeaLevel

The second-to-last section of the UNCW SeaLevel transfer application is an "Additional Information" section: 

Additional Info

In that section, toward the end, you will see the following question: 

Honors consideration

"Do you have an interest in applying to the UNCW Honors College?"

Select YES. Then submit your UNCW application.

Through CFNC

When you apply to UNCW through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), the menu looks like this: 


In the Campus Specific Information category, there are several yes/no questions with dropdown boxes. 

The third question in this category asks:


"Do you have an interest in applying to the UNCW Honors College? The Honors College provides small classes, creative coursework and high access to global learning, research opportunities, and unique programming. Please visit for more information."

Select YES. Then submit your UNCW application. 

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The Honors College cannot consider applicants until they have received an acceptance from the UNCW Office of Admissions. After Admissions accepts a student, Honors can consider their application.

The Honors College will consider your UNCW application in full. We may also contact you to provide supplemental materials, such as...

  • A letter of recommendation
  • An additional short essay about your interest in the Honors College
  • An opportunity for you to creatively show us who you are with a submission of art, writing, videography, photography, performance, or any other passion/hobby/talent you may wish to share

Please feel free to email us at with any questions. 

Best Practices for Applying to Honors as a Transfer Student

  • Honors students must have a GPA of at least 3.3 when they have completed 27 credit hours at UNCW. After completing 58 credit hours, that GPA must be at least 3.5. Please consider your GPA when making the decision to apply to Honors.
  • Applying to the Honors College is usually only advisable for freshmen and sophomores. If you are a rising junior or senior, you may not have time to complete all of the requirements to graduate with full university honors. However, if you have a GPA of at least 3.2 for the credit hours completed at UNCW, you may consider completing a 6-credit-hour independent Departmental Honors project during your senior year to graduate with honors in your major.  
  • UNCW merit scholarships and Honors College scholarships are typically awarded on a rolling basis. Applying earlier will increase your eligibility to receive scholarships. (Please note: all Honors students are automatically considered for Honors scholarships; you do not have to fill out any additional applications.)

Memos of Understanding with Community College Honors Programs

The UNCW Honors College has Memos of Understanding with the Honors Programs at the schools below. Transfer applicants who participated in the Honors Program at these schools must still complete the UNCW Honors College application, but we will be glad to facilitate this process!

southwesterncclogoDurham Tech

cfcclogo  Alamance Community College

Wayne Community College