Application Instructions

Acceptance to EHP is highly competitive. We typically receive over 400 applications for 80 first year spots. Application to EHP is a separate, volitional process from applying to the College of Engineering and Applied Science (it is also separate from applying for RAPs through the housing application).  You must apply to both the College and EHP. 

Researching our programvisiting EHP, and reading Professor Douglass’ letter to prospective students will help you to better understand the kind of students we are seeking to be a part of our community.

Also, please make sure you are able to meet the program requirements, including residence in Andrews Hall for your first year of college and enrollment in Criticial Encounters I in the fall.

Finally, if you are not accepted to EHP, please be comforted to know that you can still pursue graduating with Latinate honors.


  1. Research the program to make sure you understand its nature, the requirements, and the program RAP fee.
  2. Review all deadlines.
  3. Make sure you have a Google Account to use to access the online application.
  4. You will also need a CU ID, which you receive when you apply to the College. If you have not yet applied to the college, you can obtain one by signing up for MyCUInfo.
  5. Access the online application via the link in the top righthand corner of the website entitled, “Online Application.”
  6. Click “Start Application” and log in to your Google Account
  7. Follow all instructions contained internally within the application.
  8. Note: If you are pasting your essays into the application fields from a word processor (i.e. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.) you will need to make sure you are pasting it as plain text so it doesn’t carry with it hidden characters, which will count against your word count. If you’re unsure how to do this, you can simply do a web search on “how to convert to plain text in [whatever word processor you’re using].”

Important: Please double check the email address you provide on your application is correct as it is what we will use to contact you initially regarding your acceptance. If it is incorrect, we have no other way to reach you.

About the RAP Fee

The RAP (Residential Academic Program) fee for first year students participating in EHP is $850. 

Your RAP fee covers the cost of hiring instructors to teach in Andrews Hall, core events (cultural events, banquets, retreats, etc.) and other program operating expenses.

(Also, we are frequently asked if EHP offers tuition scholarships. We do not, as all Financial Aid is distributed through CU’s Office of Financial Aid.)


Do I need to wait until I am accepted to the College to apply?

No. In fact, we encourage you to apply as soon as the online application becomes available in Septemeber. Your participation on our program is, of course, contingent on your acceptance to the College of Engineering. 

Do I need to be invited to apply?

No. We are distinct from the College of Arts and Sciences’ general honors program (that engineering students may participate in). Their program is by invitation only. We welcome any engineering student to apply. 

When do you review applications?

We review all applications at the same time, starting immediately after the deadline. Notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent out via email sometime between mid-February to mid-March (at the very latest). Please reference the Timeline & Deadlines page for more details.

How much is the program fee?

The Residential Academic Program (RAP) fee is $850