Requirements for Admission to the Honors College

The review for honors admission is broad and is intended to reflect the whole person, not only numerical criteria. These include activities and awards, strength of curriculum beyond the basic requirements for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma, extracurricular involvement on campus and in the community, letters of reference, and the like.

  • The Honors College looks at course choice (number of honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken), pattern of performance (are your grades rising or falling?), and unusual educational experiences (International Baccalaureate (IB), AP, study abroad) .
  •  There are some objective standards:
  1. Academic Performance: 
  2. You must have the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma or (if out of state) an equivalent curriculum.
  3. You should have more As than Bs or Cs in core academic courses (unweighted).  The academic courses include English, foreign language, math, science, and social science.

Requirements for staying in the Honors College

  • Students admitted to the Honors College must make regular progress in the Honors curriculum.
  • Each student’s grade-point average must be at least 3.0 at the end of the freshman year and 3.15 at the end of the sophomore year.
  • Each student should complete at least one Honors core course by the end of the first year and at least three Honors core courses by the end of the second year.  The Honors core courses include HONR 189; 199; 201; 202; and one of 296, 297, or 298.
  • In order to graduate with an Honors diploma, students must complete the Honors curriculum and finish with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.33.