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Frequently Asked Questions

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Which application do I fill out?

All applications are based on your Student Type.

First-Year, First Time:
Recent high school graduates and students who have not previously attended ISU or another university/college (not including Dual Enrollment or Early College courses taken in High School).

Late Admittance:
Current ISU students.

Students transferring to ISU from another college/university.

Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International students may also qualify as either a First-Year, First Time student or a Transfer student.

When do I need to apply?

First-Time, First-Year students should apply by the December 15th priority deadline for entry in the upcoming Fall semester, but applications are accepted at any time.  See the Admissions Criteria page for more details

Transfer and Late Admittance students have no application deadline and are always considered.

Who can I ask for help?

We have both amazing faculty and peer mentors that are always happy to help with any questions you may have about the application process and Honors life.

What does the workload look like with Honors?

The Honors curriculum is designed for deeper learning across the disciplines and taught by faculty from across campus. The curriculum offers the vast majority of the nine General Education Objective requirements by offering classes in each of the objectives every Fall and Spring semester.

Through Honors Contracts with individual faculty members, you have the ability to deepen your learning in most classes, both upper- and lower-division, across campus.

Are there any required courses or events?

The required courses for Honors students are ACAD 1104: First-Year Transition Course and HONS 3391: Honors Seminar. Additional information and recommended Honors courses are also available.

For events, the students will attend one meeting each semester called the "Bi-Annual Honors Meeting" (BAHM). These are offered on multiple days at different times during a set week in the semester, and each time slot has multiple topics that students can pick from.

Lastly, students will need to participate in at least 1 Civic Engagement Opportunity each semester. These are campus or service activities found on campus, and the list of events is sent out in the Weekly Update.

Distinction vs. Degree: What's the difference?

The Honors Distinction and Honors Degree are two of the designations that you can earn while in the program. Below is a graph that accurately summarizes their differences, but additional information is available in Graduating With Honors.


What leadership opportunities are available within Honors?

Honors students can serve the Honors community through becoming Honors Peer Mentors, Honors Envoys, or CPIs for the UHP. 

What are the benefits of being in Honors?

While there are many reasons to be involved in Honors, the following is a list of the most-common benefits that Honors students receive:

    • Priority Course Registration
    • Honors-Only Scholarships 
    • Individualized Advising
    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
    • Leadership Experience Opportunities
    • Honors-Only Course Options
    • Personal Connections with ISU Professors and Instructors
    • Social & Service Activities

What scholarships are available for new Honors students?

First-Year, First-Time Honors students have access to several key scholarships for leadership, involvement, and housing. Additional scholarships for ISU students are posted on the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS). hehehehehe

What if I'm a Late-Admit or Transfer student?

While you won't be eligible for the First-Year, First-Time Honors scholarships, you are able to apply for any of the Current Honors student scholarships

Don't see your question here? Fill out the Request Honors Information survey to learn more about the UHP.