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Honors Admission Criteria

2021 UHP students

Selection to the University Honors Program (UHP) is competitive and applications are considered as they are received. Applications should be complete (all material submitted) by December 15 for priority consideration for the following Fall Semester. Applications will be considered holistically, and limited spaces are available. If all initial spaces have been filled, you may be placed on a waitlist.

To qualify for First Time, First Year Honors Scholarships, all materials must be received no later than February 15 (the official ISU scholarship deadline) for Fall entry and November 1st for Spring entry.

International Students: Please note that the ISU application deadline for International Students is May 1st for Fall entry and November 1st for Spring entry.  Please use the International Student Application to apply to the Honors Program.

Honors Admission Criteria

First Time, First Year Students

(Recent high school graduates or students who have not previously attended ISU or another university/college. Includes International Students.)

  • High school GPA (unweighted) of 3.6 or better from an accredited school -OR- SAT Total Score (reading/writing/math) of 1200 or greater -OR- ACT composite score of 25 or greater.  No super-scoring.
  • One letter of reference. The letter can come from a high school teacher, official, or non-related individual (principal, assistant principal, counselor, or someone who can speak to the applicant's academic abilities).
  • 2-3 page personal statement addressing your goals and how membership in UHP will benefit you.  In addition, if you do not meet the GPA guideline, please include a discussion of that in this essay.
  • List of leadership experiences and community involvement, including student clubs, service projects, etc.
  • List of prior and/or current college coursework.  

Note: For admittance to the program students can pursue an Associate program; however, students must obtain a Bachelor's degree in order to graduate from the Honors Program.

If you sent in an application and then received a higher ACT or SAT score at a later date, you MUST contact the Honors Program in order for your application to be reconsidered. Contact us at honors@isu.edu.

Current ISU Students and Transfer Students

(Students already attending ISU or students transferring from another university or college. Includes International students.)

  • Completed at least 26 college credits (does not include AP credits or Early College and Dual Enrollment courses taken in high school).
  • University/College GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Completed ENGL 1101 (or equivalent) with a grade of B or better.
  • One letter of reference. The letter can be from a professor, instructor, advisor, official, or non-related individual, or someone who can speak to the applicant's abilities.
  • 2-3 page personal statement addressing your goals and how membership in UHP will benefit you.  In addition, if you do not meet the GPA guideline, please include a discussion of that in this essay.

Note: Transfer students may apply up to 9 credits of Honors work from other institutions towards an Honors Distinction, or up to 12 credits of Honors work towards an Honors Degree.

Note: For admittance to the program students can pursue an Associate program; however, students must obtain a Bachelor's degree in order to graduate from the Honors Program.