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Student Admission Criteria

The University Honors Program considers each applicant individually and comprehensively. Selection to the program is competitive and applications are considered as they are received. Limited spaces are available.

If you sent in an application and then received a better ACT or SAT score at a later date, you MUST contact the Honors Program in order for your application to be reconsidered.

First Year Student Admission

  • High school GPA of 3.6 or better
  • Meet either the SAT or ACT Minimum listed below:
    • SAT Minimum:
      • Total Score from Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math of 1200 or better
    • ACT Minimum: 25 composite
  • Must be pursuing a four-year bachelor's degree.  Associate's degrees are not eligible for Honors
  • Two letters of reference. These can be 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)
  • Research paper (preferably 3-5 pages; please supply teacher's name, class, and date written)
  • List of leadership experiences and club involvement
  • List of prior and/or current college coursework       

Sophomores, Juniors, and Transfer Students

  • ISU or transfer students with a 3.5 GPA or better
  • Must be pursuing a four-year bachelor's degree.  Associate's degrees are not eligible for Honors
  • Completed at least 26 credits
  • Completed ENGL 1101 or its equivalent with a grade of B or better
  • Research paper sample (preferably 3-5 pages; please supply teacher's name, class, and date written)

Transfer students may apply up to 9 credits of Honors work from other institutions towards an Honors Distinction, and up to 12 credits of Honors work towards an Honors Degree. Contact Us

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