Participation in Honors

The Honors Program is available to students at all levels of university study. All qualified undergraduates, including entering freshmen, may take courses offered through the Honors Program. Students receive permission to register for honors work based on merit criteria, which stress aptitude, motivation, and past attainment.

The Honors Program recognizes that motivation, enthusiasm, and interest are often equally important indicators of success as numerical criteria. This flexibility assures that honors opportunities are available to all interested students.


Entering freshmen are automatically invited to participate in the Honors Program when they (1) have a minimum combined SAT mathematics, critical reading, and written score of 1800 or ACT composite score of 26 (2) will graduate in the upper 10 percent of their high school class; and (3) have maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in challenging, academic course work. Entering students who have been unconditionally admitted to University College are eligible to participate in honors courses.

Honors learning communities address the needs and interests of honors students and are available to qualifying full-time entering honors students.  Since all new full-time freshmen are required to participate in a learning, insofar as is possible, honors students will be placed in an honors learning community.

Transfer Admission

Transfer students who have completed at least 12 transferable credit hours at their previous institution with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher are encouraged to apply to the Honors Program.

Continuing IUPUI Student Admission

Freshmen and sophomores who are already enrolled at IUPUI are invited to apply to the Honors Program once they have completed at least 12 credit hours of nonremedial course work with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. 

Current IUPUI juniors who are interested in applying should have a GPA of 3.3 or higher and have completed at least 9 credit hours of honors course work previously.

For more information on Admission to the IUPUI Honors College please refer to