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Admission and Academic Policies

The IUPUI Honors College is open to specific scholarship cohorts of incoming freshmen for every major offered at IUPUI. Incoming freshmen who have completed a rigorous program of study in secondary school, maintained a GPA of 3.75 or better, and have an ACT composite score of 28 or an SAT critical reading and math combined score of 1310 or higher are automatically offered admission to the IUPUI Honors College once they are admitted to IUPUI. This includes all Bepko Scholars and Fellows, Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars, Plater International Scholars, and Chancellor's Scholars.

The IUPUI Honors College offers high-ability incoming freshmen the opportunity to apply for our named scholarships, which include the Bepko Scholars and Fellows Program, the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholarship, and the Plater International Scholars Program. For details on these awards and information on the application process, visit the Honors College website. The application deadline for these scholarships is November 15.

The Honors College holds a two-day overnight orientation for incoming freshmen in early June. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about the Honors College and requirements, meet with their honors advisors as well as their school advisors, get to know other Honors College scholars, and register for classes for the upcoming semester.

All Honors College scholars are required to complete one honors course or experience every fall and spring semester. They may take no more than 6 credit hours of honors work each semester. Scholars are required to complete a total of 24 honors credits with a minimum honors and cumulative GPA of 3.3 to graduate with honors.

Honors College scholars who are admitted as incoming freshmen on an Honors College scholarship are also required to complete a minimum number of documented volunteer hours each academic year.

Continuing and transfer students may be admitted to the IUPUI Honors College through admission to their school honors program. Admission must be granted no later than the beginning of the junior year to have ample time to complete the 24 hours of honors coursework required for graduation with honors. The Honors College holds an orientation session in late August for all Honors College scholars who are entering the college through an academic school’s honors program.

Scholars who meet all of the requirements to graduate with honors at the end of their senior year are invited to attend the Honors College graduation dinner where they will receive honors cords and a medallion to wear at commencement.