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Honors Program

The O'Neill Honors Program offers select students across all O'Neill majors an opportunity to enrool in a challenging academic program that will enhance learning opportunities. Benefits include:

  • Increased opportunities to interact with faculty members.
  • Greater depth of learning in your major through additional challenges.
  • Enhanced relationships with other motivated, high-achieving students.
  • Enriched classroom discussions.
  • Access to the IUPUI Honors College facility such as dedicated study space, computer lab, group-work rooms, interaction with other honors students, and access to the honors college advisors.
  • Opportunity to pursue the Honors Minor in Leadership.
Admission Requirements
  1. Be admitted to O'Neill.
  2. Have 12 IUPUI GPA hours completed with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  3. Be enrolled at IUPUI full time.
  4. Complete O'Neill Honors Program application.
  5. Have completed no more than 42 credit hours at the time of application.
Program Requirements

To successfully complete the O'Neill Honors Program, a student must:

  • Maintain a cumulative and term GPA or 3.3 or above.
  • Maintain a 3.3 or above in honors courses.
  • Complete 24 total honors credit hours (15 hours of required O'Neill honors courses plus 9 hours of honors electives).
  • Complete an Honors course or experience every semester

Any student who fails to maintain the GPA requirements will be put on probation status for one semester, will be required to meet with the O'Neill Honors Advisor to discuss his or her standing in the program and must complete an Honors Probation Contract. If the student is unable to meet the GPA requirements in subsequent terms, he or she may be dismissed from the O'Neill Honors program

Honors Courses
  1. Complete 15 hours of O'Neill Major courses for Honors credit.
    1. We recommend working with the O'Neill Honors Advisor to plan these courses. Taking courses from full-time O'Neill faculty will be preferred for Honors credit O'Neill courses.
    2. O'Neill classes being taken for Honors credit will include additional requirements beyond those in the regular course offering. Examples of additional requirements include (applicable paperwork must be submitted and approved prior to the experience in order to receive Honors credit):
      • A major paper not required in the regular course
      • Additional readings not required in the regular course
      • Additional or different questions on exams; these questions may cover additional material or require mastery of material beyond the level required in the regular course
      • Other additional assignments not required in the regular course
      • Adding an Honors component to study abroad, service learning, senior capstone, or internship experiences
  2. Complete 9 hours of Honors elective courses.

A student is encouraged to meet with the O'Neill Honors Advisor each term to complete the contract required to enroll in an honors course. Students then will submit the contract to the Honors College no later than the third week of classes, though we recommend submitting paperwork prior to the start of the semester.