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Honors College

The Honors College is an academic unit offering classes and experiences designed to enrich students’ education. As members of this college, students participate in a core of small and powerful classes, taught by faculty selected for their expertise and devotion to academic excellence. The Honors College dean, staff, and faculty work closely with each student to design a program of study that enhances the student's academic major and provides the best possible preparation for professional development and advanced study. Benefits of being an Honors student are many, and include a dynamic classroom environment; a vibrant community of peers; supportive faculty mentors; interdisciplinary courses that feature exciting perspectives on world events, culture, and history; high-powered experiential learning, including undergraduate research and internships; scholarly travel and field trips in the United States and abroad; special assistance with scholarships and job opportunities; priority registration; and honors housing.


Honors College Application

Admission to the Honors College is based upon academic performance and potential. There is not an application deadline, but interested students are encouraged to apply early, especially if they are interested in living in an Honors residence hall. Applicants must be admitted to Indiana State University before they will be considered for Honors College admission.

To apply to the Honors College, please complete an online application

Note: If you have a 3.7 or higher high school GPA and you indicated on your ISU application that you would like to be admitted to the Honors College, you do not need to submit a separate Honors College application.


Honors Student Spotlight​: Tejas Kandharkar

People of STATE: Tejas Kandharkar

"At one o’clock in the morning, Indiana State University’s campus slumbered. The lights of Cunningham Memorial Library and a few residence hall rooms shone with late night studies, but the normally bustling quad was deserted. Senior Tejas Kandharkar admired the quiet, then blinked as he stepped into the fluorescent lighting of a science building lab. For two years, he has been a lab assistant using fruit flies to research genes involved in heart development with Shaad Ahmad, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biology." READ MORE


Honors Student Spotlight​: Carla Morales

People of STATE: Carla Morales

"Carla Morales wants to patch the holes in “Swiss cheese”. The Indiana State University senior from Downers Grove, Illinois isn’t a culinary connoisseur. She’s a technical wizard who is passionate about helping others protect their digital data from cybercrime." READ MORE


Honors Student Spotlight​: MaKenzie Quissell

People of STATE: MaKenzie Quissell

"MaKenzie Quissell’s pursuit of a finance major and minor in financial services and insurance/risk management was her primary reason for accepting the Scott College of Business’ Networks Professional Development Scholarship." READ MORE


Honors Alumni Spotlight: Kayla Dunagan, '18

"Kayla Dunagan was hesitant her senior year at Indiana State University to take an internship in the newborn intensive care unit at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Encouragement she received from her professors pushed her to pursue the opportunity, which led to her career as nurse in the NICU right after graduation." READ MORE


Honors Alumni Spotlight​: Sarah Ford, '15

"Marisa Korody, scientist, and Sarah Ford, research associate, work under the umbrella of the Northern White Rhino initiative, at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, where they are working to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction. The two met while Korody was getting her Ph.D. at State and helping train Ford who was a student worker in the genome lab. It was one of their professors who inspired Korody to want to work at the research lab after she did her sabbatical there. Hear about how they networked and took advantage of the resources State has to offer, to land their dream jobs." READ MORE


Support the Honors College

If you would like to help support opportunities for Honors students, please consider making a donation to the Honors College.

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