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Honors Eligibility

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. For more information about applying to Indiana State University, please call 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or visit the Office of Admissions website at

To apply to the Honors College, please complete an online application. Please contact the Honors College at 812-237-3225 with any questions about the Honors admission process. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to earn really good grades in high school to get into the Honors College?

Goods grades are helpful, but the Honors College admits students based on a variety of criteria from high school. The emphasis is on student potential and motivation, and that can be demonstrated in many ways. If you are an extremely motivated student that struggled a bit in high school, please contact us; we want to talk with you.

Can I enter the Honors College if I did not join directly from high school?

Certainly. The Honors College will consider your performance in University classes, at ISU or elsewhere, in making the decision to admit you.

Can I still be in Honors if I'm undecided on my major?

Definitely. Honors is designed to fit with any major, and earning Foundational Studies credits by taking General Honors classes is a great way to start and may help you choose a major.

Will Honors be too much for me if I'm an athlete, belong to a student organization, have a job, etc.?

Many Honors students are very involved on campus and quite successful in their Honors classes and degree program. The key is being aware of your own limitations and learning how to manage your time. While Honors classes are more challenging, you should also find them more engaging, which will help you stay interested and motivated to be successful.


Incoming Freshman

Freshmen applicants must have met at least one of the following criteria to be considered for admission to the Honors College:

  • A cumulative high school grade point average equal to or higher than 3.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • 1170 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or higher

  • ACT composite score of 24 or higher

  • Graduate within the top ten percent (10%) of your high school class

Transfer Students

If you are transferring to ISU from another institution and would like to join the Honors College, you should have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 in classes from a four-year institution or 3.5 in classes from a community college.

Current ISU Students

If you are a current Indiana State University student and would like to join the Honors College, you should have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 in your classes at ISU.


Greg Bierly, Dean

Pickerl Hall 110
Indiana State University
812.237.3676 fax

Office Hours:
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM