University Honors Requirements

Membership Requirements

  1. Upon entry to the program, attend an orientation session.
  2. Take an honors course in your first semester as a member.
  3. Maintain a 3.33 UI cumulative grade point average to maintain your membership in the program.
  4. Meet with your Honors Peer Mentor yearly to review your University Honors plan of study and to explore possible opportunities.

Curricular Requirements

  1. Complete 12 semester hours (s.h.) of honors coursework within your first 4 semesters in the program.*
  2. Earn at least 12 honors credits or "units" of experiential learning through one or more approved experiences.(Experiential learning credit does not necessarily earn s.h. credit.)
    *If students are enrolled part-time, each 12sh of coursework earned is equal to one "semester" for honors coursework deadlines.

Honors Coursework

Experiential Learning

College of Engineering Alternative

Engineering majors may choose to complete an alternate set of requirements in which selected experiences may substitute for coursework. These requirements apply to all Engineering students regardless of how or when they enter the program. Engineering students may also choose to complete the standard curriculum option.

Requirement: Take at least one Honors course in your first semester in the program and earn a minimum of 6 s.h. of honors coursework total.

Requirement: Earn the remaining amount of credit needed to complete 24 total Honors credits through a combination of 6-12 s.h. coursework and 12-18 experiential learning credits. Half of the 24 total credits (12) must be completed within six semesters of full-time registration as an honors student.

Additional options include:

  • Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program earns 12 honors credits
  • An internship or study abroad experience registered through the College of Engineering
    • Engineering students are required to register their internship with the college and are not required to complete pre and post questions, a narrative, or extra project through the honors program (does not apply to registrations with a course code of ABRD - these must be completed through honors)
    • Students can earn 2-6 honors credits per engineering internship, co-op, or study abroad opportunity, depending on the length of the program and whether the student is working full- or part-time
    • Honors credits will be awarded by the end of the semester for students who are registered; no additional paperwork is required to earn honors credit for these experiences
  • An Engineering community engagement experience
    • Maximum of 10 honors credits counted toward University Honors, no more than 4 from the same experience
      • each experience below counts as 2 honors credits (per semester)
        • A leadership role in an Engineering student organization
        • Engineering Teaching Assistant
        • Hanson Center for Technical Communication Peer Consultant
        • Engineering Tutor
        • Engineering Student Ambassador
        • Engineering Peer Advisor
    • Students must complete the form linked HERE and above in order to be awarded honors credit for these experiences
    • email the completed form and reflection to the Assessment Manager & Admissions Coordinator (

Please contact the Honors Assessment Manager and Admissions Coordinator if you are an engineering student and have questions about your honors experiential learning credits.