University of Iowa

Graduating with Honors

There are two ways to graduate with honors at the University of Iowa: University Honors and honors in your major.

University Honors

Fall 2018 degree applications are due September 28, 2018. Spring 2019 degree applications are due February 22, 2019. Completing your degree application through MyUI will automatically prompt a review for completion of University Honors, and one of two things will happen:

  1. If you complete your degree application and your honors degree audit shows that you have fulfilled University Honors requirements*, you will receive preapproval to graduate with University Honors within a month after the degree application deadline.
    Students in the College of Engineering do not need to notify us if they plan to use the Engineering Exception. Even though your degree audit will not say "requirements complete", you will still be cleared for graduation if you meet the exception requirements.

  2. If your honors degree audit shows you have completed the required coursework but does not reflect 12 experiential learning credits*, you will receive a form via email within a month after the degree application deadline through which you can apply for the University Honors designation. If you believe you should have received this form and have not, please contact us at

*Students completing honors in the major will not see this on their University Honors degree audits. However, your work towards honors in the major should otherwise be clear to us; if you have 12sh of honors coursework and are working towards honors in the major, you should fall into category 1. If, however, you are working towards honors in the major and do receive the form referenced in category 2, it will be imperative to respond in a timely way so that we can clear up the missing information with you and your department or college.


The program typically hosts a Commendation Ceremony to recognize students graduating with University Honors on the Friday evening of the spring Commencement weekend. Information will be shared with students after the preapproval process described above has been completed. December and August graduates are welcome to participate as well and should contact the program at least a month before spring commencement weekend if they would like to attend.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major is based on the college and department you are earning your degree from. Information on honors in the major for each undergraduate degree granting college can be found at:

There is no distinct universal application for graduating with honors in the major. It is associated with your degree application. Information on the Degree Application process can be found here. Questions about your eligibility to graduate with honors in the major should be directed to your department or college.


Honors Thesis Submission Agreement

Any student submitting work to the Honors Thesis Repository must complete this form. Not all students will submit their work to the repository. Be sure to discuss this with your thesis mentor.  

Submission Agreement

Submit an Honors Thesis
  1. Discuss making your thesis/project available online with your faculty mentor and submit an an Honors Thesis Submission Agreement if you wish to make your work available online. 
  2. Prepare an abstract of 400 words or less. You will submit this through the website just before uploading your thesis/project.
  3. Click the button below to log in to Iowa Research Online and upload your thesis/project. If you have not submitted to Iowa Research Online before you will need to create a new account.

Upload Your Honors Thesis