University Honors builds a strong intellectual foundation with honors coursework and enriches scholarly activity through experiential learning.

Membership Requirements

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Nursing

Honors Coursework

Our students build a strong foundation of knowledge through honors coursework. Honors classes are often smaller with more focused discussion and activity with excellent faculty and staff.

Requirement: Earn a minimum of 12 s.h. of honors coursework by the end of your 4th full semester in the program.

What to Do:
  1. Attend a University Honors orientation after you have accepted our invitation to join.
  2. First-year students (fall semester) -- Enroll in an Honors First-Year Seminar (this is optional if you are already required to take one by your major.)
  3. All other new members -- If possible, enroll in an honors class. If classes are already in session or you cannot find an honors class to enroll in, contract a regular class for honors credit or wait until the following semester to begin earning honors credit.
  4. Complete 12 s.h. of honors coursework by the end of your 4th full semester in the program.
  5. Maintain a 3.33 UI Cumulative g.p.a.

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning is learning-by-doing; getting hands-on experience in real world situations. Our students enrich their academic experience by taking their knowledge outside of the classroom in a variety of unique and valuable ways.

Requirement: Earn a minimum of 12 honors credits through experiential learning. You can begin at any time!

What to Do:

Choose one or combine multiple experiences:

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College of Engineering

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: Earn a minimum of 6 s.h. of honors coursework. Engineering majors can apply an additional 6 s.h. for a maximum of 12 s.h.

Requirement: Earn the remaining amount of credit needed to complete 12 s.h. of honors coursework (or equivalent) and 12 honors credits through experiential learning. 

Additional options to those listed above include:

  • Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program
  • An internship or study abroad experience approved 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
  • 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