Applications for Spring 2022 program membership applications were available October 1 - December 1, 2021. The next cycle for current University of Iowa students to apply will be March 1, 2022 - May 2, 2022.


  • Applicants should be prepared to maintain the 3.33 minimum cumulative UI GPA required for retaining membership in the honors program.
  • Current UI students who are completing an application to join the program are strongly encouraged to meet with an honors Peer Mentor as they develop their application materials. Students who do not meet with a Peer Mentor prior to applying may be asked to complete an appointment before receiving a final admission decision if the application we receive indicates the applicant may not fully understand the University Honors program or curriculum.
  • Applications are available to students new to the program as well as those who were previously members and would like to join again. Students who were previously in the program might also consider the appeal process detailed below.

Application content

There are three main questions on the current student application.

  • Short answer:  How have you used reflection and/or introspection in your personal and academic journey? In your answer, please also answer: Why do you want to be a member of the Honors Community? (500 words or less)
  • Please list three to five courses you would plan to take in order to fulfill the 12sh honors coursework requirements. (Students are encouraged to review the coursework page of our website to prepare this answer.)
  • Please describe how you plan to complete the required 12 credits in experiential learning prior to graduating. (Students are encouraged to review the experiential learning page of our website to prepare this answer.)

Students won't be required to complete the University Honors curriculum exactly as they have laid out in their answers. However, we do want to see that students have seriously considered the program requirements and understand how they might work towards program completion. Honors Peer Mentors can help with the preparation of your answers to questions 2 and 3 listed here.

Past University Honors members

Students who:

  • were previously in the program,
  • took at least one honors course in the past, and
  • currently have at least a 3.33 minimum cumulative UI graded GPA

may choose to complete an appeal process to re-join the program rather than completing the application. The appeal process is available during the entirety of the fall and spring semesters and requires that the appealing student meets with an Honors Peer Mentor and construct a detailed plan for completing the 24 honors credits (12 coursework and 12 experiential learning) required to graduate with University Honors. 

Students should schedule an appointment with a Peer Mentor and be prepared to discuss specific plans for any remaining honors coursework and experiential credits needed. Ahead of your appointment, review your University Honors degree audit. Review the University Honors curricular requirements and opportunities for options that interest you.

In meeting with your peer mentor, you will create a bulleted list of the honors credit already completed and a bulleted plan (or plans) for completing the remaining credit needed by graduation. Email the plan to your peer mentor. The peer mentor will forward the plan with their recommendation to the Honors Advising Staff for approval. 

Appeals will be reviewed for approval within two weeks of submission.

You must meet honors membership and curricular requirements in order to remain a member of the University Honors Program.

Staying in the Program

If your UI cumulative grade point average falls below 3.33, you have one semester of "probation" to bring your GPA back to the 3.33 threshold. In other words, if your UI cumulative GPA is lower than 3.33 for two consecutive spring and fall semesters, you will be removed from the program.

The first full semester you are enrolled as an Honors student you will need to complete at least one honors course. You will have four semesters after joining Honors to complete 12 honors coursework credits. For more requirements view this page:

Students who leave the program due to missing coursework or a GPA below the minimum can reapply to the program, but should be prepared to demonstrate readiness to maintain the curricular and GPA requirements.

Your membership does not guarantee you will graduate with University Honors.