Honors Primetime is a three-and-a-half day workshop for incoming first-year honors students. Workshops of about twenty students engage in hands-on learning on a topic of their choosing with exceptional UI faculty and staff, and successful completion earns 1 semester hour of honors credit. Students have the opportunity to get to know other honors students, connect with honors staff and faculty, and be exposed to the distinct approach honors education offers while learning their way around campus and Iowa City.

How to Register

Registration for 2017 closed at 11:59 PM CST on Sunday July 30. 2018 registration will open in late July.

  • Participants move in the Sunday before classes begin and check in with us the following day (Monday) before attending a welcome event.
  • Workshops are held all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and in the morning on Thursday.
  • The Primetime Symposium is held Thursday afternoon at the Englert Theatre.
  • For more information read our Primetime FAQ!

Register for Primetime!


Student Perspective 

Real thoughts from real honors students

  • By enrolling in Honors Primetime, I was permitted to come to campus early. My roommate and I really got a feel for the Iowa City and UIowa community. We walked around the University. We checked out a famous bookstore called Prairie Lights and got frozen yogurt from Yotopia.
  • Each Primetime Class is only 20-30 students large. This was my first experience on campus, so it allowed me to meet other new members of the Honors Program. I was surprised to see many of their faces in my chemistry class on the first day of school.
  • Taking this class introduced me to the culture of college classes and how to interact with professors.
  • Primetime concluded with a symposium in which each workshop group presented a brief summary of what they learned. This way, I learned about different topics and fields of study at the University.