Membership to the University Honors Program is by invitation only. To be invited, you must meet the following requirements. Entering first-year students who do not meet these requirements may apply for admission.

If you qualify for Honors at Iowa, we will send an invitation to your Iowa email address. You can accept our invitation beginning December 1.

Eligibility Requirements

Entering First-Years

  • High school grade point average of 3.8 or higher and ACT composite of 30+

First-years can accept their invitation through their admissions profile and must do so by May 15.

Transfer Students

  • 3.5 or higher overall college grade point average

Transfer status is considered when a student has at least 24 semester hours of college coursework. Transfer students can accept their invitation in MyUI, and we recommend scheduling an advising appointment with the Honors Advising Director, Holly-Yoder@uiowa.edu

Current Students

  • 3.5 or higher University of Iowa grade point average

Transfer coursework is not considered for current Iowa students. Current students can accept their invitation through MyUI, and we recommend scheduling an appointment with an Honors Peer Mentor.

Not sure if you'll qualify? Use the grade point average calculator to predict your eligibility. 


Staying in the Program

Being a member of the University Honors Program means you're able to take advantage of resources and opportunities not available to all students at the University of Iowa. Honors students can choose to live in honors housing, attend honors-only events, participate in honors programming, enroll in honors classes, have access to the Honors Student Center in the BHC, and much more.

You must maintain a UI cumulative grade point average of 3.33 or higher in order to remain a member of the University Honors Program.

If your UI cumulative grade point average falls below 3.33, you have one semester to rectify the situation. In other words, if your UI cumulative g.p.a. is lower than 3.33 for two consecutive spring and fall semesters, you will be removed from the program. You can rejoin if your UI g.p.a. reaches 3.5 or higher.

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