University of Iowa

Eligibility Requirements

Entering First-Years

  • Applications for Fall 2019 will be accepted in two rounds:  students who apply by November 15 will hear about admission to the program by February 1; students who apply after November 15 and by February 1 will hear about admission to the program by April 1.
  • Students must be admitted to the University of Iowa prior to submitting an application for the honors program. We recommend applying for admission to the university no later than November 1 if you plan to meet the November 15 honors application deadline, and no later than January 15 if you plan to meet the February 1 honors application deadline.
  • Students will apply for the honors program through their Admissions Profile in MyUI beginning in mid-September or within a week after being admitted to the university, whichever comes last. If you do not see the application in your Admissions Profile within those parameters, contact to have the application added to your profile.
  • There are not formal minimum requirements for entry into the honors program. However, most first-year honors students in Fall 2018 ranked in the top 5% of their high school graduating class. The middle 50% of students recorded their highest ACT composite (or SAT equivalent) between 30-33. A successful applicant generally will have earned mostly As and will have chosen a challenging and/or meaningful course of study as allowed by their high school's curriculum. We will also consider students' responses to an essay prompt as well as an activities list, both of which will play just as important a role as these academic credentials.
  • Be sure to use our Tips and Tricks page as you complete your application!

Transfer Students

  • Transfer students will continue to qualify for the honors program based on a 3.5 GPA in college coursework through the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Transfer students will apply for the honors program for Spring 2020 and later entry. We expect this application and more details to be available at a later date.

Transfer students entering through Fall 2019 can accept their invitation in MyUI, and we recommend scheduling an advising appointment with the Honors Advising Director, Holly Blosser Yoder, by emailing

Current Students

  • Current students who have fewer than 60 overall earned hours will continue to qualify for the honors program with a 3.5 or higher University of Iowa grade point average for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 entry into the program.
  • Current students will apply for the honors program for Fall 2019 and later entry.

Only coursework taken at the University of Iowa is considered for current Iowa students to qualify. Current students entering through Spring 2019 (based on Fall 2018 grades) 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 meet honors membership and curricular requirements 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 GPA 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 GPA reaches 3.5 or higher.

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