Applications for Fall 2020 program membership were available March 1 - May 1, 2020. Spring 2021 program membership applications will be available October 1 - December 1, 2020. 


  • 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.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you apply by October 20, 2019 and have met with an Honors Peer Mentor prior to applying, you will have an admission decision before Early Registration begins for the Spring 2020 semester. Students applying after October 20 and by December 1 will receive admission decisions on a rolling basis, with final decisions being communicated no more than three weeks after the final deadline.

Be sure to read through your Next Steps here.


Application content

There are three main questions on the current student application.

  • Short answer:  Why do you want to be part of the University Honors community? (250 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 completes an appeal form. 

Students should schedule an appointment with a Peer Mentor and be prepared to discuss the specific entries for their appeal form. It's okay if you don't have the whole thing filled out before your appointment, but you should at least print the form ahead of time and fill in any past experiences that counted for University Honors credit. If you are unsure, you can pull a "What If?" degree audit for University Honors in MyUI.

Appeal forms 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 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.

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.