University of Iowa
  • Applications Deadlines: For Fall 2020 admission, students who apply by November 15 will hear about admission to the program by January 10. Students who apply after November 15 and by January 10 will hear about admission to the program by February 1.
  • Application Process: Students must be admitted to the University of Iowa prior to submitting an application for the honors program, but they do not need to commit to attending the university prior to applying for honors. 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 December 26 if you plan to meet the January 10 honors application deadline.
    • Students will apply for the honors program through their Admissions Profile in MyUI beginning in 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.
Characteristics of a successful application

There are not formal minimum requirements for entry into the honors program, nor are there guarantees of admission given a specific high school GPA or standardized test score. However, applicants might consider the following characteristics when choosing to apply:

  • A successful applicant typically will have earned mostly "A"s in core courses and will have chosen a challenging and/or meaningful course of study as allowed by their high school's curriculum.
  • Most first-year honors students (Fall 2018) ranked in the top 5% of their high school graduating class.
  • The middle 50% of first-year honors students (Fall 2018) recorded their highest ACT composite (or SAT equivalent) between 30-33.
  • Students' responses to the essay prompt and activities lists will play an important role in the selection of future honors students.

Be sure to use our Tips and Tricks page as you complete your application!

Admitted to Honors? Here are your next steps:
  1. Schedule a visit. We'd love to meet you!
  2. Learn more about Honors Housing.
  3. Prepare for your Honors Orientation.
  4. Consider attending Honors Primetime.
  5. Review Membership Requirements.
Staying in the Program

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.