All new members are invited to attend the 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2022 Honors Orientation webinar--whether they join as a first year, transfer, or current student. Honors students attending the on-campus Be a Hawkeye events are welcome to visit the Honors Program home on the fourth floor of the Blank Honors Center during the 3:30-4:30 p.m. open house time on those days. Anxious to get started? Review our Honors Program Orientation Sheet and watch the recorded Honors Program information session from 2021, below.
Note: There are many different paths to University Honors! Please consult with your academic advisor before changing an existing schedule.
Incoming First Year Honors Students
Incoming first year honors students enrolling for fall semester register for a required honors first year seminar* and, if possible, for Honors Primetime, the pre-semester honors class. Beyond these unique first year opportunities, we recommend that you select as many honors classes and sections available to you, given your major or general education requirements. A typical first semester schedule will include anywhere from one to four honors classes.
* Students in the College of Engineering, Tippie Direct Admits, and other students whose majors require them to take a specific first year seminar may substitute a different honors class for this requirement. For these students, an honors first year seminar is recommended but not required.
Introduction to Honors Curriculum
- The University Honors curriculum is made up of 12 semester hours of honors coursework and 12 honors credits (or units) of experiential learning.
- The goal for orientation is for new honors students to register for their first semester courses. For first year students, this typically includes an honors first year seminar, Honors Primetime, and possibly one or two other honors general education courses.
- Honors Courses will be taken over a student's first four semesters, usually in the form of classes that also meet general education requirements. The 12 semester hour (s.h.) requirement usually works out to be three or four courses. Students may continue to take honors classes after this, but the honors coursework requirement is fulfilled at 12 s.h. These courses may be honors versions of general education courses, honors versions of required departmental courses, or Honors Primetime and first year seminars. Your academic advisor can help you locate honors courses on MyUI.
- There are many ways to earn experiential learning credit, including, but not limited to internships, service learning, study abroad, research, and honors in the major. The focus at orientation, however, is on honors coursework. Honors students will be able to meet with honors peer mentors or a member of the honors advising staff once they are on campus in the fall to explore which experiential option or combination of options might be the best fit for them, and when to complete them.
- Honors Primetime is a three-and-a-half day workshop exclusively for incoming first year honors students which earns participating students one semester hour of honors coursework credit. See below for more information on this unique opportunity!
- Honors students are required to enroll in an honors first year seminar for their first semester.
- First year seminars are one-semester-hour courses taken during a student's first semester. Students can choose from a wide range of courses and disciplines and need not select a topic related to their major. We encourage openness, flexibility and exploration in selecting a first year seminar!
- Honors students who are required to enroll in a specific first year seminar for their major (e.g., engineering, Tippie direct admit) may substitute any other honors class or honors contracted class to fulfil this requirement. If schedules allow, we encourage adding an honors first year seminar as well.
Primetime is a three-and-a-half day optional class for incoming first year honors students. Workshops of about twenty students engage in hands-on learning with exceptional UI faculty and staff, and successful completion earns one semester hour of honors credit.
Students at Primetime move in early, get to know other honors students, connect with honors staff and faculty, and gain an introduction to the distinct approach honors education offers, all while becoming familiar with the university campus and Iowa City.
We recommend that transfer students joining University Honors explore honors in the major through their individual majors and colleges. Honors contracting is another option particularly suited to transfer students. Students transferring from an honors program at a different college or university may be able to apply previous honors coursework to their University Honors degree audit. Contact email@example.com early in your program membership to explore this possibility.
Transfer students are encouraged to make an individual appointment for honors advising early in their first semester at Iowa.
Current Student Orientation & Welcome to Honors
Honors Peer Mentors and Outreach Ambassadors hold Welcome to Honors and group advising sessions for current/continuing students who join the program. Welcome to Honors sessions are held within the first five weeks of the semester and are advertised in the Honorable Messenger, our weekly email newsletter. New members receive an email invitation to sign up for a Welcome to Honors session. New members may also arrange individualized honors advising. See here for more information about Peer Mentoring.