Honors Requirements:

All colleges have these requirements in common:

  • You should plan to take at least two Honors courses and two Honors seminars during your time at ISU. 
  • You may apply to your college’s Honors Program if you have at least 48 credits remaining before graduation. On a standard four-year program, this generally means that applications must be submitted no later than the fall of your junior year.
  • You need to submit a Program of Study to the chair of your college’s Honors Committee (see resource list below), typically at the end of sophomore/beginning of junior year.
  • You need to complete an Honors Project; project forms are typically due at the beginning of your senior year (two semesters before graduation). Most colleges require students register for a minimum number of research credits.


    Honors Timeline:

    First Year

    Fall semester:

    Spring semester:

    Completing the Degree Program Assignment for your First-Year HON 121 seminar does not complete the application process for admission to your College Honors Program.

    You must submit a Letter of Intent.

    Second Year

    Fall semester:

    • Attend your College Honors Program orientation/information session

    Spring semester:

    • Attend your College Honors Program orientation/information session if you have not already done so
    • Meet with your College's Honors advisor and submit your Program of Study
    • Begin brainstorming your Honors Project & identify a faculty mentor
    • Prepare to apply for nationally competitive awards (fellowships / scholarships)

    Third Year

    Fall semester:

    • Meet with faculty/your advisor to submit your Project Proposal (recommended)

    Spring semester:

    Fourth Year

    • Last chance to submit Honors Project Proposal & complete Project
    • Present your project: Poster Presentation, Research Symposium, Research in the Capitol, National Conferences
    • Apply for nationally competitive awards (fellowships/scholarships) & graduate school/jobs
    • Finish remaining Honors requirements and GRADUATE with HONORS!