Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How do I apply?

Interested students will need to fill out the online application, have their official high school transcript sent, and submit a recommendation letter. The recommendation letter must be submitted by an academic reference such as a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal. There is no specific format in which the recommendation letter needs to be submitted.

Transcripts can be submitted through Parchment or mailed directly from the high school to:

Office of Admissions
Indiana State University
318 N. 6th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809

2. How long after I send in my application should I expect a response?

Once we have received your completed application with a recommendation letter and an official transcript, a decision will be made within two business weeks. If you would like to check the status of your application, please feel free to call the ISU Admissions Office at 1-800-GO-T0-ISU or email the office at

3. What is the cost of the program?

The total cost of the program is $375.00. There are no additional costs unless a student chooses to bring spending money. Unfortunately scholarships are not available at this time.

4. How many students attend Summer Honors?

Approximately 180 students attend the Summer Honors Program each year. The size of the seminar will vary but classes are intended to be small so that you receive individual attention from your faculty member.

5. What does a typical day at the Summer Honors Program include?

Students are required to attend each class session as well as mandatory floor meetings and evening events. While there is free time in the afternoon, the majority of the day is highly structured. Please note that even during free time students may have to complete homework assignments or study for their seminars. Below is listed a tentative itinerary. There will be fluctuations dependent on the individual seminar and nightly entertainment.

  • 7:00-7:50 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:00-11:50 a.m. Class
  • 12:00–12:50 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00-3:30 p.m. Class
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free time
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:30–8:00 p.m. Rock at the Rec Center
  • 8:00-11:00 p.m. Free time until curfew at 11:00 p.m.

6. Is Summer Honors a commuter or residential program?

Summer Honors students are required to live on campus. Commuting is not an option. Part of what makes Summer Honors such a valuable experience is that you get to experience first-hand what getting to live in a college residence hall entails.

7. Can I bring my car?

Students are required to stay on campus for the duration of the week. If you choose to bring your car, the Summer Honors staff will collect your keys during orientation and issue you a parking pass.

8. What do I need to bring?

For information on what items to bring, refer to this packing list.

9. Is there a curfew?

There is an enforced curfew. On Sunday through Thursday, students are not permitted to leave their room after 11:00 p.m. On Friday, the curfew check will be held at midnight.

10. What if I need medical attention during the week?

If a student becomes ill during regular business hours, students will be taken to the ISU Student Health Center. Students are required to bring their insurance card and will be charged their individual copay rate. If the student becomes ill during the evening, the director of the program will escort the student to Union Hospital. The emergency contact of the student will be contacted as soon as possible.

Last updated: July 14, 2014