Honors College

The Honors College is an academic unit offering classes and experiences designed to enrich students’ education. As members of this college, students participate in a core of small and powerful classes, taught by faculty selected for their expertise and devotion to academic excellence. The Honors College dean, staff, and faculty work closely with each student to design a program of study that enhances her or his academic major and provides the best possible preparation for professional development and advanced study. Benefits of being an Honors student are many, and include a dynamic classroom environment; a vibrant community of peers; supportive faculty mentors; interdisciplinary courses that feature exciting perspectives on world events, culture, and history; high-powered experiential learning, including undergraduate research and internships; scholarly travel and field trips in the United States and abroad; special assistance with scholarships and job opportunities; priority registration; and honors housing.


Honors College Application

Admission to the Honors College is based upon academic performance and potential. There is not an application deadline, but interested students are encouraged to apply early, especially if they are interested in living in an Honors residence hall. Applicants must be admitted to Indiana State University before they will be considered for Honors College admission.

To apply to the Honors College, please complete an online application

Note: If you have a 3.7 or higher high school GPA and you indicated on your ISU application that you would like to be admitted to the Honors College, you do not need to submit a separate Honors College application.


Honors College News

STATE HonorsJune 2019 Honors College Newsletter

This issue features stories written by current Honors students about their research projects, insight gained from interactions with guest speakers, and a GH 301 trip to London. It also recognizes the May 2019 Honors College graduates and award recipients and highlights the Spring 2019 senior thesis titles.


Joseph Twitdy - STATE MagazineGiving Back to Blue
STATE Magazine  •  March 20, 2019

Joseph Twitdy enjoys solving other people’s problems. It’s a fitting strength for the Schererville, Ind. native who will graduate this spring with a major in psychology, a minor in counseling, and a dream of becoming a clinical psychologist. It’s a challenge Twitdy will tackle at Indiana State, where he will work on his doctorate of psychology and give back to his community. His undergraduate career has prepared him for his next journey." READ MORE

Give to Blue Day is Wednesday, March 13
'Give to Blue Day' sets fundraising record
ISU Newsroom  •  March 14, 2019

"Sycamores were called upon to support Indiana State University during its inaugural Give to Blue Day -- and they answered in record-breaking fashion. Nearly 1,700 donors -- from Terre Haute to Australia -- contributed more than $430,000, making it the largest single-day fundraiser in university history." READ MORE

Andrew VanDenburgh - STATE MagazineTop Notch
STATE Magazine  •  March 1, 2019

"Business undergrad lands a job with Amazon after wowing them during an internship his junior year. Andrew VanDenburgh may be in his final semester at Indiana State, but he’s already looking beyond commencement after he accepted a position last fall as an area manager at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Denver." READ MORE

Myles Hesse - STATE Magazine

Setting the Stage
STATE Magazine  •  February 26, 2019

"Family often helps write the script of our lives, and for Myles Hesse, family shaped the course of his academic career. When Myles was in seventh grade, his three sisters were cast in a local production of Les Misérables. As the only member of the family not asked to be a part of the show, Myles vowed to be a part of every production thereafter. Now, Myles, a senior from Madison, Indiana, has held true to that promise. He graduates this spring with degrees in English and theater with a concentration in Playwriting, Directing, and Dramaturgy." READ MORE

Garrett Short
Seizing Opportunity
STATE Magazine  •  October 1, 2018

"No one at Indiana State University should be surprised when senior Garrett Short’s name appears in Indiana Statesman sports articles. Or his voice is heard on WZIS. Or they spot his handy work while watching ESPN3. And this summer, Short expanded his fan base when he left campus for an internship with KBJR 6, an NBC station in Duluth, Minn., along Lake Superior." READ MORE

Abigail Grider
Kingdom of the West
STATE Magazine  •  September 1, 2018

"A study abroad experience in Morocco inspires a yearning to learn more in economics major Abigail Grider." As an Honors student, Grider is pursuing a double major in economics and language studies and a certification in teaching English as a second language. READ MORE


Honors Student Spotlight​

Learn about Honors student Juan Nysschen’s motivation to become a doctor and his experience volunteering at a medical clinic in Ecuador with Timmy Global Health! 


Alumni Spotlight​: Sarah Ford, '15

Honors alumna Sarah Ford is a Research Associate at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She is part of a team that is working to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction using stem cells.


Support the Honors College

If you would like to help support opportunities for Honors students, please consider making a donation to the Honors College.

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