Honors Program

Video featuring Neovi Karakatsanis, Director, and several recent members of the Honors Program.

Program Benefits

  • Benefits of Participation

    The IU South Bend Honors Program offers many benefits ..

    • Honors Scholarships for all students
    • Attainment of the prestigious IU Honors Diploma in addition to a designation on one's permanent transcript that the student has completed programmatic requirements. The Honors Diploma will help students gain a competitive edge in employment and in professional graduate student applications.
    • Early Registration Privileges
    • Enrollment in small, discussion-based Honors Courses
    • Research Opportunities
    • Interaction with a supportive group of Honors peers (membership in the Honors Club)
    • Participation in Honors social events and travel opportunities
    • Opportunity to live in the Honors Living Learning Community at River Crossing
    • Use of the Honors Lounge (AI 160)
  • Admission Requirements
    High School Seniors

    If you have already received your letter of admission to the Honors Program and would like to be considered for Honors academic and housing scholarship awards, the current requirements are:

    • Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 3.5 (or greater)
    • Combined Reading and Math SAT score of at least 1170; or an ACT composite score of 24

    The priority filing deadline of the application is May 1, 2018.


    Current IU South Bend Students and Transfer Students (with at least 24-60 college credits)

    Current IU South Bend students and transfer students may apply to be considered for the Honors Program. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

    To be considered for the program, students should meet the following qualifications and complete the application:

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater
    • Application, including a Personal essay and Resume
  • Requirements to Remain in Good Standing
    To remain in good standing and to graduate with an IU Honors Diploma, current Honors Program students must:
    • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative IU South Bend GPA
    • Enroll in an Honors course each semester (including designated honors courses or converted honors course)
    • Receive a grade of B+ or higher in all honors courses taken
    • Enroll in HON-H 100 Freshman Honors Seminar within the first year admitted
    • Take a minimum of 18 credit hours of honors courses before graduation
    • Complete 10 hours of service per semester
    • Remain active in the program by attending a minimum of three honors events per semester, including, but not limited to, group outings, service projects, Honors Club events, etc.


    Honors Contract >>

    Activity Verification Form >>

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should I be concerned by the coursework?

    Q. I am worried that taking honors courses may be too much work or negatively impact my GPA. Why should I join the program and should I be overly concerned by the coursework?

    A. As stated on the Benefits of the Program page, students receive scholarships, early registration privileges, and many other benefits.  The program works to enrich its students’ college experiences and provide opportunities to help students reach their academic and professional goals. While the program does require some additional work, most students, who meet the application requirements and are admitted to the program, are more than capable of completing the work successfully.  The benefits are many.  Don’t be intimidated; the Program will work with each student to foster success.

  • How can I earn an Honor's Diploma?

    There are several ways students can earn the credits required (18 hours) to receive an honors diploma.

    These include the following: 

    • all honors-designated courses (such as H100, H399, etc.)
    • any honors section of an existing course (such as the honors sections of intro to psychology, intro to microeconomics, etc.)
    • any course that has been “converted” by the student into an honors course can be counted towards the required 18 hours of credit.
  • What is "converting a class to Honors?"

    To “convert” any course, eligible students must meet with the instructor of the course they would like to “convert” to seek the instructor’s approval. After receiving approval, students must complete an honors contract, which includes a brief description of the additional requirement(s) necessary to convert the course. The contract must then be signed by the instructor and student and should be returned by the student to the Honors Program by the end of the first week of classes. Contracts may be found on the Honors website or picked up in AI 164.

Students of Note

  • 2017 Graduates
    • Amanda Bogard
    • Keley Carmack
    • Tyler Clements
    • Rhea Fuhrman
    • Karie Furman
    • Pamela Hernandez
    • Rebecca Kenna
    • Sharon McFarland
    • Brent Moore
    • Jacob Parker
    • Quadira Price
    • Rhonda Redman
    • Darla Rowe
    • Natalie Rudlaff
    • Cheri Stalcup
  • Honors Club Members of the Year
    • Desmond Atem
    • Shail Bhagat
    • Benjamin Fager
    • Megan Flora
    • Gabrielle Garver
    • Alexandra Hochestetler
    • Leah Klopfenstein
    • Sergio Ortiz
    • Jacob Parker
    • Quadira Price
    • Kevin Schascheck
    • Cheri Stalcup
    • Susan Ward
    • Taylor Wiley
    • Julia Zehner
    • Sophia Zovich
  • Who's Who at IU South Bend | 2017
    • Nargiza Amirova
    • Katerine Arterbery
    • Desmond Atem
    • Evelyn Batres
    • Shail Bhagat
    • Lindsay Bosom
    • Kelsey Carmack
    • Lazhane Chaffer
    • Erin Clark
    • Tyler Clements
    • Jacob Cryer
    • Briauna Gaffen
    • Christine Hansen
    • Robyn Hawley
    • Stephen Holmes
    • Leah Klopfenstein
    • Raven Miller
    • Sergio Ortiz Cardoso
    • Jacob Parker
    • Rhonda Redman
    • Darla Rowe
    • Kevin Schascheck
    • Adam Schelle
    • Ryan Shields
    • Cheri Stalcup
    • Andi Trowbridge
    • Susan Ward
    • Dane Wysong
    • Romaric Zounlome
  • Student Government Association 2017-2018
    • President | Shail Bhagat
    • Vice President | Kevin Schascheck
    • Treasurer | Nargiza Amirova
    • Secretary | Andi Trowbridge
    • Senator | Rhonda Redman
    • Senator | Stephen Holmes
    • Senator | Ben Fager
    • Senator | Briauna Gaffney
  • Additional Honors
    • Jaime Sanchez | Distinguished Alumni Service Award Grant

      Jaime Sanchez was selected to receive a Distinguished Alumni Service Award Grant for spring semester 2017 from the Indiana University Alumni Association. Jaime, an Honors Student in the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, and his team won the StartUp Weekend Michiana competition with an App called HelloAgain. The HelloAgain App enables direct communication between business owners and their very best customers about promotions, special events, and new products, who will also be likely to share the news with their friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.

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Honors Club

Students who work to maintain academic excellence now have a club on campus which allows them to meet other students, like themselves. All members of the Honors Program are admitted as members of the IU South Bend Honors Club. 

  • Benefits of Membership

    The purpose of the Club is to provide students in the Program with a community of like-minded individuals as well as a social outlet for rest and relaxation. The Club serves to promote collaboration among its members and to encourage new student participation. It also encourages students to be involved on campus and within the local community. In short, the Club helps build relationships and social networks among some of the most highly motivated students and faculty on our campus—a benefit that will serve students well long into the future as they seek employment and admission to graduate and professional school programs.

  • Social Activities

    As a group, club members have group study sessions, movie nights, pizza parties, and they take trips. 

    Honors students have taken all expense paid trips to the Art Institute in Chicago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio, as well to Washington DC. Club activities are very strongly encouraged and will contribute to a more fulfilling college experience.