The Honors Program at IU South Bend provides many opportunities, challenges, and rewards for outstanding undergraduate students. The Freshman Honors Seminar, Honors sections of general education courses, special interdisciplinary Honors courses, and optional Senior Honors Projects enable students to enhance their learning experience in a “small college atmosphere” within a major university. Students taking part in the Honors Program will benefit from:
- Opportunities to receive generous Honors Scholarships.
- Small Honors classes (no more than 25 students and often fewer).
- Instruction by experienced faculty known for excellence in the classroom as well as in their academic fields.
- Special Honors advising by the Honors Program director and discipline‐specific faculty members.
- Interaction with other outstanding students in a supportive environment.
- The Freshman Honors Seminar, which introduces students to the academic offerings at IU South Bend.
- Honors Program awards, transcript designations, an Honors Diploma at graduation as well as a graduation medallion and cords.
Honors Program Requirements
Students may earn the IU Honors Diploma upon successful completion of the following:
- A minimum of 18 credit hours of Honors courses (6 courses), including the Freshman Honors Seminar with a grade of B+ or higher
- Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3
- Attendance at three Honors events per semester
- Campus or community service (10 hours per semester)
By successfully completing the requirements specified above, students can earn a number of privileges relating to Honors education. These privileges include:
- Scholarship opportunities available only to students in the Honors Program;
- Priority enrollment (advance/preferential) for each semester;
- Gatherings that allow you to interact with Honors scholars and other students; and
- Keycard access to the Honors Program Study Lounge (Admin. Building 160).
To be considered for the IU South Bend Honors Program, students must:
- Be an incoming freshman student or a current first‐or second‐year student at IUSB;
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher;
- Have an SAT score of at least 1170 (or an ACT score of at least 24) if in high school; and
- Be legally present in the United States (as defined by Indiana House enacted HB 1402 and SB 590).
Students meeting the criteria listed above will receive preferential admission to the program. In exceptional cases, the Honors Program Selection Committee reserves the discretion to waive any of these requirements.
Completed applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com. Applications received after the May 1st priority deadline will be reviewed if the program has not reached capacity.