Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Honors Program?

I received an invitation to join a national honors society. How do I know if this is legitimate?

There are several national honors societies. You may find active Honors organizations at IU Southeast by reviewing the "Honors" section of the Campus Life List of Clubs and Organizations. These are legitimate organizations, and it is up to you to decide if you want to join. If you receive an invitation from an organization other than those listed, be sure to consult the ACHS Member Societies list. If you find the organization is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, then it is definitely legitimate.

What qualities does the Honors Program look for in its students?

The Honors Program invites highly motivated students who seek a stimulating and exciting academic experience and formal recognition for completing a challenging program.

My test scores and/or GPA are not perfect. Can I still be considered for the Honors Program?

Yes. The Honors Program at IU Southeast seeks to augment student’s university experience. While the Program Director and council expect to see evidence of interest, potential, achievement, and an excellent work ethic, they also are aware that some students are just beginning to find their academic and intellectual stride.

What is Tier One of the Honors Program?

Students in Tier One of the Honors Program complete the two semester first year seminar sequence, complete at least two other multidisciplinary Honors courses, and present at a research conference. Completion of Tier One leads to the University Honors Minor. Students who have completed the University Honors Minor have gone on to earn graduate degrees and obtain teaching and employment positions in secondary schools and local businesses.

What is Tier Two of the Honors Program?

Students in Tier Two of the Honors Program typically complete 7-12 hours of course work, which includes 300-level Honors Program seminars and pursuing one of three options: the Honors Research Track, the Discipline-Based Honors Major, or the Individualized Honors Project, which is designed with the program director and appropriate faculty members. Completion of Tier Two leads to the designation of University Honors Scholar.

What is the University Honors Fellow?

The University Honors Fellow is a special distinction given to students who complete both University Honors Minor and University Honors Scholar coursework.

How many students are in the Honors Program?

As of Spring 2017, the Program has 60 members, and our numbers are growing.

Does the Honors Program involve extra classes?

Honors 103 and 104 are designed to fulfill multiple general education requirements. The 300-level courses fulfill elective requirements. Students who participate in Tier One will find that since Honors 103 and 104 fulfill two of three possible General Education requirements they can easily accommodate two 300-level seminars, even with the most credit-heavy major. Usually Tier Two students use elective requirements within their major to complete the Program course requirements. It is also possible for a student to take an upper-level course within their major as a contract course which will take the place of one of their 300-level seminar requirements (see pages 18-20 in the Program Manual).

Are there additional scholarship opportunities for Honors students?

Honors Students are eligible for consideration for the Chancellor’s Honors Program Scholarship. Note: You will need to search for "Chancellor's Honors Program Scholarship" to view the scholarship information.

How will having been in the Honors Program benefit me after graduation?

Whether you continue your education or enter the workforce, being a member of the Honors Program will have provided you with valuable skills which will be directly relevant to both academic and professional pursuits. Further, the close working relationships students will have developed with the Director and other HP faculty members will make them natural choices for careers advice and/or references.

How do I apply to the Honors Program?

I will be an incoming freshman next fall. How do I apply for the Honors Program?

Prospective students may complete an application for tier one of the Honors Program when they apply for admission to the university. These applications are considered year-round; however, if one hopes to receive a Chancellor’s Honors Program Scholarship, it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

I am a current student at IU Southeast, or I will be transferring to IU Southeast soon. How can I become a part of the Honors Program?

Current and transferring students may apply for admission to tier two of the Program at any time.

What does the application process entail?

Any student wishing to join the Honors Program should complete an application, indicating whether he or she wishes to apply for tier one or tier two. In addition to the four page application, students should submit the following:

  • Three references, to be completed by an instructor, employer, mentor, coach, or other individual capable of speaking to the student’s strengths. References may certainly include a letter of recommendation, but the completed reference form must accompany the letter.
  • A brief essay (between 1500 and 2000 words) that will serve as an introduction to the Honors Council
  • Copies of recent transcripts (for continuing students only)
  • Any other pertinent materials which you feel the Honors Council should review

All application materials can be found under the Student and Faculty Resources pages. Application materials may be submitted via email to or via postal mail to the following address:

IU Southeast Honors Program
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

What happens after I apply?

Once all application materials are received, the Honors Council, which is comprised of faculty representatives from each school on campus, will review your application. Council Members generally post their decisions within 2-3 weeks of receiving a completed application. If you are accepted into the Program, you will be asked to confirm your acceptance. Once you have confirmed your place, you will be considered for a Chancellor’s Honors Program Scholarship.

What can I expect as an Honors Student?

Can Honors Program Students participate in internship programs and study abroad opportunities?

Absolutely! The Honors Program frequently schedules workshops and informational sessions with both Career Development Center and the Study Abroad Program to keep students informed about the latest opportunities.

What types of research opportunities are available to Honors Program students?

Numerous opportunities for research are available. For example, students in tier one of the program are encouraged to develop research projects to be presented at the Mideast Honors Association Conference. Honors Program students may also choose to take advantage of campus wide opportunities such as the Undergraduate Research Fellowships, the IU Southeast Student Conference, and the Undergraduate Research Journal.

Is there a student organization for Honors students?

The Honors Program Student Activity Board (HPSAB) is a very active group which frequently organizes student events, including movies, fundraising events, and volunteer activities.

Do I have to take all Honors courses?

No. It’s expected that Tier one students will take both Honors 103 and 104, and that they ought to take them in sequence; however, as long as Tier two students, and those participating in both Tiers take the required number of 300-level courses and fulfill their other HP obligations, they need not feel obligated to take every course offered.

What are Honors faculty members like?

As each member of the Honors faculty must submit detailed course proposals before teaching a course, students can be assured that they’ll be instructed by the best of the best. Courses are taught by a variety of professors from across our campus, providing students with a variety of opportunities.

What enrichment activities and co-curricular events are offered by the Program?

Throughout each semester, Honors Students will be invited to participate in numerous enrichment activities, including workshops offering information about financial aid and academic planning, presentations given by fellow students on a variety of topics, and informative sessions hosted by faculty and staff.

Are Honors courses more difficult than non-Honors courses?

As with anything in life, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward. As Honors classes offer smaller class sizes than other courses, individual interaction between professors and students is possible. Having smaller class sizes also increases the level of student-to-student interaction, often resulting in study groups and other support networks.

Will my GPA be lowered by my participation in the Honors Program?

It’s very unlikely that your GPA would be lowered.

What criteria must I meet in order to remain in the Honors Program?

We ask that you remain active and in good standing. Remaining in good standing in the Program requires that you take and complete an Honors Program course or be working in some other way that has been sanctioned by the Honors Program Director toward your chosen Honors track at least three semesters out of every four. It also requires that you keep your university GPA at or above a 3.3.

Are Honors students isolated from non-Honors students on campus?

While Honors classes are restricted to Program members, the Honors Program regularly participates in campus-wide events such as volunteer and community activities.

Will participation in the Honors Program help me get into graduate school?

Your participation in the Honors Program is a reflection of your commitment to academic and personal success, and this commitment will certainly aid you in post-graduate pursuits.

Can I withdraw from the Honors Program if I decide that it’s not for me?

While we hope this isn’t the case, if you should choose to withdraw from the program, it is at your discretion to do so. However, we do recommend a meeting with the Program Director to discuss all options as we hope withdrawal would be a last resort.

Are there additional costs associated with Honors coursework?

No extra costs!

Do AP credits count in the Honors Program?

We congratulate you on taking AP courses and performing well on the examination. Grades on the AP are not counted towards Honors requirements.

May I talk to someone about the Honors Program?

Of course! You may contact the HP Office Assistant by phone at (812) 941-2196 or by email at to set up a meeting with Dr. Salas, the Honors Program Director.

When can I apply to the Honors Program?

Honors Applications are received throughout the year.