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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University


Whether you are an aspiring journalist or scientist, future artist or entrepreneur, the Hutton Honors College offers an education that will take you on an exciting journey to unexpected destinations.

Expand your horizons through innovative courses, exposure to the ideas and writings of history's greatest thinkers, research experiences with IU's top faculty members, and opportunities to meet one-on-one with distinguished visitors to campus. You can start expanding your world and improving the lives of others by building the best possible education for yourself now. By participating in the Hutton Honors College, you will have a world of opportunities both during and after college.


By Invitation: For Fall 2016, students admitted to IU-Bloomington will be automatically invited if they meet one of the following sets of criteria:

31 ACT or 1360-1380 SAT and 3.95 or top 5% class rank

32-33 ACT or 1390-1460 SAT and 3.90 GPA or top 7.5% class rank

34-36 ACT or 1470+ SAT and 3.85 GPA or top 10% class rank

For students entering fall 2016, if you submit more than one set of scores, we will consider the highest critical reading and math component scores for the SAT or the highest combined composite score for the ACT (the composite score based on the average of the highest scores for each subtest). When students apply for admission to IU, whichever cumulative GPA on the student's transcript is higher (weighted or unweighted) will be considered for admission and scholarship consideration.

Test scores (SAT or ACT) plus class rank or cumulative GPA MUST be provided when applying to IUB in order to be considered for Hutton Honors College automatic invitation and for the Hutton Honors College Scholarship.

November 1: Deadline for Hutton Honors College Scholarship consideration. All application materials for admission to IUB must be submitted on-line or postmarked by November 1.

If invited to apply for an HHC scholarship through the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA), students should submit their complete SSA (including letters of recommendation) as early as possible. Early submission of the SSA (including letters of recommendation) will result in priority scholarship consideration from the Hutton Honors College.

If your IUB application is not complete by November 1, but you meet our automatic invitation requirements, we will continue to extend invitations on a space-available basis, but you will not be allowed to apply for the Hutton Honors College Scholarship. To learn more about what it means to be a Hutton Honors College student, please read our FAQ here.

By Petition: If you are not selected to apply to the Hutton Honors College and you have been admitted to IUB, you may petition for admission to our program. We are especially interested in highly motivated students who have taken advanced placement, accelerated, or honors courses in high school, and who show evidence of creativity and leadership, as well as a demonstrated interest in participating in the HHC curriculum and community. If your petition is approved and you are selected for invitation, you will not be eligible to apply for the Hutton Honors College Scholarship, but you will be able to take advantage of all the other opportunities all HHC students enjoy.

Please send the following materials to Laura Felicetti, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, as soon as possible but no later than March 1 of your high school senior year:

  • A brief letter explaining why you would like to enter our program. Be sure to include your full name, address and IU student I.D. number in this letter!
  • A letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member who has taught you in an academic course.
  • A copy of your high school transcript.


Students who do not enter the Hutton Honors College as incoming freshmen may still be eligible for admission if their academic work during their first semester at IU is outstanding. After completion of that semester, you may ask that your record be reviewed if you are interested in participating in Hutton Honors College courses and programs. To be considered for admission at that time, you must have completed, during your first full semester at IU, a minimum of 14 graded academic credits (grades of S for Satisfactory will not be counted), and you must have maintained a 3.7 GPA.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: Transfer students must complete one semester on the IUB campus and earn a minimum 3.7 GPA while enrolled in at least 14 solid academic credit hours. Once you have fulfilled these two requirements, please call our receptionist at 812-855-3555 to request an appointment with one of our academic advisors.


Many IU schools and departments offer honors programs of their own for their undergraduate majors, and many Hutton Honors College students choose to pursue these programs. Requirements vary, but all involve taking specified classes and maintaining a minimum grade point average. Most also require a senior thesis or comparable large-scale project. Contact your department's or school's honors advisor as soon as possible after declaring your major.

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