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University Honors Program

Entrance Requirements

First-Year Students

Qualifying first-year students will automatically be invited to join the Honors Program upon their admission to the University of Northern Iowa. Entrance requirements include:

  • ACT composite of 27 or above (SAT-CR&M of 1210 or above) and top 10% high school class rank, or

  • RAI of 330 or above

Letters of invitation will be sent to qualifying students shortly after they are admitted to the university. Students will be asked to respond to accept their position in the program. Responses will be accepted until the program reaches its capacity, so it is important to apply for admission to UNI as early as possible and to respond promptly to your honors invitation. 

Students who do not meet the criteria for an automatic invitation can request that their transcripts be reviewed on an individual basis.  To request such a review, send a brief explanation (one-page or less) of why you are a good candidate for the University Honors Program to:

Current/Transfer Students

Current UNI students can apply for admission to the program with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better and a professor's recommendation. Transfer students can apply with a GPA of 3.30 or better from their transfer institution and a professor's recommendation.

Application Form - Current/Transfer Students

To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and take at least one honors course per year.