Honors Program


  • Increased opportunities to interact with faculty members.
  • Greater depth of learning through additional challenges.
  • Enhanced relationships with other motivated, high-achieving students.
  • Membership in the IUPUI Honors College, access to Honors College advisors, Honors College Housing and use of the Honors College facility—which includes dedicated study space, a computer lab, and group-work rooms.
  • Eligible for the $2,500 study abroad stipend for an approved academic study abroad experience.
  • The opportunity to graduate with an honors distinction from IUPUI.

Admission criteria and application

To qualify for admission to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Honors Program, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at IUPUI as a philanthropic studies major.
  • Have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in a minimum of 12 credit hours at IUPUI.
  • Have at least four semesters of full-time study left to complete your degree.
  • Submit a complete Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Honors Program application by June 11.


To graduate with honors, you must:

  • Earn at least one honors credit each fall and spring semester after you’re admitted to the honors program (maximum of six hours of honors credit or two courses per semester).
  • Earn 24 hours of honors credit through designated honors courses or courses with approved honors contracts with at least a B in those courses.
  • Complete at least 15 of the 24 hours of honors credit in Lilly Family School of Philanthropy courses.
  • Maintain a cumulative Indiana University GPA of at least 3.3.
  • Maintain at least a 3.3 GPA in all honors coursework.
  • Maintain full-time student status.