Hutton Honors College

You set high goals and challenge yourself to grow. As a member of the Hutton Honors College, you have the opportunity to join a distinguished group of student scholars from a variety of degree programs.  You will earn the General Honors Notation, which signifies outstanding academic performance in a broad range of courses. 

What is the Hutton Honors College? 

The Hutton Honors College recruits diverse, talented, and highly-motivated students who presence on the Bloomington campus serves to enhance the education of all undergraduates. By offering a range of small, challenging courses along with a variety of extracurricular and service programs, we strive to ensure an enriched academic and social experience for our students and to create an environment that fosters active, innovative learning. These opportunities, which include a close working relationship with some of IU's top faculty, affirm our commitment to providing our students with both the intimacy of a small college and the breadth of a large, pluralistic, and distinguished research institution. 

We offer: 

  • Stimulating seminars, often with 22 or fewer students
  • Scholarships for academic achievement
  • Exposure to a high level of intellectual discourse in the classroom
  • Funding for research, creative activity, internships, and international experiences
  • Exclusive events with distinguished visitors to campus
  • A community of engaged student-scholars that helps our large university feel smaller
  • Honors Residential Communities, where you can live with other ambitious HHC students 
  • Access to our caring HHC academic advising staff
  • Close working relationships with top IU faculty 
What is expected of a Hutton Honors student? 
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40
  • Complete two 3-credit hour honors courses by your sixth semester
  • All HHC students are expected to be civil, honest, and accountable citizens of Indiana University - befitting the appellation "honors". All HHC students must abide by Indiana University's Code of Student Rights, Responsibilites, and Conduct. The code and its provisions are found at
  • HHC scholarship recipients will be expected to complete 3 honors courses within the first four semesters for HHC scholarship renewal. 
What is required to earn a General Honors Notation (GHN)?

The GHN distinction will be recorded on your diploma and transcript when you complete your degree from the School of Education. To earn this notation, you must successfully complete the following general honors program: 

1. You must complete a curriculum consisting of a minimum of 21 graded credit hours of approved honors courses.

2. These 21 hours must include at least two, 3-credit hour HON-H courses offered by the Hutton Honors College. Restrictions apply so please consult your academic advisor to select your courses. For a list of courses related to Education majors click here

3. With the exception of honors readings/research courses and honors thesis courses, for honors courses that carry more than 3 credit hours you may count the entire number of credit hours per course, up to a maximum of two courses, toward fulfillment of the GHN requirements.  

4. You may receive notation credit for foreign study: 6 credits for one academic year abroad, 3 credits for one semester abroad, and 1 credit for summer study abroad (4-week minimum). 

5. You must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.40 in notation courses, with no course grade lower than a C. Courses taken with a grade of satisfactory/fail cannot be counted toward the notation. You must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.40 at graduation. 

6. Prior to your graduation date, please submit an application for the GHN to the Hutton Honors College. For the application form and deadline information, please click here.  

How can you become a Hutton Honors student? 

By Invitation: For Fall 2015, 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 GPA 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

By Petition: If you are not selected to apply to Hutton Honors College and you have been admitted to IUB, you may petition for admission to the program. Highly-motivated students who have taken advanced placement, accelerated, or honors courses in high school, and who show evidence of creativity and leadership are excellent candidates. If your petition is approved, you will not be eligible to apply for the Hutton Honors College Scholarship. However, you will be able to take advantage of all the other opportunities offered.

To submit your petition for acceptance, please send the following materials to Laura Felicetti, Director of Admissions and Recruitment no later than March 1 of your high school senior year:

  • A brief letter explaining why you wish to enter the program. Please be sure to include your full name, address, and Indiana University student I.D. number in the 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. 

After Starting at IU: You may be eligible for admission to the Hutton Honors College if your academic work during your first semester at IU is outstanding. After completion of your first semester, you may request that your record be reviewed. To be considered for admission, you must have completed during your first full semester at IUB, a minimum of 14 graded academic credits with at least a 3.7 GPA. 

Please note that courses taken prior to your first semester at IUB will not be counted toward the requirement of 14 graded academic credits nor will a course grade of S for Satisfactory from IUB. 

Fall 2015 Courses

H323: Ideas & Experience II—What is a Good Education?
Provides credit for H205: Intro to Educational Thought
T/TH: 9:30–10:45am

K205—Intro to Exceptional Children
T/TH: 9:30–10:45am
Brennan and Yildirim

W200—Using Computers in Education
M: 11:15am–2:15pm

G302: Counseling with Youth
T/Th: 1:00–2:15pm