Entrance Requirements

First-Year StudentsStudents conversing at the Fall Picnic

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-WER&M of 1280 or above) 


  • GPA of 3.70 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 jessica.moon@uni.edu.

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.

Partnership Program Students

Graduating honors program members from DMACC or Scott Community College who wish to join the University Honors Program at UNI should submit an Intent to Join. Per the articulation agreement, please submit this form one semester prior to enrolling at UNI.