Admission to Honors

The Ithaca College Honors Program is highly selective. Applications are only accepted from students who have been invited to apply. Invitations are not based on any single criterion, such as standardized test scores, class rank, or G.P.A. The Ithaca College Office of Admission examines all applications to the college and identifies the most highly qualified applicants. Selected students are then invited to apply to the honors program. One hundred and twenty students are selected to begin honors in the fall semester.

Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming first-year students are invited to apply to the program soon after they have been accepted to Ithaca College. Applications are typically required to be completed by mid-March. Admission to the program is based on two short original essays and past academic achievement. Selection and notification take place on a rolling basis. Some applicants may be placed on a wait list until the selection process is completed. Admittance is limited to 120 students each year.

Internal Transfer Students

Interested first and second year students are invited to apply to the Ithaca College Honors Program. Applications are due to the Honors Director, honors@ithaca.edu, by the last class day of the fall semester and must include a brief recommendation by a faculty member and two essays responding to the prompts below.  Sophomores must also include a plan that demonstrates that they have room in their final five semesters for 19 credits of Honor courses. Admission to the Honors Program is competitive and limited, and will be based on the two essays, faculty recommendation, and fall semester grades (a GPA of 3.0 is necessary for consideration).  Students will be notified about their application by mid-January and admitted students must enroll in an Honors class for the spring semester to be fully admitted into the program.

Essay Prompts: (1) In honors seminars, you’ll think critically across disciplines and engage in an open exchange of thoughts and opinions. If you could design a new seminar for the Ithaca College Honors Program, what would its subject be and how would it be run? Please be specific about the readings, experiences, and teaching approaches you would want to incorporate into your seminar.

(2) Students in the program enjoy learning, thinking, and challenging themselves through coursework, late night debates, and engaging in new experiences. Based on this, why do you want to be part of the Ithaca College Honors program and how do you expect to contribute to this community?

External Transfer Students

Students who apply to transfer to Ithaca College from another college or university may also be invited to apply to join the honors program. The process is similar to the process for incoming first-year students.

Non-Honors Students

Ithaca College students who are not members of the honors program may, under certain circumstances, take intermediate honors seminars, if there is a below-capacity opening in the seminar and the instructor grants permission.

For further information about admission to honors, please contact the director of the Ithaca College Honors Program.