Admission to Honors

Incoming first-year students

Any first-year student may apply to the Ithaca College Honors Program after being accepted to Ithaca College. To apply, complete the application in myIthaca, including submission of short essays in response to the following two questions:

(1) In honors seminars, you’ll think critically across disciplines and exchange thoughts and viewpoints. If you could design a new seminar for the Ithaca College Honors Program, what would its subject be, and how would you teach it? What life experiences and knowledge would you bring to this course? Please be specific about the readings, experiences, and teaching approaches you would want to incorporate into your seminar.

(2) Honors students learn a lot from one another. What will you contribute to the Honors community?


  • Acceptance to Ithaca College.
  • Submission of application to the Ithaca College Honors program via myIthaca.
  • GPA of 3.0 (preferred)
  • Essay responses (see questions above)


  • Apply in myIthaca after notification of acceptance to Ithaca College.
  • Deadline: mid March (music and theatre applicants may be granted an extension)
  • Students will be notified of their application status to the honors program via email.
  • Students are notified on a rolling basis.
  • Students may be waitlisted.

Acceptance to the honors program is rolling and is based on multiple criteria, including the applicant’s essay responses, GPA, high school academic achievement, community involvement, and potential contributions to the honors community. The honors program also strives to ensure that as broad a range of majors as possible is represented. One hundred and twenty first-year and transfer students are selected to join the honors program each fall. Applicants may be placed on a waitlist. Apply in myIthaca.

Returning students

Interested first- and second-year students with a minimum Ithaca College GPA of 3.0 may apply to the honors program no later than December 1 of their second year. Admission is competitive.


  • Minimum college GPA of 3.0
  • Essay responses (see questions above)
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Plan demonstrating capacity to complete 20 credits of honors coursework in remaining semesters until graduation


  • Submit required materials (see above) to the director of the honors program at
  • Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018 
  • Students will be notified of their application status by mid-January.
  • Admitted students must enroll in at least one honors course in the spring semester to be fully admitted into the program.

IC Students Not Enrolled in the IC Honors Program

Ithaca College students who are not enrolled in the honors program may take intermediate honors seminars if there is capacity and the instructor grants permission.

For further information about admission to honors, please contact the director of the honors program.