Applying for Admissions

Supplemental Essay and Questions Required for Honors College Applicants

After you have completed the IUP Undergraduate Freshman application, you will need to  submit the essay and short answer form online. The questions are listed below.

Additional Application Question

  • What in particular about the Cook Honors College motivated you to apply?
  • If you believe that your high school transcript or SAT scores are not an accurate reflection of your potential for intellectual growth, explain why, and why you believe that you have the qualities that would make you a likely candidate for the Cook Honors College.

Essay Question

Essay: In 500 words, write about one of the topics below.*

*An essay can tell us things about you that your application can't. Please consider this when choosing your essay prompt.

  • E-mail (honors@iup.edu) a photo of yourself from an earlier time. Since hindsight is 20/20, what advice would you like to share with this earlier version of you?
  •  If time and space travel were possible, and you were granted a one week paid vacation to any period since the dawn of humans, which would you choose and why?
  • Talk about a time when someone convinced you to change your mind.
  • What don’t we know?
  • As we race into the future, what from the past is worth holding onto?


    Cook Honors College

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Cook Honors College
    290 Pratt Drive, 136 Whitmyre Hall
    Indiana, PA 15705

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