Frequently Asked Questions about Honors College Admissions

Eric BoyerWhat are the admissions requirements?

Our typical students are in the top 10 percent of their class, with transcripts reflecting a desire to be challenged through AP, CP, or honors classes. Their grade-point averages are about a 3.8/4.0 (many applicants score a 4.0 or better on a weighted scale). Standardized test scores average a combined math/critical reading of 1300 (the writing score is not yet interpreted) for the SAT and 30 on the ACT. However, we are open to talented students within a much wider range of performance. High standardized test scores alone have not been indicative of student success in our program and beyond, so we do not have a minimum requirement.

We are most interested in a student who has a love of ideas and a desire to participate in a community of scholars. As we have no tests in the Honors College core curriculum, our students learn to look beyond test performance as a measure of success. Those who most enjoy their education in the Cook Honors College are drawn to intimate class settings where, through discussion and debate, they learn to appreciate an informed ambiguity rather than the “right” answer.

How do I apply?

Our application is available for download. You may also complete the online application and submit the supplemental form. (see Applying for Admissions)

The deadline for early decision is November 15. Early decision is nonbinding, but an attendance decision must be made by January 15. The deadline for regular decision is February 21.

Do I have to apply to IUP as well?

No, the application to the Cook Honors College doubles as an application to IUP. You will receive notice regarding acceptance to IUP before receiving notice from the Honors College.

How can I submit my application?

The application can be submitted online, or be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed.


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


Fax: 724-357-3906

What majors do you offer?

You can choose any major offered by IUP. The core classes replace Humanities and Science/Social Science requirements that are requirements for all majors; therefore, our program can accept a wide range of students.

How many students are in the Cook Honors College?

There are 100 students in each incoming freshman class.

Will I be able to study abroad?

Yes, the Core Curriculum is quite flexible and can accommodate a year of study abroad experience. Many of our students choose to take the sophomore core class and the junior core class in the same year. Each of these classes is only one semester, whereas freshman core is two semesters; so they can be consolidated, leaving a year open for study abroad.

Is the cost to attend the Honors College different from the cost of attending IUP?

Tuition for the Cook Honors College is the same as it is for IUP. However, the application to the Honors College doubles as an application for merit aid, and many students are awarded scholarships to decrease the cost of attendance. In addition, the cost of residing in Whitmyre Hall—the Honors College dormitory—is up to 60 percent less than the cost of living in suite-style housing.

Do you give scholarships?

Because IUP is already very affordable, you probably won’t receive the same amount in scholarships that you might receive from more expensive private colleges or universities. We do give scholarships, but the amounts aren’t as large as they might be from a private school. You might want to balance that out with our access to the Achievement Fund for study abroad and internships.

While it may be flattering to receive a $20,000 scholarship, how great an offer is it if the cost of attending is $40,000 each year? You are still left with a bottom line of $20,000—much more than the cost of IUP.