Summer Honors Program

Students in the Summer Honors Program share a laugh as they work together on an experiment in a lab

Program Dates: July 12-July 16, 2021

Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

Admission Notification and Course Placement: May 15, 2021

Due to the continuing public health crisis, the Cook Honors College Summer Honors Program is being offered online only this year. It's a unique opportunity to explore college classes from home without the pressure of grades. You'll make new friends, learn more about higher education, and feel a connection with other students. Whether you love learning for its own sake or want to distinguish yourself this summer, SHP 2021 Online may be right for you.

Who Can Attend?

SHP 2021 is designed for high school students currently in tenth or eleventh grade who will be juniors and seniors next fall. We do, however, encourage highly motivated and confident ninth grade students (sophomores in the fall) to apply.

What will my daily online schedule look like?

Spend your first hour in an interdisciplinary Honors Core course.

Core courses are the foundation of an honors education at the Cook Honors College. Based on big questions with no easy answer, faculty organize readings and discussion thematically, examining them through the lens of their academic discipline. In the honors core course, you will tackle some of the most basic and debated questions of human existence, such as:

  • What do we know? What do we believe?
  • How do we understand the sacred?
  • How do we create and use the past?

You will be challenged to develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of various media, group discussions, and in-class writing. Every question ends with a call to action, "What, therefore, should we do?"

The second hour between classes will be spent with current honors college students.

In the Summer Honors Program, just like at IUP, there is much more to student life than just going to class. Programming will be offered to you by our staff and students to help you prepare for college life socially and academically. Our summer honors program counselors will share their experiences and supportive insights as learners.

Spend the final hour in a subject-based course of your choosing.

IUP subject-based classes are dynamic, motivating, and interactive. Sessions are taught by IUP professors who will guide your explorations and give you a sense of what college classes will be like. We provide all the benefits of college-level educational experience without the pressure of graded assignments.

Choose from discipline-based courses such as:

  • Constitutional Law (Political Science)
  • Physics
  • Graph Coloring: Applied and Theoretical Perspectives (Mathematics)
  • Lessons in Protest from the Civil Rights Movement (History)
  • Political Communication (Communications Media)
  • Treating the Human Condition (Psychology)

Please send me more information about the Summer Honors Program.

Summer Honors Program Student Nomination Form

High school teachers may use this form below to recommend a student for the Cook Honors College Summer Honors Program.

Teacher Evaluation Form