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Honors Program 

Students in honors class.MISSION STATEMENT: Graduates of the UIU Honors Program have a broad interconnected and ever evolving view of the world. They are adaptable, self-motivated individuals who constantly challenge their assumptions about the world and their role in it. They have developed the capability to be innovators and leaders in a dynamic global community.

The Honors Program at Upper Iowa University provides an exciting and challenging academic experience for exceptional students.  Students who have at least a 26 ACT score and at least a 3.5 high school grade point average are invited to apply to the program.  Students who don't quite meet the 26 ACT score and 3.5 high school grade point average are welcome to apply if they believe they can make a strong case for their consideration.

Exceptional transfer students who are interested in the Honors Program should contact Academics Affairs for application requirements and details.

Students admitted to the Honors Program in any given year take the same courses as their fellow Honors students during the first two years of their undergraduate years.  Each course generally is interdisciplinary and team taught, with active, participatory learning. All honors courses require extensive, integrated, advanced writing skills.  The program begins with an Honors Freshmen Seminar followed by and Honors courses in Arts and Humanities, Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences.  Other courses are offered for each term. Seniors complete an honors project and a thesis in their area of interest.  Student that successful complete the Honors Program will graduate with University Honors.  Extra-curricular experiences such as service learning, attending professional conferences, and other special events are an integral part of the program.

Student Testimonials
Sydney Cyzon

Sydney Cyzon, '16
Major: Biology
Hometown: DePere, Wis.

"UIU gives you a great opportunity to receive an education at a university where you feel valued. I love the small school atmosphere and how professors are able to give personal hands-on help with the smaller class sizes. The eight-week terms help a lot to make you very successful as a student."

Brad Kuboushek

Bradley Kuboushek, '16
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Calmar, Iowa

"When you are analyzing your options, consider both the academic side of the university as well as the non-academic side. Overall, Upper Iowa is a great place to be."

Program Structure

First-year

Sophomore Year (tentative)

  • One required course per semester.
  • One optional, elective, service learning travel course during May term
  • Download syllabi of current and past courses

Junior and Senior Years (tentative)

  • Working on a interdisciplinary project under the guidance of at least two professors from different disciplines, culminating in a Senior Symposium presentation of the completed project to the UIU community.

Interested in joining the Honors Program?

Complete this form.

For more information contact Academic Affairs.

*Creation of the Honors Program was made possible by a gift from Barbara (Rankin) Csomay, class of 1946.
*Honor students can reside on the Honors floor located in one of the suite-style residence halls. 

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