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Applying to the University Honors Program is simple. If you are Honors-eligible, you are automatically invited to join. If you didn't receive an invitation, you are welcome to apply (see note in the Honors Admissions Criteria box on this page). There is no application deadline.

There is also no obligation. You can enter or leave the program at any time.

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Complete an application:

Applications are also available in the Honors office in Campus Life 110.

First-year retreat fee

Though students do not pay any additional fees for belonging to the University Honors Program, the Lorado Taft Honors First-Year Retreat costs $95, payable at the time of registration.

Program Options

After you are accepted, you will choose a program option that fits your schedule - University Honors, Lower Division Honors and Upper Division Honors. 


Honors Scholar Joel Dennison

Honors Scholar Joel Dennison shares the inspiration for his research.

University Honors Admissions Criteria

Entering freshmen

Top 10 percent of high school graduating class (or a 3.75 GPA if school does not rank) and 27 ACT score

*Note: The program does exercise some discretion when a student falls slightly below one of these criteria, but perhaps comes from a large or highly competitive high school or other pertinent factors apply.

Currently enrolled students

Cumulative GPA of 3.20 (based on NIU coursework) for admission

Transfer students

Cumulative GPA of 3.20 (based on all transfer coursework)

Contact Us

University Honors Program 
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0694
Email: honors@niu.edu