University of Evansville

Honors Program

Honors students enjoy many benefits including special housing, early registration for classes, special networking opportunities, and the camaraderie of peers who enjoy being intellectually engaged.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Honors Program?

Students admitted to the University who meet the criteria for applying to the Honors Program (high school unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above and minimum SAT 1900 or minimum ACT 29) automatically receive an Honors Program application. Applications will be sent to admitted students following their notification of admission to the University (typically two weeks following notification of admission status). One may also apply on-line. Contact the Honors Program at or 812-488-2141 for instructions to access the online application.

The Honors application may be submitted anytime following admission to the University. As space in the Honors Program is limited, it is recommended that students submit their applications as early as possible. There is no additional fee to apply. The application is very straight forward and requires a writing sample. The writing sample may be an essay written for another application for scholarship or admission or from a class assignment.

If you have not received an Honors Program application and would like one mailed to you or you would like to access the on-line application, contact the Honors Program at 812-488-2141, or through e-mail at

What is the deadline to apply?

There is no specific deadline to apply for admission; however, since space in the Honors Program is limited, it is advisable to submit applications as early as possible. Admission into the Honors Program is rolling. In other words, one will find out his or her status soon after an application is submitted. Notification is usually given in the month following the receipt of the application.

NOTE: If you did not apply as an incoming student, you may apply to the Honors Program as a current student. Current students who hold a strong UE GPA and have a good letter of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor are often admitted.

What are the admission criteria for the Honors Program?

Students who possess one of the following will receive an Honors Program application:

  • High school unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above and minimum SAT 1900 or minimum ACT 29
  • Transfer applicants - cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or above

Applications are reviewed monthly by a special Honors Program faculty committee. Admission decisions are based primarily on high school GPA (or college GPA for transfer students), curriculum, SAT or ACT scores, and writing sample. Honors admission decisions are mailed within seven days following an application review.

What are the requirements to complete the Honors Program?

To continue in the Honors Program beyond their third semester at UE, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. To complete the program, they must have a GPA of 3.5 by graduation.

Students must also earn of total of 21 Honors points before graduation. Students earn points through a variety of means...completing Honors designated courses, attending special events and activities, studying abroad, and completing an Honors project. Honors students are expected to participate in an Honors course or activity each semester.

What are the opportunities and benefits of being in the Honors Program?

There are many!

  • Distinction – Honors students are recognized as among the very best students on campus, representing approximately the top ten percent of the student body in terms of talent and achievement.
  • Networking – Honors students are exposed to an enriched learning environment that provides special opportunities to interact with UE faculty and guest lecturers and scholars visiting campus.
  • Priority registration - Beginning the second semester of enrollment, honors students may register immediately after seniors, giving them a wider array of open courses from which to choose.
  • Honors living and learning community - Honors students have the option to live in Powell Hall, which is designated for honors students only (space is limited).
  • Honors lounge - The lounge is located in Powell Hall and open 24/7. It has computers and printers and is available to all honors students, including those who do not live in Powell.
  • Leadership experience - Students may serve on the Honors Activity Board (HAB) which helps plan honors activities, or on the Honors Academic Committee which advises the Program Director on matters pertaining to the academic aspects of the program.
  • Social activities - Honors students can participate in social activities such as the Honors teas, the annual Nerd Wars trivia competition, and Honors-sponsored trips. They may also engage in community service through programs such as the Honors Ace Mentors, which provides tutoring and mentoring to local school children.
  • Honors professor-in-residence - A member of the UE faculty resides in an apartment located in Powell Hall to serve as a mentor and to build community among students through programming and connection.
  • Advantage after graduation - Graduate schools, law schools, and employers of all kinds recognize UE honors students for their outstanding accomplishments; they have a distinct advantage when applying for graduate school fellowships and for employment.
How many students are in the program?

Currently there are approximately 250 students in the Program. Typically there are 60-70 incoming freshman students each year (about 10 percent of the freshman class).

What happens if I apply and don’t get admitted?

Try again. Current students may apply for admission to the Honors Program. For admission, the Honors Program faculty committee considers current college GPA, course work, writing sample and a recommendation letter from an academic advisor or faculty member.

What are the responsibilities of being in the Honors Program?

There are no set responsibilities to the Honors Program beyond the required cumulative GPA and participation in at least one event per semester or completion of an Honors course. While we encourage every student in the Program to complete it, there are no adverse consequences for failing to do so.

I’m not sure if I should apply, college seems stressful enough as it is.

The Honors Program is full of benefits and few cons. If after admission you decide you are not interested in completing the Honors Program, there are no penalties to drop from it. If you do not apply as an incoming student but decide later that would like to apply, you may. However, it is best to apply by the sophomore year to insure enough time to complete program requirements.

I have more questions, whom should I contact?
  • Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Daniel Gahan; 800-423-8633, ext. 2979, or 812-488-2979
  • Assistant Director of the Honors Program, Cherie Leonhardt; 800-423-8633, ext. 2141, or 812-488-2141