Prospective Freshmen

How to qualify for direct admission

If you submit your completed application to IU Bloomington by November 1, you will automatically be considered for direct admission to the Hutton Honors College (HHC). All factors of your application will be considered, with the greatest emphasis placed on your grades earned in academic coursework; your performance in honors, dual-credit, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement courses; your IU-specific essay; your extracurricular activities; and other achievements. 

 If you qualify for direct admission, you will receive notification four to five weeks after you are admitted to IU. 

If you do not qualify for direct admission to the Hutton Honors College and/or if you have missed the November 1 deadline, you may petition for admission.

Scholarship opportunities

Incoming freshmen who apply to IU Bloomington by November 1 and qualify for direct admission to the Hutton Honors College are eligible to apply for the Hutton Honors College Scholarship. Continuing students may be eligible to apply for additional scholarship opportunities. For more information, see Scholarships and Grants & Awards.

How to join by petition

If you are not directly admitted to the Hutton Honors College but would like to petition for admission, please submit the following documents:

  • A brief personal statement. Be sure to include your full name, address and IU student ID.
  • A letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member who has taught you in an academic course.

Petitions must be sent by US mail to:

Laura Felicetti, Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Hutton Honors College
811 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-3927

Please mail all items together. Letters of recommendation should be in envelopes sealed by school representatives.

Please note, we do not send automatic confirmations of receipt of your petition. If you would like confirmation, please email Laura Felicetti at

Petitions must be postmarked no later than February 15. Petitions will not be reviewed until after February 15. All decisions will be finalized no later than March 1.

Students who are admitted via petition are not eligible for Hutton Honors College scholarships.

Experience a day as a Hutton Honors Student

When you are admitted to the Hutton Honors College, you are invited to spend a day with a Hutton student to get an intimate look into life at IU. Get a look into online classes, tour a residence hall virtually, and learn what it is like to be a college student at Indiana University.

Please make your request for a visit at least one week in advance. If you have questions about the program contact

Director of Recruitment, Outreach, and Admissions

Contact Laura Felicetti with questions about admission for prospective freshmen.

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