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 all the following documents by February 15, 5pm (incomplete petitions at time of deadline will not be considered):

  • A brief personal statement, telling us about yourself and what makes you a good candidate for the Honors College. 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. You may use one already written.

Decisions will be emailed on or by April 1.


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 classes, tour a residence hall, and learn what it is like to be a college student at Indiana University. 

Please make your request for a visit at least two weeks 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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