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Entering Freshmen:

‘High Pass’ on application essay and at least one of the following:

  • ranked in top 10% of graduating high school class
  • minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • minimum ACT score of 25
  • minimum SAT score of 1100
  • portfolio, if appropriate, of significant works demonstrating excellence in creative activities.

Exceptional cases will be considered. Interested students with a GED are encouraged to apply.

Transfer Students:

‘High Pass’ on application essay.  Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 ( based on a 4.0 scale) in transferable courses.

Up to six credits earned in a similar Honors Program may be considered for transfer into the NEIU Honors Program.  Petition for transfer courses must be evaluated by the Honors Curriculum and Standards Board.

Enrolled Students:


‘High Pass’ on application essay.  Minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses numbered 100 and above.

Honors Scholar Program:

Individuals may enter the Honors Scholar Program in one of two ways:


  1. Successful completion of Honors Student Program and declaration of an academic major; or
  2. Declaration of an academic major, Junior standing, cumulative GPA of 3.5, and a ‘high pass’ on the Scholar’s-level application essay. 


All students applying to the University Honors Program are required to respond to an essay question that will allow them to demonstrate their critical thinking and writing skills.

Application forms:

Application forms to any part of the program are available under "Forms/Documents".

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