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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I can participate in the program?

If you are an incoming freshman, you have to meet one of the following criteria: be in the top 10% of your graduating high school class; have an 1800 or higher combined total on the SAT; have a 650 or higher on any one section of the SAT; or have a 27 or higher on the ACT. If you are a current IPFW student, you must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have an accumulative GPA of 3.30.

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Are there awards for completing the program?

You do receive awards in the honors program. After you have completed 9 credit hours of honors courses, you receive a pin which can be worn at graduation. Once you have completed the program, you will receive a medal and a certificate at graduation.

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I’m doing honors in my major. Is that the same thing?

If you are doing honors in another program or for your major, it is not the same as the honors program. Having honors in your major will be listed on your diploma for that major. The Honors Program is a separate certificate.

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Do I need to take a certain number of Honors credits each semester or year?

You do not need to take a certain number of credits each semester, but it is a great idea to spread your honors courses throughout your time at IPFW. The goal is to reach 18 credits by the time you graduate.

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Are the requirements for the Honors Program more than what I have to take for my major?

The goal is to incorporate the Honors Program into your plan of study. Many of the Honors courses are general education courses that are required for every major. You can also H-option a course that you already have to take and receive Honors credit.

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What is the registration form and where can I find it?

The registration form is a mandatory document that must be turned into the Honors Program Office (WU G25). Students currently enrolled in the Program as well as those just entering, need to submit this form.  It can be found under the "Forms" tab on the Honors Program website as well as in the Honors Program Office.

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 What is an H-Option?

An H-Option is a contract between a student and the professor of a non-honors course. The contract alters the course to provide the student with honors credits for the class.

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What courses can I H-Option?

H-options are primarily geared towards upperclassmen. If you are interested in H-option courses, you should contact Dr. Ann Livschiz, the Honors Program Director (livschia@ipfw.edu).  

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What can I do for the Honors Project?

A variety of things could be done for the Honors Project. The project could be an extension of the senior project or undergraduate honors thesis that is required for most majors. A project could also be the continuation of one of the student’s H-options. The topic of the project should be something that sparks the student’s interest.

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Can I Wear my Honors pin to graduation?

The Honors pin can be worn at graduation.

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Can I wear my cords for an Honorary Society to Graduation?

The cords from a nationally affiliated honors society with a chapter at IPFW can be worn at graduation.

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How do I use my Honors Course Voucher?

Chancellor's Scholarship recipients receive one voucher for a free 3-credit Honors course in their freshman and sophomore year. You can apply it towards any Honors class either in the fall or spring semester. 

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