The Ivy Tech Honors College fosters an environment for motivated students to enhance their spirit of inquiry, intellectual growth, multi-cultural awareness, and leadership opportunities. Honors College graduates exemplify a high-level of scholarship and are well-prepared to graduate and continue their education at a four-year college or university.
Our Philosophy of Inclusion
The Ivy Tech Honors College creates programs and builds teams that respect differences and provide opportunities for growth and excellence. To this end, the Honors College will:
Respect all human beings
Believe everyone can learn and excel
Remain committed to serving diverse student populations across Indiana
The Honors College offers a safe, personalized, affordable, virtual academic experience for students on the following Ivy Tech campuses: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lake County and Valparaiso.
Without leaving home, students can earn an honors diploma or certificate with credits that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Click here for degree and certificate information.
Honors College students have been accepted to more than 60 top U.S. universities. View full list here.
Virtual Honors courses are intimate, rigorous, where the focus is on dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking. Honors faculty have experience teaching in virtual classrooms since 2013. Click here to see fall courses.
Dedicated Honors Advisors are skilled at providing personalized advisement and transfer support within a virtual setting. Our talented team will help support you from Day 1. Click here to meet the Honors College Team.
Learn and engage with like-minded peers in classes and during special events such as Trivia Night, Induction Ceremonies, Research Conferences, Honors Council Meetings, Honors Lounge Hours, and much more.
Our admissions process is holistic, and we consider students’ academic and non-academic achievements, as well as their aspirations. We will support you every step of the way as you work toward your academic, transfer, and career goals.
Typically, Honors College applicants are:
Motivated and seeking a more personalized academic experience
Planning to transfer to a four-year college or university
Recent high school graduates with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
Current Ivy Tech, transfer, or guest students with less than 36 college credits and a GPA of 3.2 or higher
Looking for an enhanced learning experience at Ivy Tech and increased interaction with like-minded peers and faculty
Are not currently pursuing a health science pathway or nursing degree
Would you like to recommend a motivated student to the Honors College?
Start as a Sophomore
Ivy Tech Community College’s Start as a Sophomore, also known as Indiana’s “Statewide Transfer General Education Core” (STGEC), is now available in Honors. This means transfer-bound students may now enhance the 30-credit hour Start as a Sophomore credential by taking honors classes.
Students who complete the 30-credit hour curriculum will be awarded the Honors Start as a Sophomore credential if they take 12 to 15 credit hours in honors courses, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the general education core, at the time of completion.
Honors courses are offered in a virtual format, and focus on dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking
Transcripts are enhanced with honors courses
An honors college credential may help students get admitted into their top choice four-year school
Students receive extra support and may participate in programming from the Honors College
Ed.D., Adult, Higher, Community Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership, Ball State University
M.S., Adult and Community Education, Ball State University
B.A., Journalism with a minor in French, Indiana University
M. Beth Borst is Founding Dean of the Ivy Tech Honors College, where she is also a professor specializing in Student Leadership. Borst has prior work experience in media relations and journalism. Her research interests include collegiate honors programs and pedagogy, adult learning, and gender and leadership.
BGS with a concentration in Arts and Humanities and minors in Kinesiology and Fitness Instruction, Indiana University
Sha-Hanna Soaper joined the Honors College in 2016 as an Honors Advisor. In addition to providing academic, career, personal, and transfer advisement, she teaches the first-year leadership and success course as well as Honors Transfer Seminars. Working in education since 2003, Sha-Hanna’s goal is to support the personal, professional, and academic development of students, holistically.
She has served two terms of national and community service with the AmeriCorps program which aims to improve lives and foster civic engagement. Sha-Hanna's research interests are correlated to the improvement of personal health, environmental sustainability, food accessibility and animal advocacy through veganism.
M.A., Organizational Leadership, Indiana Wesleyan University
B.S., Human Development & Family Studies + Minors in Public Health & Human Sexuality, Indiana University
Danielle Hart joined the Honors College in 2018 as an Honors Advisor. She advises students at both the Lake County and Valparaiso campuses in Northwest Indiana and teaches the Honor College’s statewide Student Leadership course.
Danielle enjoys helping honors students realize they are more than just their GPA but also a culmination of all of their experiences including campus and community engagement. Her research interests include leadership development for young adults and diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and beyond.
Susan has worked as the Honors College Assistant since July 2019 where she provides support to applicants, current honors students, and faculty and staff.
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Ivy Tech Community College is a member of MEHA – The Mid-East Honors Council where two and four-year schools in Southern Michigan, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio collaborate and offer their honors students opportunities to network and interact with other students, faculty, and administrators at honors programs throughout the Mid-East region. For more information, click here.
The National Collegiate Honors Council's (NCHC) mission is to support and enhance the community of educational institutions, professionals, and students who participate in collegiate honors education around the world. For more information, click here.