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Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2021!

Important updates for Fall Semester 2020:

  • Fully Virtual Honors Program - courses, advising, programming
  • SAT and ACT requirements waived*
  • Internet/Distance Ed fees waived

*A placement exam may be required. Contact the Honors College for more details.

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Our Mission

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

Why an Honors Experience?

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.

Guest students are welcome to apply to the Honors College for an enhanced experience while at Ivy Tech.
Click here to register for a virtual Info Session.

Interested in a career in pharmacy
Click here to learn about the Honors College agreement with Manchester University’s Pharm-D program.

Limited Honors Program Scholarships are available. Once admitted into the Honors Program, students may apply for an Honors College scholarship.
For 2021 Program Fees click here.

Big Dreams? You Should Apply!

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. 

Benefits:

  • 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

Interested? Please see your academic advisor or contact the Honors College at honorscollege@ivytech.edu.

Need More Information?

Fill out this interest form and a member of the Honors College Team will reach out to you.

Click below to register for an upcoming virtual Honors College Information session:

Information Session Registration Links

Mondays at 5 p.m. EST/ 4 p.m. CST
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. EST/ 4:30 p.m. CST
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. EST/ 11:30 a.m. CST
Fridays at 12:30 p.m. EST/ 11:30 a.m. CST

Questions?

Please contact the Honors College at honorscollege@ivytech.edu

Staff Info & Campus Locations

Meet our staff below!

The Honors program is available at select campuses. View them in the dropdown above. 

M. Beth Borst, Ed.D.
Dean, Ivy Tech Honors College
mborst@ivytech.edu

Education

  • 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.

Sha-Hanna Soaper, Honors Advisor
Slewis87@ivytech.edu
317-762-5759 (texting available)

Education

  • MBA, University of Southern Indiana, June 2020
  • 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.

Danielle Hart, Honors Advisor
Dhughes141@ivytech.edu
317-210-2971 (texting available)

Education

  • 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 Wolf, Honors College Assistant
Swolf37@ivytech.edu

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.