Hutton Honors College

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Hutton Honors College
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Former names
University Honors Divisions
DeanAndrea Ciccarelli
Location811 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47408
WebsiteHutton Honors College

The Hutton Honors College (or simply Hutton or HHC) is the honors program of Indiana University. The college was founded as the University Honors Division in 1966 with Warner Chapman as its director. It was renamed the Hutton Honors College in the fall of 2004 in honor of IU alumnus Edward L. Hutton.[1] Its purpose serves to bring together students of various disciplines in an intellectually engaging manner, through research, creative projects, seminars, extracurricular activities, rigorous academics, travel abroad, internships, and of course, fun!

Hutton Honors College Students and Alumni have achieved many forms of successes, including:

- Fellowships and scholarships, such as the Churchill Scholarship, the Fulbright Scholarship, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Luce Fellowship the Marshall Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and many more.

- Graduate degrees at institutions such as Indiana University, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown University, Juilliard, Stanford, Columbia University, University of Chicago, Oxford University, etc.

- Careers in corporations and nonprofits which include, Amazon, the American Red Cross, the "Big Four" accounting firms, the U.S. Department of State, Ford Motor Company, Google, IBM, the Peace Corps, Target, and many others.


  • May 1965: The IU Board of Trustees approves “in principle” the establishment of an Honors Division.
  • 1966: The University Honors Division, with Warner Chapman as its director, is established as a unit within the Office for Undergraduate Development. Within a few years, the Honors Division begins to report to the chancellor of the campus. The “first home” of the University Honors Division is Professor Chapman’s office, Kirkwood Hall 113.
  • 1973-1986: The University Honors Division is housed in the Student Building.
  • 1984-85: Julia Conaway Bondanella, associate director of the University Honors Division, serves as acting director. Professor Bondanella serves as associate director of the University Honors Division from 1983 to 2000 and associate dean of the IU Honors College 2000-01. She was also elected president of the National Collegiate Honors Council from 1993 to 1994.
  • Fall 1985: James S. Ackerman, professor of religious studies and former chair of that department, becomes director of the University Honors Division. The first Honors Division merit scholarship recipients matriculate.
  • Spring 1986: The University Honors Division moves into Haskett House, 324 N. Jordan Ave. A converted garage in Haskett called the Brown County Room serves in the coming years as space to welcome students, faculty, and distinguished campus visitors for extracurricular events.
  • Early 1990s: The University Honors Division offers its students the opportunity to earn an Honors Notation in recognition of the completion of honors-level coursework in several departments.
  • Spring 1993: The University Honors Division is given the use of Moody House, 326 N. Jordan Ave., for its advising staff; the offices of other HD administrators remain in 324 N. Jordan Ave.
  • August 1993: James Ackerman retires; Lewis H. Miller Jr., professor of English and co-founder of the Liberal Arts and Management Program, becomes director of the University Honors Division.
  • 1999: The University Honors Division establishes an Honors Residential Community in Forest Quadrangle.
  • 2000: The University Honors Division becomes the Honors College and Lewis Miller is named dean.
  • Summer 2002: Edward Gubar, the Honors College director of publications and of grants and a faculty member in the HC and the IU School of Journalism, serves as acting dean.
  • August 2002: Karen Hanson, chair of the Department of Philosophy and the Rudy Professor of Philosophy, is named dean of the Honors College.
  • Late Fall 2004: The Honors College is named the Hutton Honors College, in honor of IU alumnus, business leader, and philanthropist Edward L. Hutton.
  • August 2007: Jean Robinson, professor of political science, serves as interim dean.
  • July 2008: Matthew Auer is named dean of the HHC.
  • January 2008: The new 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) Hutton Honors College building opens, made possible by the generosity of Edward L. Hutton.

Admission and academics[edit]

Admission into the prestigious Hutton Honors College requires students to have a minimum HS GPA of 3.90 (or top 7.5% class rank) and a ≥32 ACT or ≥1390 (OLD SAT CR+M)/ ≥1440 (NEW SAT) OR a minimum HS GPA of 3.85 (or top 10% class rank) and a ≥34 ACT or ≥1470 (OLD SAT CR+M)/ ≥1510 (NEW SAT).

To achieve the Hutton Honors Notation, students must maintain at least a 3.40 GPA for the required 18 credit hours counting towards the Hutton Honors Notation (HHN), with no course grade lower than a C (courses taken satisfactory/fail do not count toward the HHN), and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.40 at the time of graduation.

International program[edit]

Indiana University’s Hutton Honors College is among the first university honors programs to make international experience a central feature of its mission and goals. The aim is to help fund an international experience for all of HHC students. Since 2000, the International Experiences Program has helped subsidize overseas experiences for more than 3,500 students. Recipients have traveled to six continents and more than 85 countries.[2]


During the 2009-2010 school year, Hutton awarded a total of 326 grants amounting to $334,402.50.[3] HHC provides grants for a range of student endeavors including:

  • Research Grants
  • Research Partnership Awards
  • Creative Activity Grants
  • Teaching Internship Grants
  • Pre-Professional Experience Internship Grants
  • Professional Development Internship Grants
  • Travel Grants
  • Fine Arts Capstone Awards
  • IMP Capstone Awards
  • HHC Thesis Awards
  • Alternative Spring Break Grants

Honors Residential Communities[edit]

HRCs are academically oriented living environments that emphasize the learning and social aspects of campus life. Students can take selected HHC courses at the residence center and consult with a peer mentor living nearby.


  1. ^ "The evolution of the Hutton Honors College". Indiana University. 2008. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  2. ^ "Hutton International Experiences Program". Indiana University. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  3. ^ 2009-2010 Annual Report of the Hutton Honors College Annual Report 2009-2010

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