Hutton Honors College

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Hutton Honors College
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Former names
University Honors Divisions
Type Public
Established 1966
Dean Andrea Ciccarelli
Undergraduates 4,200+
Location 811 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47408
Campus Bloomington
Website Hutton 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 Hutton.[1] The college offers a range of small, challenging courses along with a variety of extracurricular and service programs. These opportunities, which include a close working relationship with some of IU's top faculty, affirm IU's commitment to providing students with both the intimacy of a small college and the breadth of a large research institution. The Hutton Honors College recruits diverse, talented, and highly motivated students whose presence on campus serves to enhance the education of all undergraduates. By offering a range of small, challenging courses along with a variety of extracurricular and service programs, it strives to ensure an enriched academic and social experience for its students and to create an environment that fosters active, innovative learning.[2]

HHC Achievements[edit]

Hutton Honors College graduates have found success in many arenas. Scholars have received fellowships and scholarships from various organizations including Beinecke, Churchill, Fulbright, Gates, Goldwater, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell, Rhodes, Soros, Truman and Udall.

Those seeking graduate school have been accepted to Brown, California at Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Indiana, Johns Hopkins, Juilliard, London School of Economics, Northwestern, Oxford, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Sorbonne, Stanford, Tufts, UCLA and Yale.

Graduates have worked with public and nonprofit sector employers including Americorps, Department of Defense, Department of State, Peace Corps and Teach for America.

Honors College alumni work for many corporate employers such as Abbott Laboratories, Citibank, Eli Lilly and Company, Hallmark, IBM, JP Morgan, KPMG, Lucent, P&G and Smith Barney.


  • 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]

The HHC welcomed 658 new students in the 2010-11 school year, matriculating 658 students in the fall and 254 in the spring pushing the student body over 4,200 students. The students entered with a mean SAT (combined critical verbal and math) of 1385 and average ACT Composite score of 31.4. Seventy-nine National Merit Scholars joined the Honors College, as well as 16 National Merit Finalists. Slightly more than 40% of the entering group received HHC Freshmen Scholarships. Among the incoming students there were also 19 Cox IU Research Scholars, 19 Herbert Presidential Scholars, 18 Wells Scholars, and 10 Kelley School of Business Scholars.

International Dimension[edit]

The Hutton Honors College provides many ways for students to broaden their horizons. A vital way to develop one’s worldview is to get out there and see — and experience — the world. The Edward L. Hutton International Experiences Program, made possible by a $9 million donation by Hutton, grants help students to experience the ways of other peoples and the sights and tastes of other cultures. International experiences can involve participation in:

  • a study abroad program for a summer, semester, or year
  • research or creative projects or internships in countries around the world
  • service projects in foreign countries

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.[3]


During the 2009-2010 school year, Hutton awarded a total of 326 grants amounting to $334,402.50.[4] 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]

HHC students can choose the culturally and intellectually stimulating environment of an Honors Residential Community (HRC) located in the Northwest, Central and Southeast neighborhoods. 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. The communities’ student-planned programming features guest lecturers, faculty dinners, movie nights, trips, and various outings to cultural events.

Extracurricular Opportunities[edit]

By being a member of the HHC, students are invited to unique opportunities across campus. Each year the Honors College sponsors 60-70 programs that contribute to the intellectual, cultural and social lives of undergraduates. These gatherings give the opportunities for the students to talk informally with faculty, community leaders and distinguished campus visitors. Additionally workshops and other types of programming offer opportunities to discuss political and social issues. Students can also attend the opera, theatre, and events at the IU Auditorium (often involving a question and answer session with the performer) at discounted rates and other. Other activities take place at the IU Art Museum and Musical Arts Center.

Visiting guests have included:


Students in the HHC come from many different backgrounds. In the 2010 fall class, 223 of the 658 students were from out of state as far away as California, New York and Pennsylvania. Fifteen students came from 8 foreign countries including China, India, Israel, Nigeria, Taiwan and Canada. Minority students account for almost 17% of the 2010 fall class.


  1. ^ "Edward L. Hutton Archive". Indiana University. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  2. ^ "Hutton Honors College Mission Statement". Indiana University. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Hutton International Experiences Program". Indiana University. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. ^ 2009-2010 Annual Report of the Hutton Honors College Annual Report 2009-2010

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