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Expanded Summer Honors program announced

March 18, 2011

Indiana State University's long-running Summer Honors program will expand to two weeks this year, offering talented high school students greater flexibility in scheduling.

A total of 19 seminars will be offered during the programs' first week July 17-23, five more programs than last year. All but two of the seminars will be repeated July 24-30.

Now in its 43rd year, Summer Honors offers a week of intense learning with courses taught by some of Indiana State's most experienced faculty and the expansion is designed to serve more top students, said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

"We're always revising and improving Summer Honors and last year many sessions filled up early. By repeating most subjects for a second week, we can help more high school students get a first-hand taste of the higher education experience so they can be better prepared to become full-time college students down the road," Beacon said.

Summer Honors participants will get a preview of some of Indiana State's most popular and highly recognized programs. Courses will include activities that range from flying an aircraft and leadership development to using forensics to create a clay model of a human head, and exploring the music industry. Other areas include art, music, graphic design, interior architecture and design, elementary education, health and medicine, theater and history. Students will work alongside some of the same professors they will later learn from and conduct research with if they chose to pursue their college degree at Indiana State.

Summer Honors is open to current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Participants should have at least a "B" average and are recommended by a high school teacher, counselor or principal. However, students who do not have a "B" average may be accepted on a space-available basis if they have a strong recommendation letter. Participants need not be Indiana residents.

Summer Honors participants can earn one semester hour of credit that may be applied to a degree at Indiana State or transferred to select universities. In addition, those who complete Summer Honors with a B average or higher in their seminar, and graduate from high school with at least a B average, will be eligible to earn a $1000 scholarship to Indiana State.

Fees for this year's program are $350 for most seminars, which includes tuition, room and board. There is an additional cost of up to $75 for some seminars to cover additional course-related expenses. A limited number of mini-scholarships are available based on financial need.
Deadline to apply is May 20. Applicants are asked to not send payments with their applications. Fees will be due upon the acceptance into the program.

For more information, including specifics about the seminars offered, or to apply online, go to or contact the ISU Office of Admissions at 1-800-GO-TO-ISU (1-800-468-6478) or 812-237-2121.

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or