Honors at Tippie

From the Dean's List to honors in your major, Tippie loves celebrating the academic achievements of our students.

Honors in the Major at Tippie

Graduating with Honors in the Major is not just about doing well in the classroom.  Through Honors in the Major, you complete a research project under the mentorship of a Tippie faculty member, giving you the opportunity to dig deep and develop an expertise in your field of study.  We provide support along the way while connecting you with a community of business honors peers. 

Curious to learn more?  Check out the requirements below, and then get in touch to schedule an appointment with the Honors advisor in Tippie's Undergraduate Program Office.

Distinguish yourself

Reach high and graduate with honors in your major from Iowa's top business school.  Requirements include:

  • 3.5 GPAs at graduation: cumulative, UI, business, UI business
  • Completion of BUS:1999 Introduction to Research in Business
  • Two-semester thesis project with a faculty member in your field
  • Poster presentation of your thesis research

Want to see how Honors in the Major can fit into your graduation plan? Download the registration form and return it to the Undergraduate Program Office.  We'll be in touch to schedule an advising appointment.

Register for honors

On track to graduate with honors?

As your thesis comes to completion, you're just a few steps away from graduating with Honors in the Major:

  • Keep an eye on those GPAs!  We will do a final review of grades after graduation.
  • Download and complete the form below to confirm that you are on track to graduate with Honors in the Major in the current semester.
  • Prepare your poster and save the date for the Honors Program's Undergraduate Research Festival.
  • When completed, submit your thesis by PDF to Jennifer Blair

Apply to graduate with honors


University Honors

University Honors provides another pathway to honors graduation.  By completing honors-designated coursework and experiential learning opportunities, you can graduate with University Honors.

Tippie's Honors in the Major program is one way to fulfill the experiential learning requirement for University Honors.  If you satisfy the University Honors coursework requirement, plus complete the requirements to graduate with Honors in the Major, you can graduate with both Honors in the Major and University Honors!

Learn more at the Honors at Iowa website:

Honors at Iowa

Dean's List

Tippie recognizes our achieving students by admitting them to our Dean's List. Over a semester, these outstanding students must achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher on at least 12 semester hours of UI graded coursework with no hours of I (incomplete) or 0 (no grade reported). 

Graduating with distinction

Graduates are recognized for scholastic achievement, based on GPA, and wear one, two, or three stars on the sleeve of their graduation gown for distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction.  

With highest distinction:

Students in the highest 2%

With high distinction:

Students in the next highest 3%

With distinction:

Students in the next highest 5%

Alumni Story
While at Tippie,, Tom Niblock (BBA07) merged his economics and religious studies majors to build a career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

Pivot from research assistant to advocate

Tom Niblock (BBA07) was a research assistant at Iowa. On one of his first projects, he and his professor researched the effect of HIV/AIDS on labor markets.

"We wrote a paper together, and I presented it at a conference through the honors program and at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines."

At the time, there was a crisis developing in Sub-Saharan Africa with HIV/AIDS. People there were dying really at an alarming rate, but no one had looked at the implications for what would happen to the labor market.

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