Cohort Honors Programs

The Media School’s cohort honors programs provide enhanced opportunities for about 30 competitively selected incoming freshman students, offering honors coursework and multiple travel and professional development opportunities as students pursue their undergraduate degrees.

Students selected for the Ernie Pyle Scholars or Media Scholars honors programs are directly admitted into their major in The Media School and are eligible to enroll in up to six special honors courses. They travel as a group locally, nationally and internationally with their faculty mentor, who advises them during their four years at The Media School.

How to apply:

The first step is to apply for admission to Indiana University by Nov. 1 and indicate your interest in journalism, media or game design.

Once admitted, top students will be invited to complete IU’s Selective Scholarship Application. In previous years, students invited to complete the SSA have had SAT scores upward of 1310 and ACT scores of at least 28, and GPAs of 3.7 or higher or a top 15 percent ranking in their class.

Once you complete your SSA, you will be considered for admission to one of The Media School’s honors programs.


If you were not invited to complete the SSA but believe you would be a strong candidate for a cohort honors program, you may request to submit a petition for consideration.

To make this request, email Linda Hansel, honors program assistant, no later than Dec. 1.

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