Honors Program

We have established an Honors Program to recognize those who exhibit academic excellence. Consisting of enriched forms of existing courses, Honors sections are based on active student participation through research assignments, in-depth class discussion, group projects and independent study. Students may also enhance leadership skills in community service activities.

This program is limited to fifty participants, selected by a faculty-staff committee. Honors students receive a waiver of tuition (not including books or fees) for up to 64 credit hours in which they are enrolled and receive recognition on his/her academic transcript and at our commencement ceremony.

Qualifications to Apply

Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on ACT or SAT scores and other factors including but not limited to: high school GPA, extra-curricular involvement, a letter of interest and recommendations.

Minimum Score Requirements

  • 27 or higher on ACT
  • 1290 or higher on SAT (taken March 2016 or after)
  • 1810 or higher on 3-part SAT (taken before March 2016)
  • 1220 or higher on 2-part SAT (taken before March 2016)

Candidates must be an in-district student who has not yet earned an associate or bachelor degree.

To remain in the program, Honors students must maintain a full-time course load, a GPA of cumulative 3.35 or better and must enroll in two Honors sections of general education courses per semester.

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, complete the application process below and submit, by mail, to:

Wendy O’Hanlon,
Illinois Central College
Honors Program, 326D
1 College Drive East Peoria, IL 61635

Application Process

Mailed application materials include:

  1. Honors Program Application
  2. Honors Program Recommendation Form
    Submit at least one Recommendation Form in support of your acceptance to Illinois Central College Honor Program. We recommend that you provide this form (or a copy of it) to a teacher or someone who can best comment on your academic performance and potential for success in our Honors Program. One recommendation may provide enough information for our selection committee. However, you may want to submit more.
  3. Personal Statement (one typewritten page)
    Students should write about what they see as their future and how an ICC education will help them achieve their goals.
  4. *Official high school (including ACT score and cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale) and *college transcripts (including dual credit coursework)

* Your transcripts must be submitted directly to the Honors Program to complete your application to the Honors Program. Do not submit transcripts to ICC Admissions.


Deadline for Fall Semester enrollment is February 15 while the deadline for Spring Semester enrollment is November 1.

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