Apply to the Certificate

Be one of the new students who start our honors-level certificate program every year.

The two LAMP application periods are:

Sept. 1–October 15: Application period for IU freshmen and sophomores

Feb. 1–March 21: Application period for IU freshmen (and sometimes sophomores, depending on credits)

1. Complete the Online Application Form

The application form is available at the end of this page during the two application periods.* You'll be asked to list your extracurricular activities and describe why you want to join the LAMP community. The short essay question allows you to showcase your writing and argumentation skills.

* The online application form is not available from April through August, nor from November through January.

2. Provide One Letter of Recommendation

Your recommendor will need to fill out the LAMP online recommendation form during the application period.

Recommendations carry the most weight when they come from a faculty member or an Associate Instructor (AI) who taught you at IU—preferably someone who can comment on your academic interests and abilities. Recommendations should not come from a relative or friend. If this is your first semester at IU, we hope you have already forged a good relationship with one of your current instructors but if you haven’t had that opportunity yet, we will accept a letter from your high school.

Recommendations Deadline

The deadline for recommendations is the last day of the application period. Get to know your recommender before asking them to recommend you, inform them of the deadline, be sure to allow them plenty of time, and direct them to the online form for submitting the recommendation.

Who Can Apply

Successful applicants will typically have a GPA of at least 3.3 and must at the time of graduation have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in order to receive the honors certificate. 

*Freshmen will be admitted on a provisional basis and will remain in the honors program only if they can maintain a 3.3+ GPA.

Freshmen and Sophomores

IU freshmen* and sophomores pursuing a degree in the IU College of Arts and Sciences may apply to the LAMP honors certificate program. If you are currently pursuing a degree outside the College but intend to transfer to the College, you can still apply.

Haven't decided on a major yet? No worries. LAMP advisors will help you explore your options—and help you decide if LAMP is right for you.


We do, on occasion, accept juniors into the honors certificate program. Juniors will need to look at the LAMP certificate requirements with a LAMP advisor to make sure that everything can be completed on time before graduation.