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IUPUI hosts retreat for incoming freshman Honors Scholars


INDIANAPOLIS — More than 200 of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ highest-achieving new students will put their non-academic skills to the test during a retreat that includes rock climbing, high ropes courses, archery, hiking, basketball and swimming.

The IUPUI Honors College will host its second annual First-Year Scholars Retreat Saturday, July 13, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Jameson Camp, 2001 Bridgeport Road.

The IUPUI Honors College offers a challenging academic environment for high-ability students. Honors Scholars have completed a rigorous program of study in high school, maintained a GPA of 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or better, and have an ACT composite score of 28 or an SAT critical reading and math combined score of 1250 or higher.

“These are Indiana’s future doctors, dentists, lawyers and biomedical engineers,” Honors College Dean E. Jane Luzar said, adding that many of the scholars will settle in Indiana after earning their college degrees. Honors College “is the brain trust of the university.”

Honors College students receive IUPUI’s top scholarships under four programs: Bepko Scholars and Fellows, Herbert Presidential Scholars, Plater International Fellows and IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholarship.

The Scholars Retreat is a life-changing introduction to college life. “Incoming Honors College students really bond and make some of their first and best college friends during the retreat,” Luzar said.

The retreat is open to media. To arrange visits and interviews, contact Diane Brown, IU Communications, at 317-274-2195 or 317-371-0437.