All prospective Herron students must first be unconditionally admitted to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Once admitted to the University, the student’s application will be reviewed for admission to Herron.
Admission to Herron is based on a student's previous school record and may also require a visual portfolio.
Please note: All Herron students, except for art history majors, are admitted into either the pre-fine art or pre-art education program. Once a student has completed the pre-fine art or pre-art education program, which includes all Foundation Year courses and at least 9 credit hours of sophomore-level studio coursework, the student will go through a portfolio review process in order to be admitted to a major. Students interested in art history are directly admitted into that program and do not go through a portfolio review process.
For an online application to IUPUI and general admission requirements, please visit www.iupui.edu/apply. When completing the application, under the section entitled “Planned Major/Program,” select “Fine Arts Majors” for your Academic Program. You will then choose from three areas for your Academic Plan: “Art (Herron Pre-Fine Arts),” “Art Education,” or “Art History.” This will route your application to Herron. If you are fully admitted to IUPUI as an incoming freshmen, there will be no other application requirements: you will be directly admitted to Herron School of Art and Design.
Once a student has been unconditionally admitted to IUPUI, his/her application will be reviewed by Herron. Admission policies for Herron vary based on whether the student is an incoming freshman, transfer student, applying for readmission, or transferring from another school at IUPUI. Please read the information below to determine how Herron will evaluate your application.
Students who are attending college for the first time are considered incoming freshmen. If an incoming Herron freshman is unconditionally admitted to IUPUI, he or she will be able to enroll at Herron as a pre-fine art, pre-art education or art history student. Pre-fine art and pre-art education students will participate in a portfolio review in the sophomore year of their studies at Herron for admission into their chosen majors.
Students who have graduated from high school and who then enrolled at a college or university and possess credits from that institution are considered transfer students. Once transfer students have been unconditionally admitted to IUPUI, they will receive direct admission to Herron if their cumulative g.p.a. at their previous college or university in over 12 credit hours was more than a 2.5 on a 4 point scale. Transfer students with less than a 2.5 cumulative g.p.a. will be sent a letter from Herron requesting to see their portfolio for admission consideration.
Transfer students may receive credit for successfully completing academic courses (grade of C or higher) of equivalent content from other regionally accredited institutions. Transfer credit for studio art courses, however, is granted only from institutions with National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation. Credits for studio art courses from institutions not accredited by NASAD may be eligible for evaluation toward a Herron degree program. Transfer students ready to register for 300-level studio courses must submit a portfolio for review. Students who are eligible for advancement will be notified by the Herron Student Services Office after admission to IUPUI. Review dates and guidelines will be determined by the individual degree programs.
Students who have previously attended Herron or have received a degree outside of Herron from IUPUI must submit an application to IUPUI if they have not attended school for over a year. If an IUPUI/Herron student has been out of school for less than a year, he or she should contact an academic advisor at Herron to discuss readmission to the school (317) 278-9400. Previous Herron students should receive direct admission to Herron as long as they had not been academically dismissed from the school. Previous IUPUI students who did not pursue a Herron degree are admitted based on the guidelines for students transferring from other IUPUI schools (see below).
Students from other IUPUI schools
Students currently enrolled in another IUPUI school may request a transfer into Herron School of Art and Design. Students must have a minimum of 12 credit hours and a 2.50 or higher cumulative grade point average. Students must complete the Herron Application and return it to the Herron Student Services Office, room 126. Priority application deadlines are October 1 for spring admission and March 1 for summer or fall admission.
The official deadlines for admission to IUPUI are listed here. However, it is highly recommended that you submit your application much earlier than the deadlines listed for IUPUI in order to be considered for scholarships offered through the university and Herron.
For students applying for the fall semester, it is important to note the deadline for IUPUI’s admission-based scholarships is February 1. Other competitive IUPUI scholarships may have earlier deadlines. For more information, please visit IUPUI Office of Student Scholarships.
Herron also has scholarships with deadlines ranging from November 1 to April 1. A listing of Herron scholarships is below.
For a list of the most current tuition and fees, please visit the website for the Office of the Bursar.
There are many opportunities for incoming students to receive scholarships through Herron and IUPUI’s Office of Student Scholarships. Find out which scholarship(s) you are eligible for by reading through all of the options below!
Herron In-State Portfolio Scholarship
Up to $3000
Deadline: April 1
The Herron Portfolio Scholarships are awarded based upon the quality of the student’s portfolio and application essay. These scholarships are awarded for the purpose of assisting with tuition costs. The deadline for this scholarship is April 1st, before fall semester enrollment. It is open to incoming freshmen and transfer students claiming Indiana residency on their IUPUI applications.
One of the portfolio scholarships available is the Helen Mowery Scholarship, which gives priority to Marion County students graduating from Lawrence or Warren Township high schools.
Herron’s Scholarship Review Committee prefers that applicants apply online at www.herron.slideroom.com. When submitting the application online, first click the “Start a New Submission” button. Then click the “Undergraduate Programs” link to find the In-State Portfolio Scholarship Application. When you apply, please be sure to complete the online application form and the application essay. Slideroom.com charges a $10 fee to use this system. If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support.
If you are unable to apply online, you may bring your original artwork, essay and application form to Herron. All three items must be delivered to Herron Student Services, Room 126, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed for national and campus holidays. Please call 317-278-9400 in advance of dropping off your portfolio to ensure that we are not closed for a staff meeting. While every precaution will be taken, Herron School of Art and Design is not responsible for damaged or lost work. Please make sure that work is safely packaged and well-protected.
Shared Heritage Scholarship
Up to $2500 annually
Deadline: April 1
The Shared Heritage Scholarship was established in 1996 in conjunction with the Shared Heritage exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in recognition of four African American artists, John W. Hardwick, William Majors, William E. Scott and Hale Woodruff. Incoming freshmen or transfer students applying to be full time students to Herron School of Art and Design are eligible for this scholarship. The donors wish to support underrepresented minority students through this scholarship.
Applicants to both the In-State and Out-of-State Herron Portfolio Scholarship programs will be evaluated for the Shared Heritage Scholarship—please follow the application procedures for the appropriate scholarship in order to be reviewed for the Shared Heritage Scholarship.
Herron Out-of-State Scholarship
Between $2000 and $8000 annually
Priority Deadlines: November 1 for spring semester applicants, March 1 for fall semester applicants
This scholarship is an annually-renewable scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students who are categorized as non-residents by IUPUI’s Undergraduate Office of Admissions. The student may apply based on either his/her academic achievements or his/her portfolio. To be considered for renewal, students must attend Herron full time, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and continue their status as a non-resident.
Herron’s Scholarship Review Committee prefers that portfolio applicants apply online at www.herron.slideroom.com. When submitting the application online, first click the “Start a New Submission” button. Then click the “Undergraduate Programs” link to find the Out-of-State Portfolio Scholarship Application. When you apply, please be sure to complete the online application form and the application essay. Slideroom.com charges a $10 fee to use this system. If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you may send an email to email@example.com for technical support.
You will need the Out-of-State Scholarship Application PDF in order to mail the application. The pdf includes detailed instructions regarding the application process. NOTE: If you choose to submit the scholarship based on your academic performance, you may only do so by mail.
IUPUI and Private Sector Scholarships for Incoming Students
Information about IUPUI scholarships as well as private sector scholarships is available on IUPUI’s Office of Student Scholarships Web page. To be considered for admission-based scholarships from IUPUI’s Office of Student Scholarships, you must submit your entire IUPUI application prior to
Other competitive scholarships offered through IUPUI’s Honors College can be found at Honors College. These scholarships have an application deadline of November 15 and provide the recipients with full rides (for in-state tuition) or close to full rides, in addition to other benefits such as stipends for housing or international travel.
Scholarships for Current Herron Students
Scholarship opportunities continue to be available once you are a student at Herron. Herron scholarships for current students are typically based on an application process and/or the recommendations of Herron faculty. The number of the scholarships and award amounts vary.
The Reverend A.G. Fraser International Travel Scholarship is available for students participating in Herron’s international travel program. In 1979, Ian Fraser, a pioneering professor at Herron, led ten students on a journey of education and enlightenment to France. Each year, Herron’s international travel program continues to impact the lives of students. In 2011, 16 students traveled to Italy,12 to London and experienced a learning environment like never before. Many students would be unable to participate in this life-changing experience without financial assistance.
Financial aid, including grants, loans and the federal work study program, is administered by IUPUI’s Office of Financial Aid.
Please visit their web site for more information.
Living on campus is a great way to get to know fellow students and feel connected to the university. Students have the following on-campus housing options:
1. Herron House, a Resident-Based Learning Community in the Campus Apartments on the Riverwalk, is open to all levels of undergraduate Herron students—freshmen through seniors.
2. Only sophomores through seniors may live in any other part of the Campus Apartments on the Riverwalk.
3. The University Place Conference Center and Hotel will be converted to freshmen-only housing with a dining facility and will be open to students enrolling in the fall 2013 semester. Further updates on this new option can be found at www.housing.iupui.edu.
4. Ball Residence Hall, a freshmen-only dorm
Students living in Ball Residence Hall and the newly-converted University Place Conference Center and Hotel will be required to purchase a meal plan for the the dining facilities in the University Place Conference Center and Hotel. The dining plan is optional for students living in the Campus Apartments.
How to apply
1. Complete the Campus Housing Application, available online at www.housing.iupui.edu, and pay the non-refundable housing application fee. You may apply for housing prior to receiving your admission letter from IUPUI, but if you do so, you must use the paper housing application, which is printable on this site.
2. If you are interested in living in Herron House, please make sure to indicate that you are interested in a four-bedroom apartment in the Campus Apartments on the Riverwalk and check “Herron House” in the section regarding Resident-Based Learning Communities.
3. Please apply for housing early, as housing fills quickly.
Questions regarding the housing application, facilities, fees, etc. should be directed to Housing and Residence Life at 317-274-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about program content for Herron House should be directed to 317-278-9400.
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