How do I apply to the University Honors College (UHC)?

If you are a first-year applicant, apply by filling out the UHC section of the OSU application for admission. If you are a transfer applicant or current OSU student, you can apply here on the UHC web site.

Do I need a letter of recommendation?

No, the University Honors College does not accept letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process.

Do I have to be a first-year student to apply to the UHC?

No. The Honors Associate track is specifically designed for students who transfer in to the UHC with at least two years left in their undergraduate studies. However, each student enters the UHC with a unique timeline to complete all requirements. You can contact us if you have specific questions on completing the UHC curriculum as a transfer student.

Am I a first-year applicant, transfer applicant, or current OSU applicant?

First-year applicants are generally seniors in high school and come directly from high school to college. Although they may have college credit, they have not attended college after graduating from high school.

Transfer applicants have attended college after graduating from high school.

Current OSU student applicants are currently enrolled at OSU, even if this is their first term.

Do I have to be admitted to OSU before applying to the UHC?

You need to be admitted to OSU or be in the process of applying.

When can I apply?

First-year applicants can apply September 1 through February 1. There are two application  deadlines for first-year applicants: November 1 (early round) and February 1 (primary round).  Transfer and current OSU applicants can apply January 1 through March 15. There is only one deadline (March 15) for transfer and current OSU students.

What are the deadlines for applying? When will I find out if I have been accepted?

First-year applicants - For the early round, applications must be submitted online by midnight on November 1. The UHC mails early round decision letters by December 31. 

For the primary round, applications must be submitted online by midnight on February 1. The UHC mails primary round decision letters by March 31.

Transfer and Current OSU applicants - applications must be submitted by midnight on March 15.  The UHC e-mails transfer and current round decision notifications by April 30.

Will you accept my application if it is turned in late?

No, the UHC strictly adheres to its deadlines.

How do I know if you got my application?

Applicants will receive an e-mail confirmation shortly after the application is submitted. Make sure you have entered the correct e-mail address on your application; if your confirmation e-mail does not arrive, check your SPAM filter. Applicants may also contact us to verify receipt of the application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is properly submitted.

What are the criteria to apply to the UHC?

First-Year students (entering from high school) minimum criteria:

  • 3.75 cumulative un-weighted high school GPA or
  • 1820 on the new SAT or
  • 27 on the ACT

Transfer/Current OSU student minimum criteria:

  • Transfer college cumulative 3.50 GPA or
  • OSU cumulative 3.50 GPA

If I meet the minimum criteria, does that mean I am automatically accepted to the UHC?

No. Meeting the minimum criteria means that your application will be reviewed but does not guarantee admission.

If admitted, is my decision binding?

If you are accepted to the UHC, you will be asked to notify the UHC of your decision within two weeks.  At that time you can choose to acceptdecline, or postpone your decision. If you postpone your decision, you will have until May 1 to inform the UHC of your final decision.

What if I don't meet the minimum criteria to apply?

The UHC will not review submissions from applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria.

If I'm not admitted in the early round, can I apply again for the primary round?

Yes, but we encourage this only for applicants who have new information to present (e.g., updated GPA, test scores or essay). Applicants who submit the same application will likely receive the same decision.

If I am not admitted to the UHC from high school, can I reapply after a year or two at OSU?

Yes, you may apply as often as you wish, provided you have approximately two years left of your undergraduate studies.

I am an online student taking courses through OSU's E-campus. Is it possible for me to be in the UHC?

Unfortunately, the UHC is not available to students in distance education.

Who teaches UHC classes?

UHC classes are taught by OSU faculty, not Teaching Assistants.

Does the UHC cost more than OSU tuition?

Yes, UHC students pay additional tuition each term. Currently UHC tuition is $341 per term in addition to OSU tuition.

Does the UHC offer any scholarships?

Yes! There are a limited number of scholarships available to entering UHC students, and some exciting and attractive scholarship, fellowship, internship, and degree program opportunities available to enrolled UHC students.