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How do I apply to the UHC?
If you are a first year or transfer student you will apply by filling out the Honors College section of the OSU application for admission. If you are a current OSU student you can apply here on our UHC web site.
Do I need a letter of recommendation?
No, we do not require a letter of recommendation. The University Honors College does not use letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process.
Do I have to be a first-year student to apply to the UHC?
No. We have a track specifically designed for students who transfer in with at least two years left in their undergraduate studies. However, each student is different and enters the UHC with a unique timeline to finish. You can contact a UHC Advisor if you have specific questions on completing the UHC curriculum as a transfer student.
Am I a first-year student, transfer student or current OSU student?
First-year students generally come directly from high school to college. Although they may have college credit, they have not attended college after graduating from high school.
Transfer students have attended college after graduating from high school.
Current OSU students are currently enrolled at OSU, even if this is their first term.
Do I have to be accepted to OSU before applying to the UHC?
No. First year and transfer students apply to OSU and the UHC on the same application, but OSU and UHC admission decisions are sent separately. Current OSU students will apply after they are admitted to OSU.
When can I apply?
First year students can apply September 1 through February 1. There are two application deadlines for first year students November 1 (early round) and February 1 (primary round). Transfer and current OSU students can apply September 1 through March 15. There is only one deadline for transfer and current OSU students.
What are the deadlines for applying and when will I find out if I have been accepted?
First year students - For the early round, applications must be submitted online by midnight on November 1 and applicants will be sent an admission decision letter in the mail by December 31.
For the primary round, applications must be submitted online by midnight on February 1 and applicants will be sent an admission decision letter in the mail by March 31.
Transfer and Current OSU students - applications must be submitted by midnight on March 15 and applicants will be sent an admission decision letter in the mail 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 shortly after submission (make sure you have entered the correct e-mail address on your application and if the copy does not arrive check your SPAM filter). You will also receive an e-mail confirmation from the UHC within two weeks of submitting your application. Applicants may also contact our office to make sure we received their application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application arrives.
What are the criteria to apply to the UHC?
First-Year students (entering from high school) minimum criteria:
Transfer/Current OSU student minimum criteria:
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.
If accepted, is my decision binding?
If you are accepted to the UHC you will be asked to notify the UHC within two weeks of your decision. You can choose to accept, decline, or postpone our offer. If you postpone your decision you will have until May 1 to let our office know in writing of your final decision.
What if I don't meet the minimum criteria to apply?
The UHC will not review applications that do not meet the minimum criteria.
If I do not get accepted in the early round may I apply again for the primary round?
You may apply again. You can submit any updated SAT or ACT scores or an updated GPA. Any updated scores you resubmit need to be sent to the OSU Office of Admissions, as the scores need to be verified. You may also rewrite the essays if you wish. Just send the UHC office a letter stating you would like to be considered for the primary round and if you are submitting new essay responses and if you have submitted any new scores to the Office of Admissions.
If I am not admitted to the UHC from high school can I reapply?
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.