How do I apply to the UHC?

If you are a first year student you will apply by filling out the Honors College section of the OSU application for admission. If you are a transfer student or 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?

First year 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. Transfer students can apply on the UHC web site before they are admitted to OSU, but must be admitted to the University before the UHC can admit them.

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 January 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 confirmation shortly after the application is submitted. (make sure you have entered the correct e-mail address on your application and if your confirmation e-mail does not arrive check your SPAM filter). 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:

  • 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.

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 acceptdecline, or postpone our offer. 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 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?

Yes, but we encourage this only for student who have new information to present (Updated GPA, test scores or essays). 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?

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.