The Oregon State University Honors College (HC) is a small degree-granting college at Oregon State University. The HC offers OSU’s most prestigious undergraduate degree, the Honors Baccalaureate Degree, which can be earned in any major.

HC students:

  • graduate with OSU’s most prestigious undergraduate degree, the Honors Baccalaureate.
  • are members of a tight-knit community of engaged students, faculty, and staff.
  • participate in small classes, typically limited to 12 or 20 students.
  • receive one-on-one mentoring by faculty members.
  • attend Honors classes taught by faculty, not teaching assistants.
  • receive personal academic advising from the HC advisors.
  • can apply to live in the Honors Living Learning Community in partnership with West Residence Hall.
  • have access to Student Learning Centers, perfect for homework, study groups, and meetings.
  • find leadership opportunities.
  • help to organize and participate in HC trips and events.
  • receive support in the completion of an undergraduate thesis.

Note: Over 90% of HC graduates who apply to law, medical, or graduate schools are accepted.

HC Graduates:

The Honors College prepares students to succeed in any field they choose to pursue after graduation. Our graduates have had over 90 percent acceptance rates into graduate and professional schools, including Harvard, Emory, Stanford, and respected medical schools such as Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai, and Oregon Health & Science University. The opportunities offered by the HC and OSU are designed to equip students with the experiences, connections, and achievements to help them stand out both professionally and in their communities.

Taking Honors Classes 

 The Honors College refreshes the curriculum each academic year. The HC features some of OSU’s most inspiring teachers and serves many of OSU’s most talented and motivated undergraduates. As an Honors College student, you will complete approximately one-fifth of your course work in the Honors environment. Many Honors courses can also satisfy university and major-field requirements. Honors classes are small - most are no more than 24 students. Compared to offerings in major fields of study, HC courses are more discussion-based and in-depth, but they do not typically involve more work. Each term you will meet with an advisor in your academic department as well as an advisor in the HC to help plan for courses that meet your major requirements and satisfy your interests.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Mentorship

As a member of the Honors College, you’ll have research opportunities ordinarily limited to graduate students. You can work with leading faculty and make real contributions to their research. The Honors thesis also gives you the opportunity to design and conduct a research project of your own. In addition, many HC students win research grants and publish their findings before they graduate.

The Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program is a collaboration between the Honors College (HC) and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This program is designed for incoming HC students who have strong academic abilities and an interest in pursuing veterinary medicine as a career. Pre-Veterinary Scholars will obtain experience, knowledge, and mentorship that will help solidify their career goals and strengthen their application to a professional veterinary program.

HC Faculty

Through Honors classes and research, you’ll study and work with some of OSU’s finest professors, many of whom have national and international reputations in their fields. Mentoring relationships develop easily in the HC, guiding you through your college career, preparing you for the future, and enabling you to solve challenging problems. The HC senior thesis, the capstone to the Honors curriculum, is completed under the guidance of distinguished university faculty members.

Applying to the HC 

Admission to the HC is highly competitive. For eligibility criteria and HC admission dates and deadlines, please visit the HC application information page.

Need More Information?

If you would like to learn more about the HC, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

  • Contact us directly by calling 541-737-6400 or emailing honors.college@oregonstate.edu
  • Send an email to one of our HC Ambassadors to learn about the HC from a student's perspective. All Ambassadors are current HC students who are available to share information and answer questions about their experience via email or in person.
  • Visit our Facebook page to learn more about what's going on in the HC community and to make comments or ask questions.
  • Visit the Contact and Visit Information page to learn how to schedule an information session and tour.