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The University Honors College (UHC) is a small degree-granting college within Oregon State University. The UHC offers OSU's most prestigious degree, the Honors Baccalaureate Degree, which can be earned in any undergraduate major.
There are many benefits to being part of the University Honors College:
Admission to the UHC is competitive. Students who are eligible to apply must complete the appropriate UHC application. First year applicants and applicants who are transferring from another college or university can apply by filling out the Honors College section at the end of the OSU application for admission. Current OSU students can apply on the UHC web site. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application; if you do not receive this email within one week of applying, contact the UHC office. Please note that first year and transfer students who submit a joint OSU/UHC application will receive two separate admission decisions. The office of admissions at Oregon State University has a rolling application process and will notify you on your admission to the University as soon as all application pieces are received and evaluated. You will receive your UHC admission decision on or before one of the UHC notification dates. For eligibility criteria and UHC admission dates and deadlines please visit the UHC application information page.
The University Honors College refreshes the curriculum each academic year featuring some of OSU’s most inspiring teachers and serving many of OSU’s most talented and motivated undergraduates. As a University Honors College students 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 - no more than 24 students - and are taught by OSU's top faculty. Compared to offerings in the general curriculum, UHC 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 and an advisor in the UHC to help plan for courses that meet your requirements and speak to your interests.
As a member of the University Honors College, you’ll have research opportunities ordinarily limited to graduate students. Not only can you work with leading faculty and make real contributions to their research, the honors thesis gives you the opportunity to design and conduct a research project of your own. In addition, many UHC students win research grants and publish their findings well before they graduate.
Through Honors classes and research, you’ll study and work with some of Oregon State’s finest professors, many of whom have national and international reputations in their fields. Mentoring relationships develop easily in the UHC, guiding you through your college career, preparing you for the future, and showing you how to solve challenging problems and make a positive difference in the world. The UHC senior thesis, the capstone to the Honors curriculum, is completed under the guidance of distinguished university faculty members.
The University Honors College prepares students to succeed in any field they choose to pursue after graduation. Our graduates have had extraordinary acceptance rates (over 90 percent) into graduate and professional schools, including Harvard, Emory, Stanford, and respected medical schools like Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai, and Oregon Health & Science University. The opportunities offered by the UHC and OSU are designed to equip students with the experiences, connections, and achievements to help them stand out both professionally and in their communities.
If you would like to learn more about the UHC, we encourage you to get in touch with us through one of the following channels: