Important: This web form application should be used only by first year UHC applicants who have already submitted an application to Oregon State University. If you have not yet applied to OSU you can apply to the UHC by filling out the Honors College section of the OSU application for admission.

Personal Information

Please enter your OSU ID number without any spaces or dashes (e.g. 931456789)

Academic Information

Essay Question

UHC Essay . All Honors College applicants must complete this essay in 450-500 words.

Note: OSU and the University Honors College seek students with a diversity of interests and perspectives who possess the capacity and motivation to excel. Essays are an important part of your UHC application and should represent your polished writing. Your response will be scored on your writing skills and your ability to think deeply and creatively. Answer the question succinctly (between 450 and 500 words), but with enough detail for the selection committee to get a strong sense of your competencies. Keep in mind that most students applying to the UHC hold similar values (hard work, academic achievement, etc.).  When responding to the UHC essay prompt, consider sharing information that would distinguish you amongst a group of similarly accomplished peers.

 “Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself,

(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

            -- Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself,” ll. 1324-26

Question: The excerpt above seems to refer to an individual’s internal contradictions, but contradictions can also exist on a larger scale.  Consider some of the contradictions that you see in your culture or society.  Choose one significant contradiction, then 1) describe that contradiction, and 2) explain how it could be reconciled.   


Please provide a list highlighting your extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and awards.

AP, IB or College Courses

List any AP/IB or college courses taken while still in high school. List courses you have taken and those you plan to take before graduating from high school. Provide the scores you received if applicable.

Additional Circumstances

(OPTIONAL) If there are additional circumstances or experiences you feel might provide insight into your potential, please explain in your own words in a single page or less.

Additional Materials

The UHC will review transcripts, test scores and Insight resumes as needed for each applicant. Test scores (SAT and/or ACT) and transcripts should be sent directly to general admissions at Oregon State University in a timely fashion as per instructions on the OSU application. You do not need to send a separate copy of your transcript or test scores to the UHC.


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