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 better 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.
All applicants must answer the essay question.
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.
(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.
The UHC will read and review your OSU insight resume as part of the UHC application process. You do not need to provide an additional copy of the Insight resume to the UHC.
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.