Admission to the UHC is competitive. Students who are eligible to apply must complete the appropriate UHC application.

The deadline to apply to the UHC for fall 2014 admission has passed.

First Year Students – Students applying to the UHC directly from high school for fall 2014 admission will apply by filling out the Honors College application section of the OSU undergraduate application for admission.

* Note: First year applicants who applied to OSU without filling out the Honors College application section can apply by submitting the Honors College application. All information needs to be filled even if the questions are duplicated from the OSU application.

Transfer Students - Students transferring to OSU from another college or university who wish to also apply to the UHC for fall 2014 admission will apply by filling out the Honors College application on the UHC web site.

Current OSU Students – Students who are already enrolled at OSU and wish to apply to the UHC for fall admission will apply by filling out the Honors College application on the UHC web site.

International Students  International students should first identify which type of UHC applicant they are and apply to the UHC by filling out the correct UHC application type.

Minimum Criteria To Be Considered for UHC Admission

First Year Students (entering from high school)

3.75 cumulative un-weighted high school GPA OR

1820 on the SAT OR

27 on the ACT

Transfer Students (transferring to OSU from another college or university) 

3.5 Cumulative transfer GPA

Current OSU Students (already enrolled at OSU)

3.5 Cumulative OSU GPA

Application Deadlines & Notification Dates

First Year Applicants (applying to the UHC directly from high school)       

Early round application submission dates

September 1st - November 1st

Early round UHC admission decision date

December 31st



Primary round application submission dates

November 2nd - February 1st

Primary round UHC admission decision date

March 31st


Transfer Applicants (already enrolled at OSU or transferring from another college or university)

Application submission dates

January 1st - March 15th

UHC admission decision date

April 30th 


UHC Application Checklist

  1. Identify which type of UHC applicant you are and make sure you meet the minimum UHC application criteria before filling out the appropriate application.
  2. Apply to the UHC either as part of the OSU application (first year students) or on the UHC web site (current OSU students and transfer students)
  3. Make sure OSU Admissions receives official transcripts and SAT/ACT test scores (first-year students only)
  4. On the UHC application you will be asked to provide: 
    • A written response to the UHC essay question (450-500 words). Note: Essay questions are updated each year. See below for this year’s essay question.
    • A list of Extracurricular Activities, Leadership Positions, and Awards. (Note: This information is also required on the Scholarship Application portion of your OSU application but we ask that you provide a copy of this information on the UHC section.)
    • 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.

*All admitted students will have the chance to be considered for UHC scholarships. If admitted you may be asked to provide additional information to be used in the scholarship selection process.

UHC Admission Selection Process

Though similar, the selection process for UHC admission is separate and distinct from selections for OSU scholarships. Due to enrollment constraints,UHC selections are extremely competitive. While many applicants will meet the minimum criteria for UHC admission, not everyone will be selected.

Selection criteria for an incoming first-year student is based on cumulative un-weighted high school GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and responses to essay question. The essay response is weighed on an even scale with GPA and test scores, so special consideration should be given to this component of the application. The strength of courses taken in high school and personal or academic attributes that will enrich the Honors community may also be considered.

For college transfers or current OSU students, selection criteria are based upon the applicant's college GPA and their essay response. Personal or academic attributes that will enrich the Honors community are also considered.

2013 Average Accepted UHC Student Statistics

3.96 cumulative un-weighted high school GPA OR

2050 on the SAT OR

31 on the ACT

3.8 cumulative transfer or OSU GPA

2014 UHC Application Essay Questions

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.   


  • There is no fee to apply to the University Honors College.
  • Once admitted students pay a differential tuition fee each term. The differential tuition for the UHC is currently $341 per term.

If you have any questions contact us at or 541-737-6400