Admission to the UHC (University Honors College) is competitive. Students who are eligible to apply must complete the appropriate UHC application.

Applications for fall 2015 admission will be available beginning September 1st

First Year Students – Students applying to the UHC directly from high school for fall 2015 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 and now wish to apply can do so by submitting the first-year Honors College application here on our web site. All information needs to be filled out even if the questions are duplicated from the OSU application.

Transfer Students - Students transferring to Oregon State from another college or university who wish to also apply to the University Honors College for fall 2015 admission can apply by filling out the UHC transfer student application here on the our web site.

Current OSU Students – Students who are already enrolled at Oregon State and wish to apply to the University Honors College for fall 2015 admission can apply by filling out the UHC current student application here on our 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.


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 Oregon State application (first year students) or on the UHC web site (current OSU students and transfer students).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 written description of three extracurricular activities that have had a significant impact on you and/or your community
    • A list of AP, IB, or college credits you are taking or plan to take.
    • Optional: Additional circumstances that should be known to the UHC selection committee but have not been shared in another section of this application
    1. Make sure Oregon State Admissions receives official transcripts and SAT/ACT test scores (first-year students only).
    2. Check your e-mail regularly, we will communicate with you via e-mail when we have question or updates for you.

    *All admitted students will 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 Oregon State 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.

    2014 Average Accepted UHC Student Statistics

    3.94 cumulative un-weighted high school GPA OR

    2031 on the SAT OR

    31 on the ACT

    3.8 cumulative transfer or OSU GPA

    2015 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.

    “Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity—I am my language.”

    Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera:
    The New Mestiza
    , 4th ed.
    (San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute Books, 2012), 81. 

    Question: In the passage above, Gloria Anzaldúa suggests that language and identity are fundamentally connected. Before you begin writing your response, reflect on how your use of language in different contexts is connected to your identity. Choose a phrase from your vocabulary that will allow you to examine that connection, then discuss how that phrase reveals something about 1) your identity and 2) the society or culture in which you live. Responses may focus on ethnic identity and/or other forms of identity.


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

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