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The Honors College (HC) is a small degree-granting college at Oregon State University. There are approximately 1200 students enrolled all working toward an Honors Baccalaureate degree in their academic major. The HC offers the benefits of small classes, a residence hall option, student learning centers and personal advising with the research and involvement opportunities of OSU.
Demand for entrance into the HC is high and competition strong. We evaluate applicants not only on their academic accomplishments, but also on their level of writing, while considering coursework, extra-curricular activities, and contribution to community. The HC welcomes students from diverse academic, cultural and geographic backgrounds.
The Honors College Features:
The Honors College has established two learning outcomes. These outcomes describe the skills that participation in HC courses and activities (including the honors thesis) allows all HC students develop by the time they graduate.
As an HC graduate, you will have developed the ability to engage in pursuits that create new knowledge and contribute to one or more scholarly areas of study. This learning outcome includes the following elements:
As an HC graduate, you will have developed the capacity to fully engage in meaningful dialog, which incorporates cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives. This learning outcome includes the following elements:
The Oregon State University Honors College was established in 1995 by the Oregon State Board of Education. It is publicly funded and governed by the Honors College Council appointed by the OSU Faculty Senate. Two HC students sit on the Council and participate in policy discussions.
Since its beginning, the HC has graduated hundreds of qualified and capable students. People who go through the HC experience a strong sense of community and diversity, as well as opportunities that would not otherwise be available.
The future of the HC is bright. Each year, more students are accepted, and more choose to join. The caliber of students is increasing, and the level of achievement of graduates is growing as the college continues to thrive.