Q: How do I apply to the Oregon State University Honors College (HC)?

A: If you are a first-year applicant, apply by filling out the HC section of the OSU application for admission. If you are a transfer applicant or current OSU student, you can apply here on the HC web site.

Q: I want to attend OSU-Cascades in Bend. Can I still apply to the Honors College?

A: Yes. The Honors College has a cohort of students at the Corvallis campus of Oregon State University and at OSU-Cascades. Students who plan to attend either of those campuses can apply to the Honors College. 

Q: Do I need a letter of recommendation?

A: No, the Honors College does not accept letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process.

Q: Do I have to be a first-year student to apply to the HC?

A: No. The Honors Associate track is specifically designed for students who transfer in to the HC with at least two years left in their undergraduate studies. However, each student enters the HC with a unique timeline to complete all requirements. You can contact us if you have specific questions on completing the HC curriculum as a transfer student.

Q: Am I a first-year applicant, transfer applicant, or current OSU applicant?

A: First-year applicants are generally seniors in high school and come directly from high school to college. Although they may have college credit, they have not attended college after graduating from high school.

Transfer applicants have attended college after graduating from high school.

Current OSU student applicants are currently attending OSU, even if this is their first term.

Q: Do I have to be admitted to OSU before applying to the HC?

A: You need to be admitted to OSU or be in the process of applying.

Q: When can I apply?

A: First-year applicants can apply August 1 through February 1. There are two application deadlines for first-year applicants: November 1 (early action) and February 1 (regular decision).  Transfer applicants can apply each term for admission the following term.

Q: What are the deadlines for applying? When will I find out if I have been accepted?

A: First-year applicants - For early action, applications must be submitted online by midnight on November 1. The HC mails early action decision letters by December 31. For regular decisions, applications must be submitted online by midnight on February 1. The HC mails regular decision letters by March 31.

Transfer and Current OSU applicants - applications are reviewed each term.  The HC e-mails student admission decision notifications typically be week five of the term.

Q: How do I know if you got my application?

A: Applicants will receive an e-mail confirmation shortly after the application is submitted. Make sure you have entered the correct e-mail address on your application; if your confirmation e-mail does not arrive, check your SPAM or Junk filter. Applicants may also contact us to verify receipt of the application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is properly submitted.

Q: What are the criteria to apply to the HC?

A: First-Year students (entering from high school) minimum criteria:

  • 3.75 cumulative unweighted high school GPA (students who don't meet the GPA minimum can qualify with a test score of 1300 SAT or 27 ACT)

Transfer/Current OSU student minimum criteria:

  • Transfer college cumulative 3.50 GPA or

  • OSU cumulative 3.50 GPA

Q: Does the Honors College use the SAT superscore?

A: No, we use the highest SAT score from one sitting.

Q: If I meet the minimum criteria, does that mean I am automatically accepted to the HC?

A: No, meeting the minimum criteria means that your application will be reviewed, but does not guarantee admission.

Q: If admitted, is my decision binding?

A: If you are accepted to the HC, you will be asked to notify the HC of your decision within two weeks.  At that time you can choose to acceptdecline, or postpone your decision. If you postpone your decision, you will have until May 1 to inform the HC of your final decision.

Q: What if I don't meet the minimum criteria to apply?

A: The HC will not review submissions from applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria.

Q: If I'm not admitted for early action, can I apply again by the regular decision deadline?

A: Yes, but we encourage this only for applicants who have new information to present (e.g., updated GPA, test scores, or essay). Applicants who submit the same application will likely receive the same decision.

Q: If I am not admitted to the HC from high school, can I reapply after a year or two at OSU?

A: Yes, you may apply as often as you wish, provided you have approximately two years left of your undergraduate studies.

Q: I am an online student taking courses through OSU's E-campus. Is it possible for me to be in the HC?

A: Unfortunately, the HC is not available to students in distance education.

Q: Does the HC cost more than OSU tuition?

A: Yes, Honors College students are assessed "Honors College Differential Tuition" each term. HC Differential Tuition enables the Honors College to provide small seminar-style classes, academic advising, co-curricular activities and other amenities. HC Differential Tuition is currently $500 per term and will appear on each student's billing account for each fall, winter, and spring term that the student is enrolled at Oregon State.

Q: Does the HC offer any scholarships?

A: Incoming students can apply for HC scholarships through ScholarDollars. The Honors College awards a small number of scholarships to first-year HC students in addition to any other scholarships from the university. While attending the Honors College as a current student, there are additional scholarship opportunities that HC students can apply for during or after their first year of enrollment.