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

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.

Do I need a letter of recommendation?

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

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

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.

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

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 enrolled at OSU, even if this is their first term.

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

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

When can I apply?

First-year applicants can apply mid July through February 1. There are two application  deadlines for first-year applicants: November 1 (early round) and February 1 (primary round).  Transfer and current OSU applicants can apply January 1 through March 15. There is only one deadline (March 15) for transfer and current OSU students.

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

First-year applicants - For the early round, applications must be submitted online by midnight on November 1. The HC mails early round decision letters by December 31. 

For the primary round, applications must be submitted online by midnight on February 1. The HC mails primary round decision letters by March 31.

Transfer and Current OSU applicants - applications must be submitted by midnight on March 15.  The HC e-mails transfer and current round decision notifications by April 30.

Will you accept my application if it is turned in late?

No, the HC strictly adheres to its deadlines.

How do I know if you got my application?

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 filter. Applicants may also contact us to verify receipt of the application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is properly submitted.

What are the criteria to apply to the HC?

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

  • 3.75 cumulative un-weighted high school GPA or
  • 1300 on the new SAT or
  • 27 on the ACT

Transfer/Current OSU student minimum criteria:

  • Transfer college cumulative 3.50 GPA or
  • OSU cumulative 3.50 GPA

Does the Honors College use the SAT superscore?

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

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

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

If admitted, is my decision binding?

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.

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

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

If I'm not admitted in the early round, can I apply again for the primary round?

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.

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

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

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

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

Who teaches HC classes?

HC classes are taught by OSU faculty, not Teaching Assistants.

Does the HC cost more than OSU tuition?

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.  The HC recognizes that the HC Differential Tuition associated with enrollment in the Honors College can present a financial challenge for some students. Honors students who are unable to pay the differential tuition in a specific term can apply for a HC Differential Tuition Grant.

Does the HC offer any scholarships?

Yes! There are a limited number of scholarships available to entering HC students, and some exciting and attractive scholarship, fellowship, internship, and degree program opportunities available to enrolled HC students.