The Honors College is a diverse community of about 1,800 students across three campuses, all working toward an Honors Baccalaureate degree in their academic major. The HC offers the benefits of small engaging classes, a collaborative learning community, personal advising and unique access to research opportunities that culminate in the honors thesis. While admission to the Honors College is competitive, the selection process is holistic. We value a broad definition of achievement, which considers not only GPA, but also coursework, extracurricular activities and service to community, and responses to the Honors College essay prompt and short-answer questions. 

To apply, students must complete the appropriate HC application. 

Minimum Requirements for HC Admission

First-Year Students who are entering from high school (applying to the HC at the same time as they apply to Oregon State)

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.

Students transferring to OSU from another college or university (applying to the HC at the same time as they apply to Oregon State)

3.5 Cumulative transfer GPA

Current OSU Students (students who have completed at least one term of classes at Oregon State as an undergraduate student)

3.5 Cumulative Oregon State GPA 


The Honors College is currently allowing applications from students who do not meet one of the HC minimum criteria. If you have been impacted by circumstances that affected your ability to meet the HC GPA or test score minimum but wish to apply, you should complete all sections of the Honors College application and ensure that you have provided relevant information on the additional information/circumstances question of the Oregon State application. All applications will be reviewed holistically and fully considered.  

How to Apply

Students applying to the HC directly from high school apply by filling out the Honors College section of the Oregon State undergraduate application for admission on Oregon State's website or on the Common App.

*Note: First-year applicants who applied to Oregon State without filling out the Honors College application section and now wish to apply can do so by submitting the first-year Honors College application found in the Oregon State Beaver Basecamp Portal (where students log in to check on the status and materials of their Oregon State application after they've submitted it). All information must be filled out, even if the questions also appeared on the Oregon State application.

The deadlines for first-year students to apply to the Honors College are November 1 (early action) and February 1 (regular decision).

If you have missed those deadlines but plan to attend Oregon State, you can apply to the HC after you complete one term at Oregon State University as an undergraduate student. Please see the section for "Current Students" for more information. 

Students transferring to Oregon State from another college or university who wish to apply to the HC should apply by filling out the Honors College section of the Oregon State undergraduate application for admission on Oregon State's website or on the Common App. Transfer students who applied to Oregon State without filling out the Honors College application section and now wish to apply can do so by submitting the Honors College application found in the Oregon State Beaver Basecamp Portal (where students log in to check on the status and materials of their Oregon State application after they've submitted it). All information must be filled out even if the questions also appeared on the Oregon State application.

The deadlines for transfer students to apply to the Honors College match OSU's deadlines for transfer applicants.  If you are a transfer student who did not apply to the Honors College prior to your first term at Oregon State but are interested in the HC, please see the section for "Current Students" to learn more about how you can apply to the HC after your first term at Oregon State

Students who are already attending Oregon State and have completed at least one term of classes at Oregon State University as an undergraduate student can apply to the HC by filling out the Honors College current OSU student application.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the academic year. Applications will be considered for entry terms based on the submission deadlines listed below. 

If you want your first term in the Honors College to be...

Submit an application by...

Summer term Monday of Week 5 of the Winter term prior
Fall term

Monday of Week 2 of the Spring term prior, or August 1*

Winter term Monday of Week 2 of the Fall term prior
Spring term  Monday of Week 2 of the Winter term prior

*Note: Although the final deadline to apply for fall entry term is August 1, if you want to be able to register for honors classes for fall term, you must submit your application by the Monday of Week 2 of the Spring term prior to the fall in which you would join the HC (if admitted). If you submit your application after the Monday of Week 2 of Spring term, your application may not be processed before registration for fall term begins, and fall honors classes may be full at the time you receive your HC admission decision.  

If you are an incoming first-year or transfer student who will be attending Oregon State in an upcoming term and you did not apply to the Honors College before your appropriate deadline, you can fill out this application after you have completed at least one term at Oregon State University as an undergraduate student. 

International students who meet HC application eligibility will be invited to apply to the Honors College when they are offered admission to Oregon State University by the Office of International Admissions. Incoming international students who plan to attend Oregon State and are invited to apply to the Honors College should apply at least 4 weeks prior to their first term at Oregon State to ensure their application can be processed before their first term at Oregon State. The link to the application will be available in the email students receive inviting them to apply to the Honors College. 

International students who do not apply to the Honors College before they attend Oregon State can still apply as a current Oregon State student after they complete one term at Oregon State University as an undergraduate student. See the section titled "Current students" for more information about applying to the HC after you have completed one term at Oregon State. 

Honors College Tuition and Financial Aid

Honors College students are assessed Honors College differential tuition each term. The HC differential tuition enables the Honors College to provide small honors classes, academic advising, co-curricular activities and other core elements of the Honors College student experience. HC differential tuition is currently $520 per term for full-time students (enrolled in 12 or more credits that term) and $260 for part-time students (enrolled in less than 12 credits that 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 based on their enrollment level that term.   

The HC recognizes that the HC Differential Tuition associated with enrollment in the Honors College can present a financial challenge for some students. The Honors College offers a limited number of need-based scholarships, emergency grants and experiential learning awards to students each year to support full engagement with the HC experience. 

Important Information

Though similar, the selection process for HC admission is separate from admission to the university. Due to enrollment constraints, HC selections are competitive. While many applicants meet the minimum criteria for application consideration, not all applicants will be offered admission.

Selection criteria for an incoming first-year student is based on cumulative un-weighted high school GPA and the response to the essay question. SAT or ACT scores (optional), The strength of courses taken in high school, as well as personal or academic attributes that will enrich the Honors community, are also considered.

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

The Honors College is currently allowing applications from students who do not meet one of HC the minimum criteria. If you have been impacted by circumstances that affected your ability to meet the HC GPA or test score minimum but wish to apply, you should complete all sections of the Honors College application and ensure that you have provided relevant information on the additional information/circumstances question of the Oregon State application. All applications will be reviewed holistically and fully considered.  

First-Year Applicants

  • Early Action application submission dates: August 1st - November 1st (11:59 p.m. PST) 

  • Early Action HC admission decision date: December 31st*

* HC admission decisions will be posted in Beaver Basecamp and sent via email no later than December 31st. 


  • Regular Decision application submission dates: November 2nd - February 1st
  • Regular Decision HC admission decision date: March 31st*

* HC admission decisions will be posted in Beaver Basecamp and sent via email intermittently between February 1st and March 31st. 

 

Note: if you are a first-year student planning to attend Oregon State and have missed the deadlines to apply to the Honors College, you can apply to the HC after you complete one term at Oregon State University as an undergraduate student. Please see the section above for "Current Students" for more information. 

 


Transfer Applicants

Applications may be submitted by the deadlines for OSU Transfer Applicants (within your Oregon State application or in Beaver Basecamp after you have applied to Oregon State). Admission decisions are posted in Beaver Basecamp and sent via email on a rolling basis.

 


International Applicants

International students who meet HC application eligibility will be invited to apply to the Honors College when they are offered admission to Oregon State University by the Office of International Admission. Incoming international students who have been invited to apply to the Honors College may submit applications at least 4 weeks prior to your first term at Oregon State. Admission decisions are sent via email. 

 


Current Oregon State Students (students who have completed at least one term of classes at Oregon State University as an undergraduate student)

Applications may be submitted at any time during the academic year. Applications will be considered for entry terms based on the submission deadlines listed below. 

If you want your first term in the Honors College to be...

Submit an application by...

Summer term Monday of Week 5 of the Winter term prior
Fall term

Monday of Week 2 of the Spring term prior, or August 1*

Winter term Monday of Week 2 of the Fall term prior
Spring term  Monday of Week 2 of the Winter term prior

*Note: Although the final deadline to apply for fall entry term is August 1, if you want to be able to register for honors classes for fall term, you must submit your application by the Monday of Week 2 of the Spring term prior to the fall in which you would join the HC (if admitted). If you submit your application after the Monday of Week 2 of Spring term, your application may not be processed before registration for fall term begins, and fall honors classes may be full at the time you receive your HC admission decision.  

If you are an incoming first-year or transfer student who will be attending Oregon State in an upcoming term and you did not apply to the Honors College before your appropriate deadline, you can fill out this application after you have completed at least one term at Oregon State University as an undergraduate student. 

 

HC Essay Prompt for students applying for Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, or Spring 2025 entry terms:

Making connections between multiple subjects or perspectives and then drawing insights from those connections is the basis of interdisciplinary thinking, a central part of the Honors College curriculum.

For your essay, choose an interesting or unique connection: explain the connection, why it interests you, and why it is meaningful or significant. Be creative! You can choose from activities, academic subjects, concepts, natural or human phenomena, etc.

You must clearly and completely address this specific prompt with a 450-500 word essay for your Honors College application to be considered. Keep in mind:

  • Make sure you address the entire prompt.

  • We are looking for evidence of your original thinking and individuality – avoid generalities.

  • Essays should showcase your best writing and attention to detail; they will be evaluated on your demonstrated ability to think deeply and creatively and to write effectively.

  • Please do not write about your accomplishments (academic, athletic, or extracurricular). The HC admissions committee will review all your other application materials and responses.

 

If you have questions about the HC application essay prompt, please contact Honors College Admissions at [email protected] or 541-737-6400