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Who Can Joing the Honors Program?
Requirements for Incoming Students

Incoming students should apply to the Honors Program if they meet any one of these criteria:
  • ACT score:  25 or higher
  • GPA:  3.4 or higher
  • High school class rank:  top 20%

If you meet all three of these criteria, you will be automatically accepted as an Honors Student with the "H" designation on your student records, entitling you to priority scheduling and all other benefits of the Honors Program.

If you do not meet all three but come close to meeting one or more of these criteria, your application will be reviewed for admission as either an "H" Honors student or as an "I" (Invited) Honors student.  The "I" designation does not appear on your student record or entitle you to priority scheduling, but it gives you full access to all Honors activities, including courses, trips, seminars, and social activities.  (Students and professors are generally not even aware which Honors students are "H" and which are "I"!)

Honors students with the "I"  designation and students not admitted to the Honors Program in their first year can earn the "H" designation after one year of college coursework by meeting the requirements for continuing Honors students.

Application:  The brief online application takes only a few minutes to complete and you can submit it anytime during the year.  Go to lima.osu.edu/students/application and enter HONORS as the "Access Code."  If you hope to join the Honors Program by the beginning of the semester, you must submit the application by July 31 for Autumn semester and by November 30 for Spring semester.

Requirements for Continuing Lima-campus Students and Transfer Students

To remain in the Honors Program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 after the first year and 3.4 after the second.  Honors students are expected to take Honors courses whenever possible (i.e. when such courses satisfy the students' GE and major requirements).  Honors students are also expected to participate in Honors activities whenever possible (i.e., trips, seminars & colloquia, and Buckeye Scholars gatherings).

Transfer students and current OSU Lima students with at least one year of college credit who wish to join the Honors Program can apply online year-round (use the link above).  You too will need a cumulative college GPA of 3.3 (or 3.4 if you have completed two years).

Requirements for Continuing as an Honors Student on Another Campus

When changing campuses, you should consult with your intended college and campus of enrollment for Honors information.  For example, a student moving to the Columbus campus to study Sociology/Criminology should contact the College of Arts and Sciences and a student planning to study Mechanical Engineering in Columbus should contact the College of EngineeringA list of honors directors for each college can be found at http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/honors/academics/college-honors.   (For related information, see the section titled "University Graduation with Distinction" on our "Honors Awards, Scholarships, & Graduation" page.)