The Ohio State University at Lima


Requirements for Incoming Students

Incoming students should apply to the Honors Program if they meet any one of these criteria:

  • ACT score: 26 or higher
  • GPA: 3.4 or higher
  • High school class rank: top 20%

If you meet all three of these criteria, upon applying to the program 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 reapplying and completing one year of college coursework and meeting the GPA 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.

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 Engineering. Contact the Honors Director, Dr. Jackie Augustine, for help locating the appropriate honors director for your college. (For related information, see the section titled “University Graduation with Distinction” on our “Honors Awards, Tuition Awards, and Recognition” page.)

Requirements for Graduating with Honors in the following areas:

College of Arts and Sciences:

Biology Requirements

Fulfill Honors GE requirements:

Honors Contract accepted

Psychology Requirements

3.4 GPA *standard Psychology GPA requirements is 3.3

Fulfill Honors GE requirements:

Option of two course tracks

  • Four Honors Psychology Courses (2000-5000 level)
    • 2220E – Data Analysis
    • 3331E – Abnormal Psychology
    • 3340E – Introduction to Life Span Development Psychology
    • 4543E – Psychology of Gender
  • Three Honors Psychology Courses (2000-5000 level) plus four hours of research over two semesters

Honors Contract accepted

History Requirements

Fulfill the Honors GE requirements

39 credit hours at the 2000 level or above *33 credit hours are required for the major

30 credit hours at the 3000 level or above *21 credit hours are required for the major

History 2800E

Encouraged to take two 4000 level seminars

Honors Contract accepted

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences operates on a point system. To graduate with honors in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences students must accumulate 55 points while also maintaining a 3.4 GPA. To access full details and requirements through the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences click HERE.

College of Social Work

The honors program is available to a small group of outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior academic performance. The basic requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 3.4 GPA for admission; must maintain a 3.4 GPA in all college and university coursework to maintain honors status
  • Complete six honors-level GE courses within the first two years of coursework
  • Enroll and earn credit in the necessary pre-major honors courses in order to be considered for honors status
  • Must complete the program in Columbus: Autumn 3401H and Spring 3402H and 4996H – all courses are one-day a week classes held on the Columbus campus

As an undergraduate honors student in the College of Social Work, you have the opportunity to graduate with Honors Research Distinction

  • The aforementioned requirements still apply
  • Complete three honors research courses and 10 credits of thesis work during the major curriculum
  • Successfully complete a thesis in order to graduate with Honors Research Distinction

For additional details, contact Andréa Severson: (614) 292-7488