What is the difference between the Honors Program and the Scholars Program?
The University Honors Program and the Ohio State Scholars Program are specialized programs for high ability students interested in joining academically stimulating communities within the larger Ohio State community. Both programs are open to students in any of Ohio State’s 175+ majors. The basic differences between the two programs are as follows:
Can I be in both the Honors Program and the Scholars Program?
- Honors is for students who desire to pursue a more rigorous curriculum and have a strong interest in conducting research during their undergraduate career.
- Scholars is for students who desire a small, close-knit community and are passionate about the theme of a specific Scholars program.
You cannot initially enroll in both programs as an incoming freshman. As a freshman applicant, you indicate your interest in being reviewed for membership in the University Honors & Scholars Center programs in the Ohio State University Questions" on the Common Application (commonapp.org). Selection for Honors & Scholars is competitive. If selected, you will only be offered one program. Please note that you can only join the Scholars Program as an incoming freshman. However, currently enrolled Ohio State students (including transfers) can pursue membership in the Honors Program. Therefore, Scholars students who meet Honors Program criteria after being on campus for at least one semester may apply to the Honors Program directly through their college of enrollment.
How much does it cost to go to Ohio State and are there extra fees to be in the Honors Program or the Scholars Programs?
There are no additional fees associated with being in the Honors Program or any of the Scholars Programs. Please click here to learn more about the cost of attending Ohio State.
How do I apply to the Honors Program?
Please click here for information about accessing the Common Application and indicating your interest in being considered for the Honors Program.
When is the deadline for submitting the Common Application for freshman admission to Ohio State?
The early action/priority deadline to submit your Common Application and all required materials (e.g., test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) for autumn semester is November 1, 2013, and the final deadline is February 1, 2014.
Is there a minimum test score or class rank/GPA to be considered for the Honors Program?
There is no minimum set of requirements to be considered for the Honors Program. The profile for the class admitted to the Honors & Scholars Programs for Autumn 2013 is as follows:
When will I know whether I’ve been accepted to one of the programs?
||ACT score range (middle 50%) - 31 to 33|
||Average high school class rank - top 5%|
||ACT score range (middle 50%) - 28 to 30|
||Average high school class rank - top 11%|
Students who are admitted as freshman to the Columbus campus under the early action application deadline of November 1, 2013, will be notified about their admission to the Honors or Scholars Program by mid-January 2014. All others will be notified in early April 2014. Students accepted into the Scholars Programs will be required to complete an additional step. Students will be instructed to complete an online Scholars Program Preference Form where they will be asked to rank their interest in our 16 Scholars Programs. Failure to complete the Scholars Program Preference Form by the indicated date will forfeit your spot in Scholars. Students will be notified of their individual Scholars Program placement by early April 2014.
What are the requirements to stay in the Honors Program?
In order to remain in good standing in the Honors Program, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 (3.5 for some colleges) and complete a challenging curriculum comprised of Honors, 4000-level, and/or graduate level courses as prescribed by your college of enrollment. In addition, to graduate “with Honors” or “with Honors Research Distinction,” you must fulfill all requirements stipulated by your college of enrollment (i.e., additional Honors coursework, Honors thesis, internship/co-op, study abroad experiences, etc.).
How do transfer students pursue membership into the Honors Program?
Students transferring from other institutions should consult with their intended college of enrollment for Honors membership information. Click here for more information.
Do I have to live in an Honors residence hall if I am admitted to the Honors Program?
No, you do not have to live in an Honors-designated residence hall if you are admitted to the program. However, the majority of our incoming Honors freshmen choose to live in an Honors residence hall.
Can I be guaranteed a space in an Honors residence hall?
No, housing assignments are made based upon the date when students submit their residence hall contracts online. Depending upon demand for Honors housing, it is possible for it to reach capacity. Therefore, Honors housing is not guaranteed.
When will I get information about campus housing, selecting my residence hall, and learning who my roommate is?
Housing contracts are sent via email from University Housing based upon when students pay their $100 acceptance fee to Ohio State. Students may receive housing contracts as early as March. The contract asks students to indicate the area of campus in which they would prefer to live. Students can also preference a space in an Honors residence hall or note their interest in living with someone that they already know. Actual housing assignments that specify residence hall, room number, and roommate(s) are sent to students’ Ohio State email address in July.
When will I receive information about orientation?
Orientation information is mailed to students from University Orientation based upon when students pay their $100 acceptance fee to Ohio State. Students begin receiving information packets in early spring that will allow them to schedule orientation dates.
- The status of my freshman application: 614.292.3980
- The OSU Academy Program: 614.292.3930
- Orientation: 614.292.3324
- Housing Contracts/Assignments: 614.292.8266
- Financial Aid: 614.292.0300
- Young Scholars: 614.292.4884
- Morrill Scholars Program (MSP): 614.292.0964