Office of Academic Enrichment Honors and Scholars Center

Future Students

The Ohio State University has two separate programs – The University Honors Program and the Ohio State Scholars Program. Both programs are exceptional with different paths, leading to an Ohio State diploma.

Ohio State Honors or Scholars: Which program is right for you?

The programs are structured around our G.O.A.L.S. Honors focuses on an enhanced curricular experience in the classroom and laboratories. Honors students are challenged with a rigorous curriculum. Scholars focuses on a co-curriculum experience outside of the classroom but still academic in nature. Students apply for one of 16 learning communities centered around a particular theme or area of interest.    

Students utilize networks within the Ohio State and greater Columbus communities to develop and practice personal and professional skills. This includes an Honors advisor who helps monitor your Honors requirements, helps figure out who you want to be and helps set you up for success. Each Scholars Program includes a program manager who arranges activities and opportunities around the theme of your program as well as being an excellent resource for you.  

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Students indicate their interest in either the Honors Program or Scholars Program on their Common Application. 
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to Ohio State by the November 1 early action deadline to be considered for Honors or Scholars
  • The final deadline to apply to the Honors Program or Scholars Program is February 1
  • Honors Program and Scholars Program decisions will be made on a rolling basis from January - April, after an applicant is admitted to the university