Ohio University

Honors and Scholars Programs

Ohio University attracts some of the nation's brightest students and most dedicated faculty. High-ability students seeking a challenge in their undergraduate education will find a vibrant academic community and rich opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.

Honors and Scholars at Ohio University

The OHIO Honors Program 

Serving students in all majors as well as those who are undecided, the OHIO Honors Program blends challenging coursework with opportunities for students to apply their education outside the classroom. Students in the program gain interdisciplinary perspective and select one of three pathways to structure their experiences: community engagement; leadership; research/creative activity; and health, medicine, and wellness.

OHIO Honors Program participants also have the opportunity to be considered for a variety of OHIO Honors-designated programs:

Copeland Scholars: A designated OHIO Honors program, Copeland Scholars offers students in the College of Business opportunities to collaborate with other high-achieving students and engage with faculty and business leaders. By working in teams, Copeland Scholars emulate an industry approach to solving real business problems. Curricular and co-curricular experiences recognized by the program also count toward OHIO Honors requirements and lead to transcript designation.

Connavino Honors Program: Teacher education students in the Connavino Honors Program, a designated OHIO Honors program, complete rigorous, inquiry-based courses and participate in a collaborative research project that addresses contemporary issues in education.

Scripps Innovation Scholars: An OHIO Honors-designated program, Scripps Innovation Scholars gives bold, curious problem-solvers in Scripps College of Communication the chance to unleash their innovative spirit and make a positive change on the world.

Cutler Scholars Program: The Cutler Scholars Program, also an OHIO Honors-designated program, is a merit scholarship program for ethically and intellectually engaged students in specific disciplines or from specific geographies. Not only academically motivated, Cutler Scholars are driven to explore how their academic interests could make a positive impact on their communities. 

Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) Programs: Students in the Templeton, Rankin, Urban and Appalachian Scholars Programs receive generous scholarship support and dedicated academic advising from OMSAR staff. They form a collaborative community that enriches their academic experience at OHIO. 


For best consideration for the OHIO Honors Program and all OHIO Honors-designated programs, students should complete the Common App by the Early Action Deadline and follow all instructions on the OHIO Honors and Scholars section of the Writing Supplement tab.

Opportunities for Current Students

Several honors and scholars programs are only available to students who have completed their first semester at OHIO. 

The Margaret Boyd Scholars Program inspires undergraduate women to become engaged, confident and connected leaders at OHIO and beyond. Women are selected as Boyd Scholars in fall semester of their first year.

Voinovich Undergraduate Research Scholars participate in basic and applied research with Voinovich School faculty and staff. These paid scholar positions are awarded on a competitive basis.