Ohio University

OHIO Honors Program

Introducing OHIO Honors

An experiential approach to honors education

The OHIO Honors Program empowers students to align their personal interests with their academic pursuits and follow their learning wherever it leads. OHIO Honors students take on challenging coursework through small-group seminars or honors projects in traditional classes. They also apply their learning in the real world through internships, partnerships with community organizations, hands-on research, and other co-curricular activities. Designed to complement any major, the program connects students with fellow scholars across the university to explore ideas and issues from a wide range of perspectives.

Find your path, with support along the way

Dedicated advisors work with students to create a unique educational program that draws from a rich menu of course offerings and co-curricular experiences. Three pathways—community engagement; research and creative activity; and leadership—provide structure while also allowing ample room for exploration.

The OHIO Honors Program provides the opportunities, support, and guidance necessary for students to stretch themselves intellectually and apply their knowledge in ways that continue the learning process. Regular interaction across academic disciplines expands their understanding of the world and their capacity to craft creative responses to the challenges they face in the classroom and beyond.

OHIO Honors students receive:

  • Access to honors housing
  • Priority registration
  • Honors advising that complements students’ primary academic advising to help them curate an appropriately challenging academic experience tailored to their interests and goals
  • Honors designation on transcripts and diplomas
  • Support for experiential learning outside the classroom
  • Deep engagement with campus leaders and community partners both locally and globally

Put your honors education to work

Throughout their undergraduate careers, OHIO Honors students learn not only how to apply their knowledge in diverse contexts but also how to articulate what they’ve learned from these experiences. Through reflection and feedback from faculty and OHIO Honors advisors, students will develop the language to explain to potential employers or graduate school admissions officers the impact of their work on the world and their communities.

Students in the OHIO Honors Program also will create a portfolio and capstone project in their final year that documents their cumulative experiences and demonstrates how they have applied what they’ve learned in a meaningful way. These projects provide evidence of the significant practical experience students gain through their co-curricular endeavors and the interdisciplinary engagement they encounter throughout their time in the OHIO Honors Program.

OHIO Honors Program Year by Year


OHIO Honors First-Year Experience

  • Fall semester: Introduction to OHIO Honors or similar class specific to designated program
  • Spring semester: Engagement Lab


Explore the three program pathways: community engagement; research and creative activity; and leadership. Complete two curricular experiences and two co-curricular experiences in any honors pathway and select a pathway concentration at the end of spring semester.


Complete two curricular experiences and two co-curricular experiences in your selected pathway concentration.


OHIO Honors Capstone Experience

  • Prepare a digital portfolio showcasing the skills and knowledge acquired through your honors experiences
  • Share your OHIO Honors portfolio in a public presentation
  • Optionally, complete an honors thesis or capstone project that integrates your academic major and pathway expertise

Application Process

For best consideration, students should apply using the Common Application and be sure to follow the instructions on the OHIO Honors and Scholars section of the Writing Supplement tab. 

Already Applied?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about OHIO Honors. If you've already submitted your application to OHIO and did not complete the writing supplement for OHIO Honors, please visit the How to Apply to OHIO Honors web page for instructions.

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