Prospective Student FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. If I don't meet the eligibility requirements as an incoming student, can I join honors later?
2. Is it more expensive to be in the Honors College?
3. Are honors courses harder than other college courses?
4. If I decide not to continue with honors, will I be penalized?
5. Am I required to live in honors housing?
6. How does enrollment work?
7. Will honors negatively impact my GPA?


Q. If I don't meet the eligibility requirements as an incoming student, can I join honors later?

A. Yes, absolutely. We encourage high school students who are a little shy of meeting our requirements to apply anyway. Many students will be extended the opportunity to complete a petition for admission into the Honors College.

Current OSU students or transfer students can join at any point during their academic career so long as they meet the GPA requirement. However, the later a student begins honors the more difficult it may be to attain the various awards the Honors College offers.

Some transfer students may be able to transfer honors credit earned at their previous institution. Contact us for more information.


Q. Is it more expensive to be in the Honors College?

A. Not at all. Tuition rates at OSU are the same for all undergraduate students and there are no additional fees associated with participation in the Honors College. Additionally, there are actually scholarships available exclusively to members of the Honors College.


Q. Are honors courses harder than other college courses?

A. Honors courses are not designed to be any more difficult or time-consuming than their non-honors counterparts. They are taught by OSU's top teaching faculty who commonly use unique and innovative approaches to course material. The smaller class sizes also allow faculty to employ different strategies for monitoring student learning. The classes tend to be more discussion-based than their larger counterparts who, out of necessity, more often use passive learning in the classroom.

There are also special honors course evaluations which equip students with the information needed to determine whether the material, workload, teaching style, etc. is suitable to them.


Q. If I decide not to continue with honors, will I be penalized?

A. No. Students can become inactive and choose to become active again later if they wish. All honors courses completed will be designated on the student's transcript. It's important to note though that the special honors perks are reserved for active honors students and inactivity will make it more difficult to complete the various awards offered by the Honors College.

Students desiring to not continue with honors simply need to tell their advisor.


Q. Am I required to live in honors housing?

A. Honors students are not required to live in honors housing although a great many of them choose to do so. We reach capacity rather quickly after the housing application opens but spots will periodically become available. Our living residences, Stout Hall and West Bennett, are quite active with optional student programming. To learn more about honors housing, click here


Q. How does enrollment work?

A. Honors students will meet with their major academic advisor prior to meeting with their honors academic advisor. The major advisor will ensure that students are steadily progressing toward degree completion by recommending a number of suitable courses. It is the responsibility of the honors advisor to inform students how to make honors courses fit with the academic schedule recommended by their major advisor. This way, students can complete both their degree requirements and the requirements for various honors awards in a timely fashion.


Q. Will honors negatively impact my GPA?

A. For the vast majority of students, no. Research on this topic has indicated that honors students and non-honors students of similar ability report near equivalent GPAs. Additionally, honors students have been shown to perform equally as well in their honors courses as their non-honors courses.

You can find the referenced study here.