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Students

In the Honors College, you’ll gain a competitive edge with limitless leadership, research and academic opportunities. Offered through all majors, an honors’ education provides you with resources to develop your highest achievements within your field of study. And with help from an Honors College adviser, you can carve a pathway towards success.

The Honors College accepts high achieving students with an excellent academic record, including first-year students (high school applicants), transfer students and current Oakland students. They will join a community of students who are exceptional; students who are regularly accepted into the top three graduate schools of their choice.

Incoming Freshman

Admission Information
In order to be accepted to The Honors College (HC), high school seniors must first apply to, and be accepted by, Oakland University. The Honors College accepts students throughout the year.

Students who fall into either category below may be accepted to the Honors College by initially following two different paths.

  1. Qualified students who meet or exceed the minimum requirements:

3.7+ GPA with a 1100+ SAT or 27+ ACT

These students automatically qualify and can register for one of our HC Info Sessions after activating their OU Net ID. Once you have your User ID and password, go to 2018 HC Info Session in the student portal. By clicking on the title first listing, you will see all currently available dates. Register for yourself and up to two guests by clicking on the “Register” button. You should receive a confirmation email (to your Oakland email address), with further information, within 24 hours. All incoming freshmen, including Presidential Scholars, must attend an Honors College Info Session to be fully admitted to the Honors College.

*If you meet the above GPA and SAT/ACT requirements, you are not required to complete The Honors College application for admission.

**Following your Honors College Info Session, students are asked to complete our New Student Information Form.

  1. Interested students who don’t quite meet the minimum requirements, may still apply if they meet the following criteria:

  3.3-3.69 GPA with a 1000-1090 SAT or a 23-26 ACT

Students who fall into this category must complete the application form and, if approved, follow up by attending an HC Admitted Student Session. The Honors College looks for students who display a willingness to pursue academic excellence and leadership opportunities.

Application
Application can be mailed to students upon request or can be obtained from The Honors College office at 210 Oak View Hall.

Send your application through:

  1. Email: hc@oakland.edu
  2. Fax: (248) 370-4479
  3. Mail:
    The Honors College
    Oakland University
    Oak View Hall, Room 210
    509 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4452
Current OU Students and transfer students
Current Students
Current OU students interested in The Honors College are required to have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and attend an on-site informational session.

Students may contact us by calling (248) 370-4450 or emailing hc@oakland.edu to set up an appointment for one of our info sessions.

Transfer Students
Transfer students interested in The Honors College are required to have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.

However, all potential transfer students with a GPA around 3.5 (or above) are welcome to get in contact for an initial discussion (at one of our informational sessions). We also encourage students considering Honors Colleges to come and experience the Honors College here at Oakland, without obligation. 

At some point students who are accepted for admission here to the Honors College will be asked to come and see us for an on site discussion.
 
Transfer students have been incredibly successful in our Honors College; for example, graduating with "thesis with distinction" and even being awarded a prestigious Thesis Award for their senior projects.

Transfer students may contact us by calling (248) 370-4450 or emailing hc@oakland.edu to set up an appointment to attend one of our informational sessions conducted by an HC advisor.
Housing

Oak View Hall is a dedicated Honors College facility on Oakland University’s main campus. Admitted Honors College students, wishing to live in Oak View Hall, can submit a housing application for the 504-bed facility with freshmen expected to reside in the double style rooms while upper class students will have access to the private bedroom suites. Oak View will not be the only housing utilized by the Honors College population, however, as students can also house either off campus or in a number of other housing facilities on campus.

Student Association (HCSA)

HC students are automatically members of The Honors College Student Association (HCSA). HCSA hosts a variety of fun events each year for all Honors College students.

To keep up to date on HCSA events, go to Grizz Orgs and join the HCSA Student Organization. To learn more, contact your current President, Liz Lawer.