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Honors & Scholars

Established in 1985, the University Honors & Scholars Center at The Ohio State University develops and supports an environment that promotes the intellectual and personal development of high-ability undergraduate students.

Honors

The University Honors program offers highly motivated students an enriched academic experience through the integration of curricular and co-curricular programs. As a first-year Honors student in the College of Engineering, you will have the opportunity to enroll in small, personalized honors courses taught by talented faculty who are recognized scholars in their fields and dedicated to undergraduate teaching.

First year Honors students can choose between enrolling in an individualized Honors course plan or participating in the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors (FEH) program. The FEH program incorporates foundational math, science and engineering coursework taught at an Honors level. Students are clustered into courses to encourage community building and shared learning.

Beyond the first year, Honors students in the College of Engineering. can pursue an  Honors Thesis, which involves completing an undergraduate research project, and/or an Honors Contract, which involves completing enrichment experiences through Honors coursework, investigational studies, and leadership and service. Students will work with an Honors advisor during the first and second years to explore these opportunities.

For more information about the University Honors program, including how to apply, please visit the Honors & Scholars Center.

Note: While admission to the University Honors program is integrated into the freshman application for admission to Ohio State, current OSU students can also join the University Honors program by meeting certain criteria, such as high academic achievement in their courses. Current students can find more information about applying to the Honors program here.

Scholars

The Ohio State Scholars Program at The Ohio State University offers academically motivated students the opportunity to meet and live with other students who share similar interests. Each of the seventeen programs are centered around a particular theme or area of study, with curricular and co-curricular components coordinated to build community.

Because membership to each Scholars program is only open to new first-year students enrolling on Columbus campus in autumn semester, the application to a Scholars program is integrated into the application for admission to tOhio State. Students who are completing the freshman application for admission can apply to any Scholars program, regardless of major.

The College of Engineering currently sponsors two Scholars programs: the Green Engineering Scholars program and the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars program.

Green Engineering Scholars

​​​In the Green Engineering Scholars program, students...

  • Build community with fellow Green Engineering Scholars through clustered residential housing and first-year Engineering courses.
  • Connect with upper-classmen, graduate students, and faculty in engineering to explore enriched curricular academic experiences, such as  undergraduate research or graduate school.
  • Identify their strengths as a leader and understand how to effectively contribute to a team based on their leadership style.
  • Connect with industry professionals in various fields of engineering in which green engineering practices are used.
  • Explore opportunities in which they can apply their knowledge of the environment to service projects within the community.
  • Support younger students (in junior high, high school) interested in engineering by teaching them what it means to be an engineer

Program Coordinator: Elizabeth Riter, riter.7@osu.edu, 614-292-7923

For more information regarding the Green Engineering Scholars program, including how to apply, please visit the Honors & Scholars Center.

Humanitarian Engineering Scholars

​​In the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars program, students...

  • Build community with fellow Humanitarian Engineering Scholars through clustered residential housing and first-year Engineering courses.
  • Look at problems through a humanitarian lens, keeping culture in mind when creating solutions.
  • Create or articulate potential solutions that are identified through participation in opportunities that incorporate community service.
  • Connect course content learned in Fundamentals of Engineering with Humanitarian Engineering initiatives.
  • Provide support and engagement in the area of STEM education to students in the city of Columbus.
  • Identify various academic-related resources provided to them through the College of Engineering and the university as a whole.

Program Coordinator: Rachel Tuttle, tuttle.146@osu.edu, 614-292-7923 

For more information about the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars program, including how to apply, please visit the Honors & Scholars Center.