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Student Prospects and Parent Information

In the Honors College you’ll gain a competitive edge with limitless leadership, research and academic opportunities. Enhancing every major at Oakland University, an honors’ education provides you with additional resources to develop and enhance your highest achievements within your field of study.  Additionally, with the help from a Honors College Counselor, you can carve a wider pathway that will afford you many more opportunities along the way.

The Honors College accepts high achieving students with an excellent academic record.  Whether you are matriculating from high school or transferring from another college, you will join a community of students who are exceptional and who are regularly accepted into the top three graduate schools of their choice.


Select from the following tabs for more information:

The Honors College
Admission Information

2024-2025 Academic Year

Once you have been admitted and your NETID and Oakland email has been setup,
ALL communication will be made via your Oakland email address.
Please check your inbox often.

Automatically Qualified Students 

Students who meet or exceed the minimum 3.7 GPA requirement must accept their invitation to join The Honors College.  Approximately two weeks after being accepted to OU, an email will be sent with a link to sign up for a mandatory, virtual, HC Information Session.  Make sure to check your Oakland email often.

Other Interested Students

High school students with a 3.3 - 3.69 GPA will receive an email (after OU acceptance)  with instructions for applying to The Honors College along with additional steps to follow.
Transfer Students with a 3.2 college GPA and above will receive an email link (after OU acceptance) to an Interest Form that will explain your next steps towards the opportunity to meet individually with an Honors College Counselor.

Apply to Oakland University 

Apply to The Honors College 

Information Session Registration

All students are required to accept their seat into The Honors College by registering for a mandatory "HC Information Session".  Prospective students must already be admitted to Oakland University, accepted into The Honors College and have already created a NetID and password otherwise, you will be unable to register.  

Once you are on the event page, scroll down to

     a)  "2024 HC VIRTUAL INFO SESSION A" (ignore the "Restricted" button) and click on the title to see all currently available dates.
     b)  Ignore the Restricted Button, select the "Register" button (below the date and time of the event you want to register for).  
     c)  You will receive a confirmation email.
     d)   On the day of the Information Session, you will receive the link for the virtual session (sent to your Oakland email). 

Registration: HC Information Session.  


Oak View Housing for
Coded Honors College Students

Oak View Hall is reserved for Honors College students.  Students who have already completed The Honors College Information Session, and wish to live in Oak View Hall have the opportunity to request it on the housing application.  Please note that you will not be granted Oak View residency until you have been coded as an Honors College Student.  Coding is managed by The Honors College and is updated after a student successfully completes The Honors College Information Session process. 

Eligible Honors College students can apply for a $1,000 Moceri scholarship to be used for housing.  Please reference the "Exclusive Honors College Scholarships" main tab (in the panel on the left side of this page) for more information.


University Housing handles building and room assignments and relies on database information (coding) to determine whether or not a student is eligible to live in Oak View Hall.   Please contact University Housing for additional inquiries.  https://www.oakland.edu/housing/

HC Freshmen reside in the double style rooms in Oak View Hall while upper class students will have access to the private bedroom suites.   

Honors College Student Benefits

Honors College students are also afforded many opportunities to go above and beyond to reach their maximum potential and to become leaders in society.  The information below is not all inclusive and is in addition to the many other honors college benefits such as: priority housing, priority registration, both academic and career counseling, workshops, special events. symposiums and much, much more.

Additionally, The Honors College has an open door policy where we welcome our students to come and hang out in our HC student lounge which offers a typical "family room" experience.


Become a part of The Honors College team.

  • Student Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Honors College Ambassador
  • Dean's Student Fellow
  • Graduate Assistant


  • Masters in Counseling Internships
  • Honors College Internship Program
  • Applebaum Internship Program

Research Funding

  • Thesis Grants for HC3900 students (application process)

Scholarships exclusive to Honors College Students 

  • Pescovitz "Top Up" Scholarship for Presidential Scholars (Incoming Freshman, Platinum level)
  • Walt and Donna Young Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship
  • Moceri Housing Scholarship
  • Barry M Klein Endowed Scholarship (Current HC Student)
  • Barry M Klein Endowed Scholarship (Incoming Freshman)
  • Barry S Winkler Scholarship
  • David & Marion Handleman Academic Achievers and Leaders HC Endowed Scholarship (Incoming HC Freshman)
  • David and Marion Handleman Academic Promise HC Endowed Scholarship
  • J. Alford Hones Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Current HC Students)
  • A. Alford Jones Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Incoming Freshman)
  • Miron and Haija Stano Scholarship
  • OU Honors College Freshman Housing Award
  • OU Honors College Housing and Engagement Scholarship
  • OU Honors College Merit Award
  • OU Honors College Scholarship

Search OU Scholarships

Advising for Prestigious and Distinguished (Graduate level) Scholarships like those listed below.  Contact Dr. Susan Lynne Beckwith for additional information: [email protected]

Annual Honors College Awards

  • Spirit of Discovery (open to HC1000 students /fall semester)
  • Big Ideas Oakland (open to HC1000 students /fall semester)
  • Inspiration Award
  • Annual Humanitarian Award

Exclusive Honors College Graduation Awards

  • Honors College Medallion
  • Presidential Scholar Medallion
  • Thesis with Distinction Certificate
  • Thesis with Distinction in a Field of Study Certificate and Graduation Sash
  • Grade Point Average Distinction Award
  • Honors College Contribution Award
  • Humanitarian Award



Is it Fact or is it Fiction?  


  • HC students entering with AP, IB or Dual Enrollment credits may discuss
    applying those credits toward their HC plan with an Honors College Adviser
  • HC 1000 "Making Discoveries" course is required during the fall semester of your freshman year and, is approved to fulfill either the 'Arts' or 'Western Civilization' General Education requirement along with a 'U.S. Diversity' requirement.
  • Honors College Core is fulfilled by completing two HC classes (taken in place of two
    OU General Education courses).
  • HC class options provide smaller class sizes, unique topics, and new perspectives.
  • HC Involvement is fulfilled through 10 hours of any involvement outside of
    the classroom (volunteer, work, student org., etc.) each year + attendance at
    one Honors College event per year.  
  • The Honors College Language requirement may be fulfilled through a variety
    of options, including a personalized combination of coursework, fluency,
    placement scores, and/or Study Abroad


  • Being in The Honors College means taking an extra semester or year at OU.
  • Courses in The Honors College are more difficult than other classes (they are neither faster paced or cover extra content than other courses offered at OU).
  • Honors College classes are extra classes (in addition to the General Education requirements required to graduate from OU).  
  • The HC Involvement component is rigid and too much work.
  • Foreign language courses add an extra year to HC students' time in college.


Join one of our Student

Alpha Alpha Alpha
The Honors College is pleased to announce the formation of a new honor society, Alpha Alpha
Alpha (or Tri-Alpha), which recognizes the academic achievements of first-generation college
students.  More information will be forthcoming in the Fall 2024 semester.


Alpha Lambda Delta
ALD provides a community of scholars, a platform to develop your leadership skills, and financial support through scholarships and educational partners.  ALD has been guiding students to academic and career since 1939. More information can be found at GrizzOrgs.


Future Leader Dogs at Oakland University
All students are welcome to become members of Future Leader Dogs at Oakland University.  This club, along with Leader Dog for the Blind work together to select student puppy raisers for a ten-twelve month period.  The puppy will then return to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, and continue to be trained by professional handlers before serving the visually impaired.  Club members have the opportunity to help raise a puppy or become a "Campus Buddy" (sitter).  Campus Buddies look after a raiser's puppy during certain classes or other times as needed.  The org also host fundraisers and socials throughout the year to raise awareness about the visually impaired community and the importance of Leader Dogs for the Blind.  For more information, please visit our GrizzOrgs.
Future Leader Dogs at Oakland
 Oakland University News


 Honors College Student Association 
All 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 GrizzOrgs  or to learn more, contact [email protected]

Honors College Critical & Creative Society
The Honors College Critical and Creative Society  publishes OU student work in their journal, Echo Cognitio. They accept almost any form of written media including: poetry, short stories, screenplays, and research papers. And for those who don’t enjoy the thrill of writing, they also accept photography and other pieces of graphic art.  Please email your submission(s) and/or your questions to [email protected] 

Honors College Internship Program

Information coming soon.

Honors College Internship Application



Applebaum Internship Program

With the support of the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Family Foundation, The Honors College at Oakland University launched the Applebaum Student Internship Program in March 2021.  This internship, provides students with an opportunity to spend a year working closely with Honors College Facilitators and community organizations in the city of Pontiac to solve problems and build meaningful and sustainable solutions that impact the residents and students.  

Applications are reviewed and interviews begin during winter semester.  Internship begins January 1st and ends December 31st. 

More information coming soon.


The Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479