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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

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

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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 for 2021-2022 School Year


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.

Automatically Qualified Students who meet or exceed the minimum requirements:

Admission for fall of 2021 is test optional for those with a *3.7 GPA or Above

Students who automatically qualify will (approximately two weeks after being accepted to OU) receive a second email, welcoming them to The Honors College and containing links to...

"Activate their Net ID"  

  1. Once activated, students should accept their admittance into The Honors College by registering for a mandatory Honors College Information session. To do so, click on this registration LINK and sign in with your Net ID.

  2. Once you are on the event page, scroll down to 2020 HC INFO SESSION and click on the title to see all currently available dates

  3. IGNORE the Restricted button (in the top right corner) and sign up for a session using the Register button (below each event).

  4.    You will receive confirmation and reminder emails, with further details, sent to your OAKLAND EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY

*Students who meet the above GPA requirement, are not required to complete an Honors College application for admission.

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

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

  Those with a 3.30-3.69 GPA are warmly invited to apply. * Occasionally, an applicant may be asked to submit a test score.

*Students who fall into the above category must click here to complete the application form and, if approved, follow up by attending an HC Orientation. (*In order to fill out this form, you must already have been admitted to OU and have activated your OU email). The Honors College looks for students who display a willingness to pursue academic excellence and leadership opportunities.  Applications will be considered on merit, including letters of recommendation, over all spread of grades, and answers to applicant questions.

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 meet with an Honors College Advisor.  A student may set up an advising appointment by calling (248) 370-4450. 

Transfer Students
Transfer students who are interested in The Honors College should fill out our HC Transfer Student Interest Form
*Depending on your GPA and credits earned, you may have to complete an application process for Honors College consideration. 

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.

Frances M. Moceri Scholar House
Junior and senior students of The Honors College, selected to live in the Frances M. Moceri Scholar House as Moceri Scholars, embrace empathy, collaboration, mentorship and vision as significant leadership and success-making qualities, bringing these qualities to their own lives, to the Oakland University community at large and to the world around them. 

Moceri Scholars host notable discussion events on key global, national and local themes, lunches and dinners with hosted guests, project and research explorations, and guest workshops, as well as “Moceri Leadership Events" back on campus. These Moceri leadership events are organized and presented by the Moceri Scholars with the assistance of the staff of The Honors College. The Honors College appoints a yearly Senior Moceri Scholar who acts as Frances M. Moceri Scholar House coordinator and liaison. 

In 1997, John Turturro, the Italian-American actor born in the same year Oakland University was founded, echoed the words of Oakland’s founder, Matilda Wilson, when he declared “the past has to inform the present” in order to support the future.  Indeed the Honors College's Frances M. Moceri Scholar House, and the activities within it and developed out of it, represent the past and contribute decisively to the present. 

Ultimately through the Frances M. Moceri Scholar House we empower mentors, collaborators and leaders who will impact positively and prominently on the future.


** To run for and serve on any of the HC E-boards, students must be in Good Standing in the HC (with a minimum3.5 GPA)

 HCSA (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 Grizz Orgs and join the HCSA Student Organization. To learn more, contact your current President, Samantha Belz

ECHO COGNITIO (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


All students are welcome to become members of Future Leader Dogs at Oakland University. This club selects students to raise puppies on campus for one year. The dogs will then return to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, and train as a guide dog before serving the visually impaired. Club members have the opportunity to help raise a puppy or look after a puppy during certain classes as a “campus buddy.” We also host fundraisers and socials throughout the year to raise awareness about the visually impaired community and the role of a guide dog. For more information, please visit our website on GrizzOrgs, sign up to become a member, and email our Club President with any questions!