Honors Program

The quest for meaning in the OC Honors Program leads us toward the university’s highest mission outcomes as we seek to exceed the goals for Honors study as articulated by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).

The OC Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and hosts 160 students from all five of OC’s colleges. The model fits with any OC major. (We do not require any “contract”-based credits; OC’s program avoids this and all other “just add extra work” models of Honors study).

The OC Honors Program is the “most rigorous” NCHC model: a core-based, cohort-centered program with core seminar classes led by the university’s teaching scholars.

2014 Honors Graduates
2015 Honors First Year Students at Land Run Park- "Staking Your Claim".

Most OC Honors students study abroad in the fall or summer of their sophomore year (European Studies or Asian Studies). All Honors students participate in Symposium each Monday and are eligible for Catalyst Grants for their senior capstone projects.

The 40 exceptional freshmen accepted into the program each year participate in a First Year Adventure. Most choose to live in Honors House at Davisson Hall, a designated Honors first-year residence filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For housing questions, email gina.clay@oc.edu.

We recommend applying for Honors admission before December 15; wait-listing usually begins in December. If you have missed the December date, but still want to apply, contact lisa.carroll@oc.edu.

Steve Green tells Honors students about his Passages exhibit.
Hobby Lobby's Steve Green tells Honors students about his Passages exhibit.

The average ACT/SAT per cohort for OC's Honors Program is above 31/1440. National Merit Scholars, OGE Scholars, and Presidential Leadership programs are available by application. Each year, about 25% of our Honors Program students are National Merit Scholars.

Recent Honors alumni have been accepted into leading graduate schools such as Georgetown University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and professional programs such as the University of Oklahoma School of Law, and executive and professional placements with leading corporations. An Honors Summer Academy provides inspirational learning opportunities for students following their freshman year of high school.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Jim Baird

Dr. Jim Baird, Honors Program Director

Lisa Carroll, Honors Program Managing Director



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Any Questions about the Honors Program? Contact Jim Baird.