High School Students

UC Students in-front of Bearcat statue

To be considered for invitation to the University Honors Program, prospective students who apply to a baccalaureate degree at UC through the Common Application must indicate they would like their admissions materials to be reviewed. Students can not change the response for consideration once the application is submitted.  The University Honors Program uses only the materials submitted through application; UHP does not have a separate application or require additional materials for consideration. UHP conducts a test-optional admissions review process. Lastly, the application must be complete by the December 1 priority deadline.

Admission is very competitive; UHP aims to enroll around 275 new students each fall semester. Students invited to participate typically have:

  • an unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 or higher or a weighted high school GPA of 3.8 or higher 
  • Outstanding personal statement and essays in the UC application for admission that demonstrate particular skill in personal reflection
  • Strong combination of co-curricular activities, unique experiences, awards and achievements, dedicated work history, or significant impact in their communities

Meeting the above academic parameters does not guarantee admission. Admission invitations are very selective and based on a holistic review of the entire application. Generally, less than 4% of applicants to UC are invited to University Honors for their first semester.

The UHP values students who have excelled academically while also demonstrating leadership capacities, a willingness to take on challenges, and an interest in becoming engaged in local and global communities. We are looking for reflective learners with a demonstrated history of making an impact and being inspired to help solve the world's complex problems.

Notifications and Other Info

Students who are applying for Fall 2024 admission to the University Honors Program will be notified after the UC Early Action Decision Day. Most students will receive their decisions between late January and mid-February. 


First-years students who have been admitted to University Honors have the option to choose honors-reserved floors in some of the highest-demand locations on campus: Turner, Marian Spencer, and Scioto Halls. In order to be considered for a honors-reserved floor, you must indicate a preference to live in one of those halls. For roommate pairs, both students need to be admitted to the University Honors Program in order to be placed in an honors-reserved floor. For more details, learn more about the University Honors housing benefits and process.

Not Invited?

We know that there are many high-achieving, highly-motivated students at UC who are not admitted in the program. Due to limited capacity, we are not able to invite all high-achieving students to the program for their first semester. Those who are not invited to join the program as incoming students are encouraged to apply to participate in the program through our transition admission process.

While the UHP does not offer tuition-based scholarships or financial aid, we are often asked by students when they will receive notification of their UC financial aid package and scholarship awards. Typically, admitted students receive this notification in mid-March. If you have questions about financial aid or scholarships, please contact UC's Office of Student Financial Aid.

Questions About Admissions

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100 or admissions@uc.edu.