Admission to University Honors: Current UC Students

Apply for University Honors

Are you a UC undergraduate student motivated to excel both in and out of the classroom? Are you looking to use your gifts and talents to explore your passions and make a difference on campus, in your local communities, or around the world? Do you want to be part of an innovative and inclusive community of driven student leaders with unique access to inspiring faculty and staff? 

If you've answered yes to any of those questions, then the University Honors Program is the place for you. We offer a number of unique benefits and exclusive opportunities to enable students to maximize on their undergraduate experiences. By graduation, we help students become global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts to solving the world's complex problems.   

Applicants must have a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of fall semester. First year students without a GPA are eligible, because decisions won't be made until fall semester grades are finalized. Applicants must also be an University of Cincinnati undergraduate, baccalaureate student in order to be considered. All successful applicants will be required to complete five experiences by graduation.

While some opportunities in college prior to acceptance may count retroactively toward those five required experiences, at least one experience must be completed after conclusion of the Gateway to University Honors course. As a result, most students will apply during their first or second year, and students graduating in Spring 2020 or sooner will be ineligible. 

Application Timeline 

Application Opens: September 2019

The next application period is Fall 2019. If you are interested in receiving updates on our application process, let us know by sending an email to

Interest Meetings: 

We host interest meetings every fall. These allow interested students to learn more about us and our students. These will be scheduled early Fall 2019.

Application Due: 

When the application reopens, the due date is anticipated for late Fall 2019. 

Final Decision Letters: December 21

Decision letters for the Fall 2018 process were sent on December 21. Decisions for the Fall 2019 process will be sent late December 2019.

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Application Process Details

The transition application process is for current UC undergraduate students. Students who are transferring to UC from another university and are interested in applying to the UHP should apply through the transfer process.  

By completing the online application, you are authorizing UHP staff to review your UC academic record. This review will be to affirm that you meet the 3.2 GPA requirement and undergraduate, baccalaureate-seeking UC student. First-year students are eligible to apply as final decisions won't be made until the conclusion of fall semester when grades are finalized. 

The application will require that you submit an updated resume. We suggest that you list any campus or community engagements. High school experiences are still valuable, especially for first-year students. Consider leadership, individual and team activities, competitive events, study abroad, activism or other extracurricular activities in addition to any work history. Knowing what you have engaged in so far in your UC experience is very important to our selection process.

Application Review

All applications will be reviewed in November and December. Final considerations will be made after all fall semester grades are posted on Wednesday, December 19. Applicants will be informed of their status by Friday, December 21.

Gateway to University Honors Class

All new students admitted in Spring 2019 are required to enroll in the one credit hour Gateway to University Honors course (HNRS1010). At this time, we will offer three sections- you must be able to enroll in one of these class sections:  

  • Section 001 - Monday, 9:05-10:00am
  • Section 002 - Tuesday, 3:35-4:30pm
  • Section 003 - Wednesday, 3:35-4:30pm 

All sections will begin meeting the first week of the spring semester. Because winter season days will begin on December 22 through January 1, students will need to register online for HNRS1010 once they have been admitted to the program.

All students must take HNRS1010 in the spring. Students with academic conflicts, co-op, or study abroad who can demonstrate unavoidable conflicts that are requirements of their academic plans may be permitted to take an online version of the course. Space is limited to only students who demonstrate these conflicts. Student organizations, volunteer opportunities, commutes and work schedules are typically not acceptable reasons.  

Gateway to University Honors (HNRS1010) does NOT carry a fee.  If the student is taking the maximum number of credit hours (18) as a full-time student, s/he can still enroll in the class without being charged additional tuition fees.  Students must receive authorization from their college academic advisor to register for the 19th credit hour.

Consider Participating in an Honors Seminar

UC undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than a 3.2 are eligible to enroll in honors seminars if space is available in the class. Students should contact University Honors for permission to enroll. If the seminar has a study abroad component, students must complete the required application and interview to be considered. 


Contact us at or 513-556-6254.