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 above and be an University of Cincinnati undergraduate, baccalaureate student currently enrolled full-time on main campus 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 2019 are ineligible. Lastly, ideal applicants will clearly exemplify an interest in our vision and an idea of how they will utilize the program to pursue their passions or exercise their gifts and talents.  

Application Timeline 

Application Opens: September 21

Applications will be available on this page. Check back starting September 21.

Interest Meetings: October 17 at 4pm in Swift 708; October 25 at 5pm in Swift 708

We will be hosting two interest meetings for all interested students. Current UHP students will present key information and what they enjoy about the program. They'll also answer all of your questions about the program and application process. Location is still to be determined, but if you plan to attend one, please RSVP below and we'll send you a reminder with location information a week in advance. 

You do not need to RSVP to attend a session. Your RSVP will be used to remind you of the application deadline. Attending an interest session is not mandatory for application.

Application Due: November 26

All applications must be completed and resumes submitted by 12pm. 

Final Decision Letters: December 21

Final decisions will be made after fall semester grades are released. Applicants must have a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or above at this time. Decision letters will be emailed to all applicants through UC email accounts. Those who are accepted to the University Honors Program will have instructions to register for Gateway to University Honors for the spring semester. 

Student on a global experience
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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 full-time undergraduate UC student status.

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 admitted students are required to enroll in the one credit hour Gateway to University Honors course (HNRS1010) in spring semester 2018. 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.