The Ohio State University at Newark

Applying and Maintaining Honors


Click APPLY below to complete your application. Along with questions on honors and awards, you will be asked to answer this essay question.

    • In no more than 400 words, describe what fictional character you most relate to, and why. You may select a character from animation, art, film, literature, television, theater or any other medium.

Priority deadline is April 15. Students will be notified before May 1. Additional applications will be accepted after May 1 on a case-by-case basis.

Students with an ACT score of 27 or above who graduated in the top 15% of their high school class will be the most competitive. Students at Newark who earn a 3.4 cumulative grade point average after a minimum of 15 credit hours of non-remedial college courses also are Honors-eligible. If you meet this criteria, contact Honors Director Virginia Cope and ask for a record review. For details on how to fulfill GE requirements with classes that meet the Honors Contract standards, review the Honors Guides to the GE.


To maintain status in the Honors program, freshmen and sophomores should maintain a 3.4 GPA and aim to complete six honors, honors-embedded or 4000-level courses by the end of the sophomore year (averaging three per year). To graduate with Honors, students in Arts & Sciences (including History, English, and Psychology) as well as in other colleges will need to complete an Honors contract. The contract, designed by the student and advisor, lays out an academically rigorous program of study that earns the student candidacy for graduation “with honors in the Arts and Sciences.” Some students also pursue distinction through completion of an undergraduate thesis, with or without honors status. Because Honors requirements differ among colleges and departments, students should consult early on with departmental Honors advisors in their field.

Those students planning to transition to the Columbus campus should be particularly attentive to the requirements for Honors. Although they cannot seek admission to the Honors program in Columbus until applying for admission on that campus, it will be difficult for students to design an Honors contract unless they have taken Honors-level classes during their freshmen and sophomore years and selected their non-Honors GE courses from the preferred list. If you have questions about the requirements for your area of study, contact the advisor for your major.

In order to ensure that Honors students stay on track while at Newark, they are required to meet each semester with Honors Advisor Jared Stearns and attend two Laurel Collegiate Society meetings each semester.