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The Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479

The Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479

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In the Honors College, you’ll gain a competitive edge with limitless leadership, research and academic opportunities. Offered through all majors, an honors’ education provides you with resources to develop your highest achievements within your field of study. And with help from an Honors College adviser, you can carve a pathway towards success.

The Honors College accepts high achieving students with an excellent academic record, including first-year students (high school applicants), transfer students and current Oakland students. They will join a community of students who are exceptional; students who are regularly accepted into the top three graduate schools of their choice.

Incoming Freshman

Admission Information for 2019-2020 School Year
In order to be accepted to The Honors College (HC), high school seniors must first apply to, and be accepted by, Oakland University. The Honors College accepts students throughout the year.

Students who fall into either category below may be accepted to the Honors College by initially following two different paths.

Qualified students who meet or exceed the minimum requirements:

3.7+ GPA with a 1200+ SAT or 25+ ACT

Students who automatically qualify will (approximately two weeks after being accepted to OU) receive a second email, welcoming them to The Honors College and containing links to:

  1. Activate their Net ID
  2. Accept their membership into The Honors College
  3. Register for a mandatory Honors College orientation session 

*If you meet the above GPA and SAT/ACT requirements, you are not required to complete The Honors College application for admission.

**Following your Honors College Orientation, students are asked to complete our New Student Information Form.

 Interested students who don’t quite meet the minimum requirements, may still apply if they meet the following criteria:

  3.3 and above GPA with a 1000+ SAT or a 19+ ACT (*Students must be at or above the lowest scores to apply)

*Students who fall into the above category must click here to complete the application form and, if approved, follow up by attending an HC Orientation. (*In order to fill out this form, you must already have been admitted to OU and have activated your OU email). The Honors College looks for students who display a willingness to pursue academic excellence and leadership opportunities.  Applications will be considered on merit, including letters of recommendation, over all spread of grades, and answers to applicant questions.

Current OU Students and transfer students
Current Students
Current OU students interested in The Honors College are required to have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and attend an on-site informational session.

Students may contact us by calling (248) 370-4450 or emailing to set up an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Transfer Students
"Our goal is to create a unique and individualized academic plan for each of our Honors College transfer students, and we would like to discuss that during a one on one appointment."
Students who fall into either category below may be accepted to the Honors College by initially following two different paths.

1. Transfer students who are interested in The Honors College and have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA should  first meet individually with their academic adviser, in their academic unit.

 Please schedule an appointment to meet with him/her before contacting us

• After that meeting, please call (248-370-4450) or email ( The Honors College for an appointment.

*Let our office know  have met with your academic advisor and wish to meet with an Honors College adviser.

  • Additionally, please bring any checklists or plans you may have received from your academic unit so we have a clear picture of your time remaining to complete your degree at OU. That will assist in creating our plan for you!

2. Transfer students with a 3.2-3.49 GPA may still be accepted into The Honors College by filling out the application link. Applications will be considered on merit, including a preponderance of grades in chosen areas of study, recommendations, and answers to applicant questions.

Oak View Hall is a dedicated Honors College facility on Oakland University’s main campus. Admitted Honors College students, wishing to live in Oak View Hall, can submit a housing application for the 504-bed facility with freshmen expected to reside in the double style rooms while upper class students will have access to the private bedroom suites. Oak View will not be the only housing utilized by the Honors College population, however, as students can also house either off campus or in a number of other housing facilities on campus.

Frances M. Moceri Scholar House
Junior and senior students of The Honors College, selected to live in the Frances M. Moceri Scholar House as Moceri Scholars, embrace empathy, collaboration, mentorship and vision as significant leadership and success-making qualities, bringing these qualities to their own lives, to the Oakland University community at large and to the world around them. 

Moceri Scholars host notable discussion events on key global, national and local themes, lunches and dinners with hosted guests, project and research explorations, and guest workshops, as well as “Moceri Leadership Events" back on campus. These Moceri leadership events are organized and presented by the Moceri Scholars with the assistance of the staff of The Honors College. The Honors College appoints a yearly Senior Moceri Scholar who acts as Frances M. Moceri Scholar House coordinator and liaison. 

In 1997, John Turturro, the Italian-American actor born in the same year Oakland University was founded, echoed the words of Oakland’s founder, Matilda Wilson, when he declared “the past has to inform the present” in order to support the future.  Indeed the Honors College's Frances M. Moceri Scholar House, and the activities within it and developed out of it, represent the past and contribute decisively to the present. 

Ultimately through the Frances M. Moceri Scholar House we empower mentors, collaborators and leaders who will impact positively and prominently on the future.
Student Association (HCSA)

HC students are automatically members of The Honors College Student Association (HCSA). HCSA hosts a variety of fun events each year for all Honors College students.

To keep up to date on HCSA events, go to Grizz Orgs and join the HCSA Student Organization. To learn more, contact your current President, Lea Herweyer