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The Honors College accepts* high achieving students with an excellent academic record. This includes first-year students (high school applicants), transfer students and current Oakland students.

The Honors College attracts students from all majors, most of whom are recruited through admissions.

Join the honors college and...
  • Aspire to rise!
  • Get involved
  • Become a leader
  • Study abroad
  • Have fun!

* We see every incoming student to assist in supporting you to reach your full potential. Even if you "automatically qualify" for the Honors College, or are a Presidential Scholar, contact us to attend one of our informational sessions. Sometimes this can be accomplished via phone. But we do want to see you so we can give you the very best support!

Contact us via email ( or by phone (248-370-4450) to make an info session appointment.

 Our advisors, Professor Sandi Powell or Sarah Henning can be reached at or 248-370-4583  

Admission Criteria
  • In order to be accepted to The Honors College, 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 one of the categories below may be accepted to the Honors College.
Interested freshmen who meet the minimum requirements:
  • The Honors College encourages students who have a minimum 3.7 GPA and a 27 on the ACT to contact us by email at or phone at (248) 370-4450 to make an appointment to attend an HC informational session.
  • All students must attend an Honors College informational session to be accepted into the Honors College. If you meet the above requirements, you are not required to complete the application for admission.
  • All students joining the Honors College are asked to complete the Student/Parent Contact Form. 
Interested freshmen who do not quite meet the minimum requirements, but may still apply:
  1. Students who score at least a 23 on the ACT with a GPA above or close to a 3.7 may still apply to be accepted
  2. Students who have at least a 3.3 GPA with an ACT score above or close to 27 may still apply to be accepted. 
Students who fall into the above categories must complete the application form below and, if approved, follow up by attending an HC informational session. The Honors College looks for students who display a willingness to pursue academic excellence and leadership opportunities.


The application can be downloaded here. It also can be mailed to students upon request or can be obtained from The Honors College office at 210 Oak View Hall. 

You may email your completed application to or fax it to (248) 370-4479. You may also mail your application to:

The Honors College
Oakland University
210 Oak View Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, Michigan, 48309-4401
OU 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 for one of our info sessions.
Transfer students interested in The Honors College are required to have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
However, all potential transfer students with a GPA around 3.5 (or above) are welcome to get in contact for an initial discussion (at one of our informational sessions). We also encourage students considering Honors Colleges to come and experience the Honors College here at Oakland, without obligation. 
At some point students who are accepted for admission here to the Honors College will be asked to come and see us for an on site discussion.
Transfer students have been incredibly successful in our Honors College; for example, graduating with "thesis with distinction" and even being awarded a prestigious Thesis Award for their senior projects.

Transfer students may contact us by calling (248) 370-4450 or emailing to set up an appointment to attend one of our informational sessions conducted by an HC advisor. 


Student Testimonials
Below are links to our YouTube channel, where you can hear what some of our current students have to say about their Honors College experiences.