The Honors College is a small, intentional community of high achieving students - exceptional scholars who embody academic excellence.  Our small class sizes invite thoughtful, spirited interaction among students who draw strength, focus and inspiration from each other.  We're better individually because of who we are collectively.

Learn more about the Honors College and ways you can engage with this exciting, strong community.  An Honors College degree will prepare you for what lies ahead - internships, graduate programs and a competitive job market.  Join us and together we'll embark on an exciting journey of intellectual discovery.

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Future Students

"The Honors College is a place for BGSU's brightest and best students to thrive.  We strive to create a supportive environment for academic and personal growth, and to prepare students for graduation and for lifelong learning and success"

- Simon Morgan-Russell, Ph.D., Dean

"BGSU is an easy place to become the best version of yourself...I feel like a better person because I have been exposed to different people and experiences.  There is a place for everyone here at BGSU, and if you don't find it you can create it."

- Marjorie Williams '16

Honors College Basics


  • 20% of your courses will be Honors Courses
  • Over 60 Honors courses are offered each semester
  • Honors courses have a limit of 25 students in each class
  • 95% of surveyed honors students felt that most faculty at BGSU were friendly and helpful
  • Courses focus on critical thinking
  • 11 student organizations specific to Honors
  • 78% of surveyed honors students participated in a social club, faternity, or sorority                                 

BGSU Honors Application for Fall 2020 will open on August 1, 2019

Greg Grecco '17

Greg Grecco '17

Greg conducted research with Dr. Jon Sprague, the director of the Ohio Attorney General's Center for the Future of Forensic Science at BGSU, to understand how the chemical changes made to drugs in clandestine labs change how they affect the body.  Their paper was published by American Chemical Society Publications.  Greg and Dr. Sprague are writing their second study for publication.

Erika Nalow '17

Erika Nalow '17

Erika is a double major in guitar performance with a jazz emphasis and jazz studies in alto sax, interned at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, recorded an original song for her Honors Project, was president and founding member of the Music Industry Club and president of the Student Jazz Association.  She is currently attending graduate school earning a Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies.

Neisha Medina '17

Neisha Medina '17

Neisha was a pre-med major and her focus was Biology.  She was able to conduct research under the direction of Dr. Raymond Larsen.  Neisha was involved in many activities during her time at BGSU including the Honors Learning Community, AIMS program, a member of the BGSU TRIO program, and the student recruitment team.  When Neisha reflects back on her time at BGSU, " being in the Honors College has helped me tremendously. The professors encourage critical thinking and a very hands-on approach that I feel is very important for the medical field. We are taught to brainstorm, to find out what things mean, and to look at a variety of different perspectives"