Incoming Student Honors Application

Honors Application for High School Seniors

To be considered for the Honors College all students must submit a complete application.  The application is online and will be available starting September 1 for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The complete application includes information about your academic work, interests and activities, and includes 2 short answer questions and 1 essay question.

Apply to the Honors College by DECEMBER 6TH to be eligible for Full In State Tuiition 

Apply to the Honors College by JANUARY 15TH to be eligible for the Honors Experience Study Abroad Scholarship.

An incoming freshman is a graduating high school senior attending BGSU in the Fall.  There are separate applications for current BGSU students and Transfer students.

Because each application is reviewed holistically, Honors admissions decisions can take up to 8 weeks.  You will receive notification about your decision in the mail.

All other questions about the application can be directed to

Timeline for Applying to the Honors College

Honors Application

Honors Application Details

Below are the prompts for the Honors College application.  We also have tips for scholarships, essays, and applications.

Applying to the Honors College

Application opens on September 1st. If you are already a student at BGSU, you can apply to the Honors College as a current student.

Applying to the Honors College can be done in 2 ways:

Honors Application

  1. You will need your BGSU application username (email address) and password to access the application.  Note: this is for your BGSU application, NOT your MyBGSU username and password.
  2. If you applied through the Common Application, you should receive an email with login instructions to create your username and password.

Access the Honors Application through your BGSU Application Status Page

Please enter the BGSU application username (email used for BGSU application) and password you used to apply online. If you do not have a username or password, please contact the Office of Admissions. If you applied online, but forgot your username or password, we can help you reset your password.

Did you apply to BGSU through the Common Application?

If you applied to BGSU through the common application, you should check your email to be able to set up your BGSU application status page.  This email will come 1 day after you apply through the Common Application, so you will not be able to apply immediately to the Honors College after submitting your Common Application.  The email should be titled BGSU has received your Common Application!.

This email will contain information about how to set up a password and also how to access the BGSU Honors College application.

You will be able to save your application, and edit it until it is submitted.  If you have questions about the Honors application, please contact or call 419-372-8504.

What are we looking for in an applicant?

Reviewers are looking to get to know you as an application.  An ideal honors student will show us their curiosity, passion, motivation, and drive.  We look not only for your past accomplishments, but your future potential when joining the Honors College.  Outstanding applicants to the Honors College are curious, take risks, display self-motivation and reflection throughout their application.  We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, so there is no GPA and test score which will guarantee you admission to the Honors College, but there is also no GPA and test score which will count you out.

Accepted students typically have:

  1. A strong academic record.
  2. Thoughtful essays.
  3. Exemplify critical thinking and creativity throughout their application.
  4. Demonstrate interests and passions through activities, community engagement, work, etc.
  5. Show a commitment to diverse ideas and people.

Each student is evaluated individually, and we consider many factors when deciding if a student could be successful in Honors.

Remember, “[t]his above all – to thine own self be true” (Hamlet 1.3.78).

The Honors College application is only available online for incoming students. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the Honors College at 419-372-8504 and we can send you a paper application.