Continuing Student Application

The Honors College provides great opportunities for current students at BGSU.  Smaller class sizes in Honors courses, ability to work closely with faculty, and preparing you for life after graduation are a few of the advantages for students in the Honors College.

To be considered for the Honors College all students must submit a complete application.  The application is online for continuing students. The complete application includes GPA, college coursework,  extracurricular experience, and an essay. The Honors College application is only available online for 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.


To be admitted for Fall, students must submit an application by July 15th.  To be admitted for Spring, students must submit an application by December 15th.  

Continuing students must have completed at least one semester at BGSU and have a university cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. BGSU Freshmen are eligible to apply during their Fall semester. A continuing student wishing to join the program must also set up an appointment to meet with an Honors advisor.  Email to set up an appointment.

Applying to the Honors College

You will be able to apply to the Honors College by filling out the form below.  To be admitted for Fall, you need to apply before July 15th.  To be admitted for Spring, you need to apply before December 15th. First-semester student application reviews will begin after December 15th to factor in GPAs. 

Continuing Student Honors Application

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  which will guarantee you admission to the Honors College, but there is also no GPA 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.  We will also have you meet with your Honors Advisor to discuss a plan for you to move forward in your plan and accomplish the requirements of Honors

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

Honors Essay Prompt

Who you “are” (i.e., your social identity) varies—sometimes quite dramatically—based on where you are and with whom you are interacting.  For example, the “you” who dutifully answers questions during your AP English class might not be exactly the same “you” who sings in your church choir, plays forward on your high school basketball team, or takes swing dancing lessons on the weekend.

For your admissions essay to the Honors College at Bowling Green State University, we want you to think about the topic of performing identity in different environments. In particular, we would like you to identify two specific environments with which you engage on a regular basis such as an academic setting, an online environment like Instagram or Snapchat, or a face-to-face social environment.  With these environments in mind, write an essay comparing and contrasting your identity in these two environments.  

As you are thinking about this prompt, here are some things to consider: Who are “you” in these environments?  What kind of identity do you create for yourself?  What aspects, or parts, of “you” do you allow people to see? Conversely, what do people not see about you? Is there something that people don’t see that you wish they did?   Comparing these environments, what is revealed about your core identity?  Suggested length: 300-500 words.

Short Answer Prompt

Grace Llewellyn (American author, educator, and publisher) said, “In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: forget about it. Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it. One day, you will glance up at your collection of Japanese literature, or trip over the solar oven you built, and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.”  What is something you have explored which is academic, but outside of the confines of a classroom?  In other words, how have you independently demonstrated intellectual curiosity?  How did exploring that curiosity change your learning or thinking?  Suggested length: 150 – 200 words.

Making Honors Your Own

In your application, we will ask you to reflect on what courses you plan to take at the Honors level. Before submitting your application, you also have the opportunity to meet with your Honors Advisor to map out how you will take Honors courses.

Here are requirements before graduation.

Students who aspire to graduate with University Honors must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for graduating with Honors:

  • Earn a minimum cumulative University G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher and a minimum 3.4 or higher G.P.A. in all Honors courses presented for graduation with Honors requirement.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete at least 23 graded credit hours of Honors coursework; these 23 hours will include HNRS 2010: Introduction to Critical Thinking, HNRS 2020: Critical Thinking about Great Ideas, BGSU 1910H: Freshman Seminar, HNRS 4980: Honors Project Development, and HNRS 4990: Honors Project. Additionally, students must:
  • Earn a grade of “A” or “B” in each course.
  • Count as part of their 23 graded hours no more than 10 hours from the same general education category.
  • Count as part of their 23 graded hours no more than 10 hours from the Colleges of Education, Business, or Musical Arts.
  • Count as part of their 23 graded hours no more than 6 hours of Honors Independent Study and/or Honors Tutorial.
  • Complete and orally defend an Honors Project and earn a grade of “A” or “B” in both HNRS 4980: Honors Project Development and HNRS 4990: Honors Project.

HNRS 2010 must be taken the first fall you are in the program followed immediately in the spring by HNRS 2020. This is a requirement for all Honors students. It is highly encouraged to take HNRS 2010 before HNRS 2020. At least one Honors course must be taken during your first semester of enrollment in the Honors College. All Honors College students must complete at least fifteen credit hours of Honors course work, including the core curriculum HNRS 2010 and HNRS 2020, by the end of their fourth semester in the Honors College. Please refer to the requirements for Graduation with Honors in order to plan for this. You can see all courses that have been offered in the past here: