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Honors & Scholars

The Architecture Scholars Program and the University Honors Program offer exciting opportunities for incoming students. All freshman applicants to Ohio State who intend to major in architecture, landscape architecture, or city and regional planning are highly encouraged to apply for one, or both of these programs.

Students interested in applying to these programs should select HONORS/SCHOLARS on the Common Application to Ohio State University!  Make sure that you rank which program you prefer as your #1 choice and include your writing supplement as prompted on the application! 

Scholars Program

The Architecture Scholars Program provides a community environment and engages students with activities outside the classroom. First-year Architecture Scholars students live together in Drackett Tower on North Campus, ideally located close to Knowlton Hall. In addition to the shared residential community, site visits, seminars and travel opportunities engage students and encourage exploration of the built and natural environments. The program is open to students of any major, a strong candidate for the Architecture Scholars Program is a student who is strongly interested in the program’s theme and desires to investigate the historical, cultural and social significance of the built and natural environment.

The program focuses on growing students’ understanding of the historical, cultural and social significance of the world around them through the lens of design and planning. The program offers local trips and visits as well as day and weekend travel. Recent daytrips have included visits to the celebrated Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, while recent weekend trips have featured destinations such as Chicago, Toronto, and Buffalo. Additionally the program includes social activities, skill-development workshops, service initiatives, and leadership opportunities.

NOTE: The Scholars Programs at The Ohio State University is only available to new, incoming freshmen.

Honors Program

The University Honors Program focuses on academic and research opportunities for Ohio State's students. Honors students are required to enroll in six Honors or upper-level courses within two years of gaining Honors status and maintain a 3.4 GPA throughout their undergraduate studies.

Upperclassmen have the opportunity to graduate with Honors by either participating in research or honors-level extracurricular activities including study abroad, internships, as well as leadership involvement and service to the School.

NOTE: The University Honors Programs at Ohio State is available by application both to incoming freshman and to current Ohio State students who have earned at least a 3.4 GPA from 15 or more credit hours.