Once you’ve been admitted to Ashland University, you can apply for the Honors Program through your Admission Application Portal. There is no application deadline and decisions for admission to the Honors Program are made on a rolling basis. First consideration is given to students who meet these guidelines:

First-Year Students 

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 27 OR SAT score (combined critical reading and math) of 1280
  • Completed application form with essay
  • Interview with Honors Director

Transfer Students

  • Overall university GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Letter of recommendation from college faculty member
  • Completed application form with essay
  • Interview with Honors Director

All incoming students accepted into the Honors Program will be considered for an Honors scholarship of $1,000 to $1,500, on top of any other scholarships awarded. 

The application includes writing an essay of 400-500 words on one of these topics:

  • If you could invite a real person (living or historical) or a fictional character to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could take to identify a solution. 
  • A hallmark of the Ashland University Honors Program is intellectual curiosity.  Describe how you have demonstrated intellectual curiosity in the past – a time that you immersed yourself in a topic and went beyond the requirements of a specific assignment.  What did you learn and what impact did it have on you?
  • Creativity can be expressed in many ways. In lieu of an essay, you may submit a project that demonstrates your creativity in an area such as music, theatre, photography, visual arts, creative writing and literature, mathematics, science, history or dance. Although not required, you may wish to include a brief paragraph providing background information about your project.
List extra-curricular activities including significant leadership experiences during the last two years. For the leadership experiences, describe how your leadership impacted the organization
List all significant involvement in community and other service projects during the last two years
Please list any honors and awards (academic or other)
If accepted to the Honors Program, do you wish to live in Honors housing?