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Developing Whole Leaders for the whole World

Exceptional Opportunities for Students with Extraordinary Intellectual Talents

As a student with exceptional gifts, you'll enjoy exceptional opportunities to hone those talents on the ORU campus. Your course of study is tailored to your specific career and mission goals to provide maximum value. There are different requirements for the Honors Program within each school and department, but the goal is always to enhance your learning opportunities, not to add more work. Right from the start, you will be made aware of the possibilities open to you including pursuit of such renowned scholarships as Rhodes, Fulbright and Truman and in-depth study abroad opportunities.

Honors students also receive:

  • Increased one-on-one exposure to professors often including the opportunity to participate in scholarly research projects
  • Exposure to professional conferences and national events
  • Involvement in inviting visiting speakers to campus
  • Exclusive interdisciplinary Fellows seminars combining two diverse subjects taught by two professors in a richer presentation of material (for example biology and English)
  • More enriching general education courses
  • Greater consideration for prestigious scholarships and study abroad opportunities

ORU's Honors Program is a participating member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.


As an Honors student, you may come to ORU with up to 30 Advanced Placement credits, allowing you to begin college as a sophomore or second semester freshman.

Requirements to become a Fellow:

  • Must be admitted to ORU as an incoming freshmen (transfer students may join the Honors Program as a Scholar as they are not eligible for Fellows consideration).
  • 4.0 GPA or ACT 31 or SAT 1410 minimum
  • Demonstrated service leadership; letters of recommendation
  • Requires application

Requirements to become a Scholar:

  • Must be admitted to ORU as an incoming freshmen or transfer student.
  • 4.0 GPA or ACT 28 or SAT 1310 minimum
  • By invitation only (Consideration based on admissions application)

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