Curiosity, Engagement, Initiative—these characteristics embody what we are looking for in applicants to the Clark Honors College. We want you to bring your own ideas and opinions to a conversation, but also listen to others and be willing to change your mind. We want you to ask questions. Lots and lots of questions, so that we can find the answers together. We want you to challenge each other, and yourself, by getting involved both in and out of the classroom.
Each year we receive over 1,600 applications for 250 spots in our freshman class. We want each of our students to be successful, and so our Admissions Review Committee looks for evidence of academic motivation, creativity, and critical thinking in your application.
There are no minimum requirements for admission to the Clark Honors College, however successful applicants generally have a median 3.90 high school GPA and score in the 90+ percentile of test takers.
"The Clark Honors College is one of the best honors colleges in the entire country, and I truly believe it is something that sets UO apart... I thoroughly enjoyed my honors college literature sequence. The small class sizes and quality of teaching makes these courses both enjoyable and thought provoking."
—Will Paustian, Class of 2019
"The UO has provided me with the academic and social environment to be a well-rounded scholar, friend, and leader in my community... While having the opportunity to learn in depth about the sciences and the mechanisms of the human body, I have also enjoyed the small, discussion-based classes offered through the Clark Honors College.”
–Alex Chang, Class of 2017
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my honors history sequences because they were unlike any history class I had ever taken before, particularly in the subject matters, discussions, and teaching styles. I was exposed to brand new concepts and my mind opened to intriguing aspects of history I never considered before."
—Elmira Louie, Class of 2019
Clark Honors College Fall 2015 Incoming Class
received need or merit-based financial aid
received more than one scholarship
in awards across 236 students
received the Summit Scholarship
received awards that cover tuition and fees for all 4 years