How to Apply

Applicants to Clark Honors College will complete a single application to apply to both the honors college and the University of Oregon at the same time, either through the UO's online application or through the Common Application.

If you applied to UO (but not CHC) during the early admissions cycle, you can still apply to the CHC during the regular admissions cycle by completing the supplemental CHC application form.

Application Deadlines:

  • Early Action
    • Application due November 1st
    • Supporting Documents due November 7th
    • Admit Decision Letters mailed by December 15th
  • Regular Notification
    • Application due January 15th
    • Supporting Documents due February 1st
    • Admit Decision Letters mailed by April 1st

If you have questions, please e-mail or call 541-346-7600 Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Application Checklist

All items listed are required. Incomplete applications are not considered for admission.

  • Application: 
    • Applicants using the UO online application need to check “yes” to the honors question in the “Honors College” section. Applicants will then be able to complete additional required elements described on that page.
    • If using the Common Application, click on the “Questions” tab in the University of Oregon section of the application to view the list. Complete each section including the “Honors College” section at the bottom. After clicking “yes,” you will be able to enter your honors college essay and can identify the two teachers who will submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Official high school and college transcripts (if applicable): Official transcripts will be shared between the University of Oregon and the Clark Honors College; additional copies are not required.
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): Official test scores will be shared between the University of Oregon and the Clark Honors College; additional copies are not required.
  • Description of accomplishments
  • Special circumstances: Advise us of any special circumstances that affected your academic performance. We encourage you to provide details of any serious illness, diagnosed disability, personal difficulties, or family circumstances that have affected your education.
  • Clark Honors College admission essay
  • Recommendations from two academic teachers

There are additional or modified requirements for transfer students and international students. Please explore those pages for complete information.

Description of Accomplishments

Share three significant activities you were involved with during high school. This could be extracurricular activities, special accomplishments, a job you held, or contributions you've made to your family or community. Provide an activity description for each, and discuss your specific role or participation.


250 words minimum, 650 words maximum

Think ahead on this one. The formal essay is an important component of your application to the Clark Honors College.

Applicants using the Common Application:

  • Write one essay using one of the Common Application prompts. This will be the essay that is submitted to any college to which you apply using the Common Application service.
  • Write an additional essay using one of the honors college prompts. When you answer “yes” to the honors question, the honors essay prompts will appear immediately below the honors question on your screen.

Applicants using the UO application:

  • Write one essay in response to one of the honors college essay prompts, and submit that one essay to both the University of Oregon and the honors college.
  • Alternatively, you may choose to write two essays:
    • Respond to one of the UO’s essay prompts and submit in the UO section of the online application.
    • And, respond to one of the honors college essay prompts and submit in the honors college section of the online application. You cannot use an essay written to the general university standard for your Clark Honors College application.

Essay Topics (choose one):

Please reflect on one of the three topics listed below. Present your thoughts in a clear, well-organized essay that demonstrates your critical thinking skills. The committee is looking for a coherent, energetic essay supported by specific evidence.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald said that "the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." What does it mean to live and think in a state of irresolution?
  • Doctors, lawyers, journalists, artists, and scientists are among many who rely upon evidence to do their work. What is evidence, and how do you recognize it?
  • Werner Heisenberg, renowned physicist, said: “There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.” Is Heisenberg right?

Teacher Recommendations

Ask two of your amazing, wonderful, awesome, and supportive high school teachers to write a recommendation for you. You will need to identify those teachers before completing the application. Make sure the teachers’ names that are written on the forms match the teachers’ recommendations being sent.

Recommendations should come from:

  • Two academic teachers in different subject areas – e.g., English and science, or math and history
    • Recommendations from leadership or music teachers must address academics
    • Recommendations from counselors, principals, or coaches will only be accepted if they were at one time your academic teacher
  • One teacher who can discuss your writing skills
  • Teachers who have taught you in grades 10 through 12
  • Teachers who have awarded you a grade that appears on your transcript

The process for submitting teacher recommendations is different depending on which application is used to apply for admission.

Applicants using the Common Application:

  • Your teachers should complete the teacher recommendation form sent to them by the Common Application.
    • Include your teachers’ names in the boxes provided after the essay.
    • In the “Recommenders and FERPA” section on the University of Oregon tab in My Colleges, invite your teachers using the “Invite Teacher” link.
    • Be sure that your teachers are aware that the Common Application will send them a request for a recommendation
    • Make sure you return to the Common Application to check that your teacher recommendations have been submitted and received. It is your responsibility to monitor the submission of teacher recommendations, and see that they are received on time. You will not receive notifications from the Common Application.

Applicants using the UO application:

  • Your teachers should complete the honors college recommendation form and submit a physical copy via mail with their letter of recommendation.
  • Note: If your high school uses Naviance or another electronic submission system, these documents must be submitted to the University of Oregon. It is your responsibility to monitor the submission of teacher recommendations, and see that they are received on time.

 All supporting documents, including teacher recommendation forms must be received by:

  • Early Action—November 7th
  • Regular Notification—February 1st*

* Clark Honors College deadline is different than University of Oregon deadline

Application Timeline

Taking a Gap Year

A Gap Year is the year after high school, but before college, that you may choose to take in order to refresh, reset, or redirect yourself in a positive way before transitioning into university study. During a Gap Year you might:

  • Travel
  • Participate in an Internship
  • Volunteer
  • Receive Specialized Training
  • Conduct Research

If you are considering taking a Gap Year, then you should apply to the University of Oregon and the Clark Honors College during your senior year of high school. After your application has been accepted, you can then apply for deferred enrollment.