We are excited that you are considering transferring into the Clark Honors College. We welcome the diversity of perspectives that all students bring to the classroom, including students who have started their academic journey somewhere else.
The CHC is a comprehensive four-year program, during which students fulfill the UO's core education requirements with the CHC’s very own liberal arts & sciences curriculum. For a detailed overview of our curriculum, please visit our website: https://honors.uoregon.edu/fall-2020-graduation-requirements.
In addition to required courses that must be taken within the honors college, our curriculum is flexible enough to allow AP/IB tests (subject to the scores) and other transfer credits to apply toward our requirements in arts & letters, social science, science, math, and second language (see UO Disciplinary Courses, Second Language Requirement, and Quantitative/Math Requirement for more information).
University of Oregon Lateral Transfer
If you are an incoming first-year or continuing sophomore student (not exceeding your fourth term) at the UO with an excellent academic record, you are invited to apply to the CHC as a lateral transfer on DuckWeb https://duckweb.uoregon.edu/duckweb/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin. The application instructions and CHC application status can also be checked on DuckWeb.
If you are currently enrolled at UO and intend to apply to the CHC as a lateral transfer, we encourage you to focus on taking courses in your major, completing your second language and quantitative/math requirements, and taking courses that will complete the UO Disciplinary Courses requirement. Classes that fulfill other core education requirements for the UO will not fulfill CHC requirements, and so will only be able to count as electives upon your transfer into the honors college.
Keep in mind that the CHC curriculum is designed to replace the standard core education requirements of the university. If you have already taken several classes intended to count toward your core education requirements, you should talk with the CHC's Admissions Office to understand which credits may or may not count toward honors college requirements.
Incoming first-year and sophomore students (not exceeding your fourth term) can apply to enroll beginning either fall, winter, or spring terms. Winter and spring term admission is on a space available basis. Application windows and deadlines are listed below. Note: If you applied to the CHC at the time you applied to the UO and we were unable to offer you fall term admission as an incoming first-year student, we ask that you wait and reapply after completing one term at the UO.
Application Windows and Deadlines
Winter term: Apply September 1-October 15 Deadline: October 15
Spring term: Apply December 1-January 15 Deadline: January 15
Fall term: Apply February 1-March 15 Deadline: March 15
- CHC application web form on DuckWeb https://duckweb.uoregon.edu/duckweb/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin
- Essay – Required
- Recommendation from one UO professor – Optional
- Description of Accomplishments – Optional, the CHC will have access to your original UO application, this section is optional and should only include accomplishments not listed on your UO application.
Contact the CHC Admission Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-346-7600) if you have any questions.
STUDENT PROFILE - SEAN KILLPATRICK, Class of 2019
"My first year in the honors college has been one of the most memorable experiences.
I have had the opportunity to learn from professors whom I have obtained a wealth of knowledge and experience from both inside and outside the classroom. I made new friends with a variety of people who share common goals and aspirations, and everyday I surround myself with diverse individuals who engage and support one another in higher-level thinking.
I am looking forward to continuing my educational endeavors as a proud member of the Clark Honors College."
STUDENT PROFILE - JANE CONWAY, Class of 2019
"I chose to transfer to the Clark Honors College for the ‘small liberal arts school’ environment it fosters.
The CHC staff were welcoming and personable during my transfer, everyone knew who I was when my name came up and it made the process feel very personal to my own individual experience.
I would recommend shadowing some classes, meeting with the admissions staff, or setting up a meeting with a current student!"
Transferring from a Different Institution
The Clark Honors College is a comprehensive four-year program, during which students fulfill the UO's core education requirements with the CHC’s very own liberal arts & sciences curriculum. If you will be transferring from a different institution at the junior level, you may have already started or completed your core or general education classes. As such, you may determine that transferring into the CHC is not the best option for you. As a general rule, if you have completed 45-60 credits of college level work or more, then we encourage you to consider departmental honors within your major school or department as an alternative to enrolling in the CHC.
We recommend that you contact the CHC Admissions Office to discuss your specific needs and interests, and to ensure that you understand how your existing credits may or may not transfer and be counted within the CHC framework. Transfer, AP, IB, and non-CHC UO credits cannot be used to fulfill any courses with an HC subject code. However, you may be able to use certain AP/IB tests (subject to the scores) and other transfer credits to apply toward our requirements in arts & letters, social science, science, math, and second language (see UO Disciplinary Courses, Second Language Requirement, and Quantitative/Math Requirement for more information).
If you do decide to apply, contact the University of Oregon’s Office of Admissions email@example.com for instructions on how to complete the transfer application process.
Our 100, 200, and 300 level HC courses introduce students to the quantity and quality of reading, writing, and research that is expected of honors college students. Our 400-level colloquia assume that students have experienced the earlier coursework and are designed to build from that foundation. For these reasons transfer credits are rarely allowed to substitute for courses with an HC subject code. If you feel that you have a strong case for course substitution, you will need to present transcripts and supporting documentation, such as a syllabus, for review upon matriculation into the college.
Decisions around applying transfer credits toward requirements in second language, quantitative, UO Disciplinary Courses, and UO electives will be made by the University of Oregon’s Office of the Registrar.
All other transfer credits can be applied as electives, and will count towards the total number of credits required for graduation.
Transfer students who have completed more than 36 credits of course work at a U.S. college or university after graduating from high school or its equivalent qualify to participate in orientation programs specific to transfer students.
Questions about orientation? Contact Student Orientation Programs
Enrolling Winter or Spring Term: You will attend the mid-year IntroDUCKtion session in early December.
Enrolling Fall Term: You will attend either the spring IntroDUCKtion for transfer students in late May, or one of the several IntroDUCKtion sessions offered for all incoming students during July and August. Transfer students can choose between a one-day and a two-day orientation during the July sessions. Clark Honors College provides specific programming only at the July IntroDUCKtion sessions, and we encourage all incoming honors college students to attend one of those sessions if they can. We also invite you to attend our New Student Orientation the week prior to the start of classes, usually the third week of September. There are many other Week of Welcome activities offered by the university that you may wish to participate in as well.
Regardless of which IntroDUCKtion session you attend, all new incoming students to the honors college will meet with a CHC advisor, who will help you develop a course plan in order to register for classes.