UC Blue Ash College

Honors Program

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The Honors Program is built around experiential learning. Whether it is in specially-designed honors seminars, special leadership opportunities, research projects with professors, or study abroad programs, students in our Honors program learn by doing and by reflecting and connecting their experiences to their larger academic, career and personal goals.

If you have any questions about the UC Blue Ash Honors Program, please feel free to email us at UCBAHonors@uc.edu.

What are the requirements?

All students need to complete the following requirements in order to graduate from the UC Blue Ash Honors Program:

  • Enroll and complete Gateway to UC Blue Ash Honors, a one-hour introductory course.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 by the time of graduation.
  • Enroll as a full-time student at UC Blue Ash every semester in the program.
  • Complete two Honors Experiences, in addition to the Gateway course.
  • Design and regularly update a Learning Portfolio.
  • Meet regularly with Honors Advisor. 

What are the benefits?

  • Academic Rigor: Take special honors-designated classes with other outstanding students.
  • Special Perks: You will enjoy perks that include early priority registration for UC Blue Ash classes.
  • Experiental Learning & Leadership: Participate in a wide range of exciting opportunities to take learning beyond the classroom.
  • Honors Scholarships: Compete for scholarships available specifically for our Honors Program students.
  • Prestige: Get featured in our print and website promotions, as our best and brightest students! Plus, the Honors designation is noted on students' diplomas.

Transition to Uptown

Students who successfully complete the UC Blue Ash Honors Program and transition to UC's Uptown Campus to complete their baccalaureate program may have the opportunity to enroll in the University Honors Program, if selected. Those who enroll in the UHP will receive credit for their Experiences at UC Blue Ash.

How does the program work?

Full-time students in any UC Blue Ash academic track are eligible for UC Blue Ash Honors. The program is designed to be flexible, and is built around experiences and reflection.


Through experiences, students engage in focused, experiential learning activities that are also flexible, since UC Blue Ash Honors students are enrolled in a variety of academic programs. Students need to complete two Experiences in order to graduate with Honors from UC Blue Ash College. These include:

  • Honors Seminars: Courses specially designed around interdisciplinary and experiential learning, where the focus is on discussion and exploration. The Honors Seminars align with one or more of the honors thematic areas of Community Engagement, Creativity, Global Studies, Leadership, and Research. Seminars include creative activities and projects that allow students to experience learning in new ways. Experiential learning may include site visits, fieldwork, service learning, lab work and other research, performances and exhibits, and more. The Spring 2020 Honors Seminar is Media Literacy in a Media-Saturated World.
  • Honors Intermediate Composition: Special sections of UC's core writing class built around experiential and service learning that are offered in both Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Research Experiences: Work with a UC Blue Ash professor on a project, or design your own, and present your work at the college's annual research conference, Mediated Minds
  • Creative Experiences: Write, design, paint, sculpt, and show off your work in the Blue Ash Review or at the UC Blue Ash Gallery.
  • Study Abroad: UC Blue Ash offers two to three well-designed and affordable study abroad programs every year, that automatically count as Experiences.
  • Leadership ExperiencesServe as a UCBA Student Ambassador, Student Orientation Leader,  or in any number of other college leadership opportunities.

The goal of the experiences is to provide students with the flexibility to design a program that fits their interests and goals, and develop as scholars, leaders and people.


In order to connect their experiences and other UCBA Honors activities to their larger academic program and personal development, each honors student develops and updates a personal Learning Portfolio, a public website where students not only show off their work but also thoughtfully reflect on what they learned during their Experiences, and how to build on them in the future.

Reflection is a vital learning tool that helps students make connections between their different classes and activities, and UC Blue Ash is a leader in helping students integrate thoughtful reflection into all parts of the learning process

How do I get into the program?

Students are admitted into the UC Blue Ash Honors Program through two pathways:

Requirements for New Incoming Students

  • First-year students with no college experience are admitted based on their high school achievements. All students with a minimum 3.2 high school GPA and a 25 ACT or 1200 SAT, who apply and accepted to UCBA, are automatically invited to enroll in UCBA Honors. The priority application deadline for Fall admission is May 1.

Requirements for Current Students - Delayed Start

  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.2 or higher (confirmed via transcript or through the university for transition students)
  • Minimum of 12 hours of completed college credit (at UC or another university)
  • Currently enrolled full time as a UC Blue Ash student, or, if transferring, planning to enroll full time at UC Blue Ash
  • Must be able to enroll in and complete Honors 1015: Gateway to University Honors their first semester in the program (this is a one-credit hour introductory course)
  • Evidence of interest in and desire to engage with the UC Blue Ash Honors Program. 


The UCBA Honors Program is excited to invite current and transfer students to apply for admission beginning in the Spring 2022 semester. Applicants must be full time UCBA students with at least two semesters remaining until graduation or transition.

Please have your application submitted no later than midnight on November 20, 2021.

An information session for current students interested in the Delayed Start option will be held on November 3rd, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. If you would like to attend, please click the option below and submit the requested information to receive the link to the session.


Contact Information

Honors Program

Progress Hall • Room 120B
Program Coordinator
Phone: 513-558-9472
Email: ucbahonors@ucmail.uc.edu