The Honors Tutorial College offers more than 30 challenging programs of study that provide a unique undergraduate educational experience to a select number of qualified students.
Students admitted to the College undertake a substantial portion of the core curriculum in their respective disciplines through a series of tutorials. A tutorial consists of a full-time faculty member meeting with students either singly or in small seminars. In pursuing this method of instruction, the College draws upon the rich educational traditions of British universities such as Cambridge and Oxford. Although other colleges and universities have adopted some aspects of the tutorial model, Ohio University remains the only institution in the United States with a degree-granting college incorporating all the essential features of a tutorial-based education. The success of the College’s approach to undergraduate education is evident in its distinguished 34-year history and the impressive achievements of its alumni.
What the Honors Tutorial College has in common with other honors programs and colleges is the presence of the word “honors” in its name. The similarities end there. The Honors Tutorial College is a tutorial college for honors-caliber students. The difference is not merely semantic, but substantive and profound. In a tutorial, instruction is undertaken through dialogue rather than lecture. Honors Tutorial College students are required to take a substantial portion of their academic work through tutorials, though they also enroll every academic quarter in traditional courses. A tutorial college provides self-motivated, creative, and disciplined students with unprecedented opportunities for intellectual development from the moment they arrive on campus as freshmen until the time they cross the stage at graduation as seniors. The Honors Tutorial College houses only 200 students in 25 programs of study. Its size and resources allow for the maintenance of a community of young scholars who have an essential leadership role to play in the life of the larger university. They demonstrate both in and outside the classroom that being passionate about their own interests and the world around them matters deeply.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.