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The Dean’s Academy Option in the College of Business is a cohort-based experience for high achieving freshmen, transfer students, and current undergraduate students in the College of Business who wish to maximize the educational and experiential aspects of their college experience. Components of the option, including smaller class sizes and access to exclusive events, encourage intellectual curiosity and active engagement in the educational process, and develop graduates into next generation business leaders who are visionaries and responsible citizens.
Entrance to the option is very competitive and will be allowed once a term based on the criteria below.
Note: Students who are eligible, but choose not to apply for the Dean’s Academy Option, will still have access to exclusive events available to those in the option. However, students who do not declare the option will not able to register for COB Honors/Dean’s Academy courses nor will they be eligible to submit the abbreviated Pro-School application for Dean’s Academy Option students.
Invitation and Application
Invitations: Entering first-year students and transfer students that meet eligibility requirements will be invited to join, as part of START, in the first term subsequent to their arrival at OSU. Additional information sessions may be available at START.
Eligible continuing students will be sent an invitation at the beginning of each term to apply for entry in the following term.
Application: The Dean’s Academy Option application is a short form requesting student information and permission to apply the Dean’s Academy Option to the student academic record. The deadline to reply to the invitation via the application will be the end of week 5 each term.
Notification of Selection: After evaluation for continued eligibility, students will be notified of selection results during week 7 of each term. Admitted students will be able to enroll in the Honors Dean’s Academy course sections the following term.
Dean’s Academy Courses
Dean’s Academy sections are shared with the Honors College and are coded for Dean’s Academy Option students. These sections are indicated by an H, i.e. BA 230H.
Admitted Dean’s Academy Option students must maintain at least a 3.25 OSU cumulative GPA and attend at least one College of Business event each term.
If a student’s OSU cumulative GPA falls below 3.25, they will be notified during week two of the term regarding removal in the subsequent term. If the GPA is subsequently above admission requirements, an invitation to reapply to the Dean’s Academy Option will be sent via email.
Degree Option Criteria
To be eligible to graduate with the Dean’s Academy Option, students must also meet the requirements of the option: complete a minimum of 21 credits, 15 of which must be at the upper-division level, of business or design coursework that have been designated as Honors sections (i.e., the course has an “H” designation such as BA 160H). All 300- and 400-level courses are considered upper-division courses. Any Honors section offered in the college can be used to satisfy the Dean’s Academy Option requirements.
Please contact Marcella or Amy in COB Engagement if you have any questions.