Honors Programs

Fisher College of Business Honors Program

Ranked as one of the top 20 undergraduate business programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, Fisher College of Business challenges the best and brightest students through its Honors Program.

Application for Admission to the Fisher Honors Programs

The Fisher College of Business offers it Honors students the option of applying for and participating in one of four Honors programs that each provide the opportunity to graduate with a diploma designation. The four programs are designed to provide a range of experiences to choose from.

The Integrated Business & Engineering program is the first interdisciplinary honors program at The Ohio State University. This four-year program admits 30 incoming freshman honors students from the Fisher College of Business and the College of Engineering each year. It provides these students with significant exposure to theories and tools from a different discipline, enhances their critical thinking skills, and offers opportunities to collaborate on real-world problems working in multi-disciplinary teams. Students in this program will graduate from their respective college with an “Honors in Integrated Business & Engineering” diploma designation.

The Accounting Honors program is a nationally recognized academic program offering a challenging and innovative curriculum for students who seek to develop strong educational foundations and experiential learning opportunities. Each year up to 30 sophomore students are selected to participate during their junior and senior years. For some, the Accounting Honors Program constitutes the culmination of university-based education; for others, it is a springboard for graduate education in top Masters or Ph.D. programs. Successful completion results in graduating with an “Honors in Accounting” diploma designation.

The Honors Cohort program is designed around an integrated community of learners who take a series seminar and business core classes together in a smaller setting during their junior and senior year. The program was created to meet the increasing demand of students who were interested in an honors enriched experience that includes examining the intellectual history of business, the philosophical debates over markets, and the ability to interact with global industry executives and policymakers. Each year up to 30 sophomore students are selected to participate. Successful completion will result in graduating with an “Honors in Business Administration” diploma designation.

The Honors Contract: Through Industry Cluster offers students the opportunity to tailor their honors experience by completing a minor or secondary concentration outside business and selecting an industry for in-depth study. Sophomore honors students are selected to participate in a two-year engagement with an industry cluster, author and present an industry research report, and lead a team through a real-world project. Each year, up to 10 honor students are selected for each Industry Cluster. The clusters are: Business Analytics, Consulting, Consumer Package Goods, Energy & Sustainability, Financial Services, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Middle Markets. Students who successfully complete this program will graduate with “Honors in Business Administration” and “Research Distinction” diploma designations.

The application process:

Eligible sophomores can apply to the Accounting Honors, Honors Cohort and Honors Contract programs no later than February 19th, 2016. Students are welcome to apply to more than one program, but are required to indicate their first, second, and third choice. Notifications will be sent by March 11, 2016.

Honors students also have the opportunity to conduct research with guidance from a faculty advisor that will culminate in writing a thesis, defending research findings and presenting at the Denman Research Forum. Students who conduct a research project receive the distinction designation on their diploma.

Honors Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2:30pm-4pm, 200 Mason Hall
  • Monday, February 1, 11:30am-1pm, 315 Gerlach Hall


Honors Advisor Contact Information
Phone: (614) 292-2715

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    Undergraduate Service

    The Honors Cohort applies academic education through service-learning volunteer activities which are integrated into the core curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop their leadership and communication skills through these unique volunteer activities.

    Mentors for Kids lemonade sale: Fisher students and their little buddies held a lemonade sale on campus to teach the elementary school students how to run their own business.