Lindner Business Honors

Are you looking to discover and pursue your purpose, to lead, to chart your own path — your fast track of rigorous coursework and experiential learning opportunities like co-op and study abroad?

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Lindner Business Honors seeks ambitious students who are intellectually curious and face new challenges head-on. We seek go-getters and promising leaders who want to hone their talents and take control of opportunities that will propel them into their future careers.

If you want to be a future business problem solver, you might be a perfect fit for Lindner Business Honors.

Continue a Legacy

Honors at the Lindner College of Business is rooted in a rich history and visionary legacy. It’s the story of two, independent donors, Carl H. Lindner, Jr. (who founded Lindner Honors-PLUS in 1997), and Marvin P. Kolodzik (who founded Kolodzik Business Scholars in 2008), who led efforts to build the best honors programs in the country. They sought to attract top students who could develop themselves through innovative academic and experiential opportunities.

Since the founding of our honors programs, the Lindner College of Business has grown both in size and academic merits — thanks in large part to their success! 

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Honors students and alumni continually thrive, achieving in their careers, breaking into new frontiers, and elevating their own and the college’s reputation. Our honors applicants are stronger than ever — and demand leading-edge education, innovative experiences, and a supporting community to freely explore and design their own paths.

In 2021, the college refocused Honors to provide a unified, accelerated curriculum designed to surpass other top business schools and provide our honors students the best of all of our legacy programs.

Student Testimonials


“When deciding on a college, it was imperative that I felt accepted and heard. The University of Cincinnati was one of the only schools I saw a genuine effort to provide an inclusive community for their students. Since being here, I have been immersed in a culture of excellence. Through my Business Fellows Program and Lindner Business Honors Program, I feel surrounded by like-minded individuals with similar goals and experiences. Overall, I have met so many incredible individuals and learned so much. There are so many opportunities through these programs, and I can’t wait to be a part of them all.” — Keke Slaughter, first-year Business Honors student

Program Overview

Lindner Business Honors attracts students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance, drive, ambition, leadership potential and an appetite for problem solving.

In alignment with the college’s unique distinctions, Honors is built on four pillars:

  1. Dedicated infrastructure of Honors faculty and staff
  2. Specialized academic and experiential learning 
  3. Personalized Honors communities
  4. Foundation for exploration, freedom for flexibility

Learn more about these four pillars are woven into the Lindner Business Honors experience.

Application Process

Selection for Lindner Business Honors is based on academic performance, engagement, and leadership. Below are general key dates for enrollment the following fall semester:

  • Honors interview invitations — early January (via email)
  • Honors interviews held in person at Lindner (two options) — late January and early February
  • Honors decisions announced — mid-February with scholarship awards (in portal)
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Students who are selected for Honors will receive their offer in late February. Students have until May 1 to reserve their spot at Lindner and at the University of Cincinnati. After confirming acceptance to Lindner Business Honors, students then will be placed in their honors community: Lindner Honors-PLUS or Kolodzik Business Scholar.

If not selected for Honors as an incoming student, there will be opportunities for exceptional continuing Lindner students to participate in Honors opportunities throughout their college experience. Please note that the University Honors Program is a separate and complementary honors opportunity with admissions managed by the university.


All Lindner Business Honors students are awarded scholarships based on merit. Scholarship levels vary by student, recognizing exceptional academic and leadership abilities as determined by a holistic application and interview review process.

Learn More

In spring 2021 we had a virtual informational event for high school juniors to share more about the program and provide them the opportunity to hear from current students and recent graduates.

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Contact Us

Questions about Lindner Business Honors?

Please reach out to Ashley McFarland, associate director, undergraduate recruitment at

All are invited to keep up with Lindner Business Honors on Instagram at @lindnerbusinesshonors.