Lindner Business Honors

What makes Lindner Business Honors unique? We combine innovative and rigorous academic communities with hands-on, real-world learning opportunities such as the ability to intern, co-op, network, and study abroad. All honors programs are highly selective and may offer merit-based scholarships. Lindner Business Honors students receive:

  • Priority class registration.
  • Access to honors sections of courses .
  • Specialized Lindner Career Services support and events.
  • Dedicated academic advisor.
  • Distinction valued by employers.
  • Honors housing for first-year students.
  • Honors tassel and honors designation on your transcript upon graduation.

Meet the Lindner Business Honors Programs

Whatever the future brings, you have the potential to own it. Learn about the three unique Lindner Business Honors programs from Dean Marianne W. Lewis, PhD, and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs Ashley McFarland. You'll also hear from actual Lindner Business Honors students who have drive and passion, are inclusive leaders inside and outside the classroom and are top academic performers.

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Applying and Interviewing for Lindner Business Honors 

Admission to Lindner Business Honors is a competitive process based on a review of the whole student. First-year applicants must have submitted a complete University of Cincinnati first-year admission application and select a business major as your first choice (business undecided is acceptable) no later than December 1.  

The Lindner Business Honors admissions team is seeking the following in applicants:

  • Top academic performers. While test scores are optional, successful students have accessed the academic resources available to them (higher level classes) and excelled.  
  • All-around leaders. Successful students are inclusive leaders within their school and outside- club presidents, part time jobs, and other leadership roles are common. You should be able to tell us what leadership means to you.
  • Students with drive and passion. Successful students are those that are looking to make a difference in the world and aren’t afraid to step outside their comfort zone to do so.

Application timeline

Application Timeline
Action Item Date
Deadline to apply to UC to be considered for Lindner Business Honors (Business must be top choice).

December 1, 2020

Application reviewed by UC.

Month of December

Invitations to interview for Lindner Business Honors. Beginning of January
Interviews for Lindner Business Honors. January-February
Offers extended for all three programs. Mid-March
Final decision needed from student. May 1, 2021

You may be trying to determine if applying for one of our three Lindner Business Honors programs is right for you. Below are some of the most frequently-asked questions (FAQs) the Lindner Admissions team receives about the application and interview process.

Exceptional high school seniors are invited to interview for a place in one of our three Lindner Business Honors programs:  Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS, Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars, and the Circle of Excellence. For the 2020-2021 cycle, all interviews will be online, details are still being planned for these events.

There is no separate application for Lindner Business Honors. The UC First-Year Application (Common App) is the only application needed. Please submit your Common App by December 1.

UC is test optional for the 2021 and 2022 school years but we encourage you to submit your scores if you do take the test.

The admission committee will determine which program is the best fit based on your qualifications and interests. We want to get to know you, and we understand that you have an important decision to make! A face-to-face conversation gives us a chance to learn more about each other.  At Lindner, you are so much more than just an application.

Details for the online interview process are still being determined. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

Be yourself! Tell us about your strengths, interests and passions. Get a feel for the people you meet and ask yourself if you are comfortable and excited about being on campus.

Be prepared. Ask lots of questions about what being an honors student at Lindner is all about. Classes? Work experience? Study abroad? Campus life? These are all great areas to explore. This will help you determine if UC and the Lindner College of Business are right for you!

Offers will be extended for each program. Unfortunately, not all students who interview are offered a spot in a program. There are no wait lists or options to move into another program.  

Acceptance letters will be sent via email and U.S. Mail no later than mid-March, after January and February interviews are concluded.

Lindner Business Honors Program Descriptions

The Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS (LHP) program features a cohort model with a  unique combination of academic preparation, leadership training, and real-world work experiences that drive accelerated career entry and progression. 

The Circle of Excellence (CoE) develops leaders who are positioned to make a positive impact on the world, both in business and beyond, via a specialized curriculum and practical professional experiences in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

The Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) program provides its students with multidisciplinary academics and focused global experiences in conjunction with real-world professional experiences to prepare them for successful careers.

Transfer and Transition Students

For students entering the Lindner College of Business as a transfer or transition student in the fall semester, there may be limited spots available in the business honors program. These spots are only available if space and funding are available in the program. Current transfer students who have successfully entered an honors program have an average University (all college work) GPA of 3.8 with a passion for business, have extensive involvement in extracurricular activities and organizations, and strong leadership qualities. Interested students must complete the online Lindner Business Honors Transfer Application and submit two completed recommendation surveys. This application qualifies applicants for consideration across all three business honors programs. 

If there is space available in the programs, the Lindner Business Honors Transfer Application will appear on this page until the due date of March 1.

The Fall Lindner Business Honors Transfer Admission application should be completed no later than March 1. To be considered for the Lindner Business Honors Programs, students who are transitioning to Lindner from another UC college must submit a Change in College form no later than March 1 and may not have than 60 credit hours completed.

Contact us

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Ashley McFarland

Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions


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Matt Keaton

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions