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? 

Lindner Business Honors (LBH) seeks ambitious students who are intellectually curious and face new challenges head-on. We seek go-getters and those willing to lead, hone their talents and take control of opportunities to design and propel their careers to change the world. 

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

Continue a Legacy

Lindner Business Honors 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 — due in no small part to the success of these very programs! LBH students and alumni continually achieve success in their careers, break into new frontiers and elevate the college’s overall reputation. Our honors applicants are stronger than ever — and demand leading-edge education, experiences, flexibility and supportive community to freely explore and design their own paths. 

For Fall 2021, the college has refocused Lindner Business Honors to provide a unified, concentrated platform of honors programming designed to surpass other top business schools and provide our honors students the best of all of our legacy programs.

About the Program

Lindner Business Honors is highly selective. Enrolling the top 10% of each incoming first-year class at Lindner, the program 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, Lindner Business Honors is built on four pillars:

  1. Specialized honors curriculum and experiential learning opportunities.
  2. Supportive peer community.
  3. Dedicated program infrastructure.
  4. Foundation for exploration, freedom for flexibility.

Read more about how these four pillars are woven into the LBH experience below.

The LBH Experience

Specialized honors curriculum and experiential learning opportunities

Learning is personal. Innovative, accelerated and agile, the specialized LBH curriculum augments the college’s business core. LBH students receive unique opportunities to develop leadership skills, harness the power of a diverse team, expand their perspective and hone their problem-solving skills through both academic grounding and experiential pursuits. 

The LBH curriculum is taught by a collaborative faculty consisting of thought leaders who are renowned in their respective fields and innovative in their teaching approach. Courses are accelerated, especially in the first two years, to enable a greater focus on application as students lean into their own interests. 

Supportive peer community

All Lindner students are assigned a learning community for their first year. LBH takes that model further with two honors communities that support students’ entire college experience and beyond. 

Similar to the house systems of Oxford and Cambridge, our honors communities provide a nurturing environment conducive to personal growth, discovery and academic achievement. Honoring our founders and their original programs, these communities are named Carl H. Lindner Jr. Honors-PLUS (LHP) and Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS). Both communities are housed together in Morgens Hall. 

Students value a personalized learning experience with the benefits of a large, comprehensive university. Now operating within a single honors program to fully utilize the academic power of our large research-based university, these communities “make the big feel small,” fostering deep relationships among students and with the alumni and donors who support them.

Dedicated program infrastructure

In addition to the support of honors faculty leaders and community mentors, the honors infrastructure includes dedicated career coaches and academic advisors. Together, this team of outstanding professionals serves to help LBH students leverage the skills and knowledge they develop to pursue new experiences. 

Foundation for exploration, freedom for flexibility

The first two years of the LBH program builds a strong foundation of business concepts, exploration, discovery and problem solving. From that launching pad, students can pursue new experiences — from deep academic specializations to co-ops and internships, study abroad, case competitions, leadership roles and beyond — that complement their academic coursework and propel their future careers.

Application Process

Selection for Lindner Business Honors is based on academic performance, engagement, and leadership. Students must submit their Common App with a first-choice major in the Lindner College of Business by December 1 of their final year of high school. Eligible students are invited to interview in January. 

Students who are selected for LBH will receive their LBH and scholarship offers in late February. Students have until May 1 to reserve their spot in LBH and at the University of Cincinnati. 

If not selected for LBH as an incoming student, there are opportunities for exceptional continuing Lindner students to participate in LBH opportunities throughout their college experience. 


Scholarships are awarded based on merit, with recognition given to students with exceptional academic and leadership abilities as determined by a holistic application and interview review process.

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Ashley McFarland

Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions