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All arriving freshmen (also transfer or dual enrollment students) must be unconditionally accepted for admission into Ohio Valley University before being admitted into the Metadisciplinary Studies (MDS) Honors Program.

Admission into the MDS Honors Program is based on a holistic review of every student’s application. Factors include, but are not limited to:

  • ACT score of 26 or above/SAT score of 1230-1250 or above.
  • A high school minimum grade point average of 3.5 (no remedial courses included).
  • Recent college coursework (OVU/transfer/dual enrollment students) with a 3.3 GPA (no remedial courses included).
  • Leadership in Christian Ministries.
  • Service-Leadership in co-/extra-curricular activities.
  • Diversity in ethnicity, geography, interests, and talents

If you are not directly admitted to the MDS Honors Program but would like to petition for admission, please submit the following documents:

  • A brief letter explaining why you would like to enter our honors program. Be sure to include your full name and address.
  • A letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member, a university professor, and/or an Ohio Valley University advisor, who has taught you in an academic course.
  • High school and/or university transcripts.

Petitions must be sent by US mail to:

Dr. Chris Shrock, Director of the MDS Honors Program
Ohio Valley University
1 Campus View Drive
Vienna, WV 26105-8000

Please mail all items together. Letters of recommendation and transcripts should be in envelopes sealed by school representatives. Please note, we do not send automatic confirmations of receipt of your petition. If you would like confirmation, please email Dr. Chris Shrock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An Honors Petition Committee will convene in order to decide whether to accept or reject any petition. All decisions are final.

To continue to be qualified to partake in the Metadisciplinary Studies (MDS) Honors Program, a student must sustain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. A student whose cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 will be relegated on program probation for one semester. If the cumulative GPA prerequisite is fulfilled after the probationary semester, the student will be removed off probation; if the GPA prerequisite is not fulfilled, then the student is unable to earn honors credits pending that minimum GPA prerequisite has been fulfilled.

Requirements

  1. There are FOUR COMPONENT PARTS of the Metadisciplinary Studies (MDS) Honors Program. To fulfill the requirements of the MDS Honors Programand graduate with Honors, students must successfully complete all four parts of the program.
    1. Students must successfully complete the four MDS Honors courses for the freshman and sophomore years in the Biblical Worldview Curriculum. Each of the four courses receives 4 credit hours.
      1. Schedule
        1. Freshman Fall Semester – MDS 1 (HNRS 110) – 4 Credit Hours
        2. Freshman Spring Semester – MDS 2 (HNRS 111) – 4 Credit Hours
        3. Sophomore Fall Semester – MDS 3 (HNRS 210) – 4 Credit Hours
        4. Sophomore Spring Semester – MDS 4 (HNRS 211) – 4 Credit Hours
      2. Transfer students and Dual Enrollment students coming to OVU as juniors who are accepted into the MDS Honors Program will have the following schedule.
        1. Junior Fall Semester – MDS 1 (HNRS 110) – 4 Credit Hours
        2. Junior Spring Semester – MDS 2 (HNRS 111) – 4 Credit Hours
        3. Senior Fall Semester – MDS 3 (HNRS 210) – 4 Credit Hours
        4. Senior Spring Semester – MDS 4 (HNRS 211) – 4 Credit Hours
    2. All students must successfully complete four 1-hour Capstone Thesis/Project Sessions. These are not courses, but weekly sessions per four semesters where the student meets with the MDS Honors Director and a Faculty Mentor to work on their Capstone Thesis/Project.
      1. These Capstone Sessions will be taken/completed during the junior and senior years.
        1. Junior Fall Semester – 1 Capstone Session – MDS 5 (HNRS 310) – 1 Credit Hour
        2. Junior Spring Semester – 1 Capstone Session – MDS 6 (HNRS 311) – 1 Credit Hour
        3. Senior Fall Semester – 1 Capstone Session – MDS 7 (HNRS 410) – 1 Credit Hour
        4. Senior Spring Semester – 1 Capstone Session – MDS 8 (HNRS 411) – 1 Credit Hour
      2. Transfer students and Dual Enrollment students coming to OVU as juniors who are accepted into the MDS Honors Program will also follow the above schedule for their Capstone Sessions.
    3. All students must successfully complete a professional Honors Learning ePortfolio (no credit hours).
    4. And, all students must successfully complete three approved co-curricular activities each semester of enrollment (no credit hours).
  2. All honors courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and students must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate with honors. This involves students transferring in from other colleges and universities along with dual enrollment students.

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