View past application here

Please contact Sergeant at Arms Mallory Masarik at with any questions. Note that you will need one letter of recommendation from a faculty, staff, or an Ohio State-affiliated person.

Please note that Mortar Board is a senior class honorary at Ohio State University. Individuals are permitted to apply to only one of the two honoraries.


What does SPHINX do? 

SPHINX celebrates the contributions of 24 senior students to Ohio State. SPHINX is a community dedicated to building friendship and fellowship between our members, known as links. We support each other’s events on campus, travel together, and build relationships with each other.

When is the application due? 

Our application for SPHINX 113 of the 2019-2020 academic year has closed. Applications for SPHINX 114, for the 2020-2021 academic year, will open late Autumn 2019. Applications are due in January 2020.

Can I get some tips?

We can’t give you formal tips, but we can say that being yourself goes a long way. We want to hear the narrative of your time at Ohio State and the essay section is a great way to do that.

What is the difference between Mortar Board and Sphinx?

Great question! Mortar Board, which was first formed at Ohio State, has chapters nationwide. SPHINX exists only at Ohio State and does not have national chapters. SPHINX focused on strengthening relationships internally with your fellow class members. SPHINX completes service projects, attends community events, and travels together. Both SPHINX and Mortar Board have an extensive alumni network.