The Kent State University Honors College is part of a long tradition of promoting academically talented students with a unique academic experience.

The Honors College offers talented and motivated undergraduate students a small liberal arts experience with the opportunities of a large public research university.

The Honors Concept

The Honors College is guided by two basic principles:

  • The responsibility to provide academic work that offers intellectual challenge that demands the best efforts of students.
  • The belief that all students should be liberally educated, regardless of degree program.

We welcome students of diverse backgrounds and are firmly committed to advancing a diverse, inclusive and equitable community of scholars. We affirm that all members of the Honors College community are valued for their contributions and treated with dignity and respect. Each student in the college plays a vital role in enhancing and influencing critical debate, critical thinking and learning from each other through their individual stories and lived experiences. This synergy creates a unique and inclusive foundation on which students can explore and develop their sense of belonging.

The Kent State University Honors College is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Mid-East Honors Association.

Honors Through the Ages

Stopher-Johnson Halls at Kent State University

The Kent State University Honors College has been enriching the lives of thousands of students since 1933. Discover how we have evolved through the ages to become a leader in undergraduate honors education.

Stopher-Johnson Honors Complex

An aerial view of Stopher Hall on the Quad at Kent State University

The Stopher-Johnson Complex, located in the historic heart of the Kent campus, houses the Honors College administrative offices and living-learning community. Rebuilt from the ground-up, Stopher and Johnson Halls were constructed in the footprint of the original buildings in order to preserve the historic May 4th site. The complex occupies a prime location, along the pedestrian esplanade and close to the Kent Student Center and University Library.

Giving Opportunities

Giving Tuesday, November 29th

The support of our alumni and friends supports motivated, high-achieving students in reaching their full potential and gives us the ability to offer unique opportunities and resources. Donors can support students in a number of ways including tuition scholarships, study away scholarships, support for research and creative activities, and more.