The Honors College enrolls students who are academically motivated and demonstrate the potential for significant academic and creative ability at Kent State University. We take a holistic approach to evaluating students for admission. Standardized test scores have historically been just one indicator among many in our review process. Those students applying as a first-year student in the Honors College are not required to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). In the absence of test scores, we will continue to look at all available factors, including the completion of a core curriculum; high school GPA; a student’s decision to take rigorous coursework such as AP, IB, honors or college credit, where it is offered; application essays; extracurricular activities; positions of employment and leadership experiences; along with other achievements or extenuating factors.
Application Process & Deadlines
First-Year admission to the Honors College is by invitation only. In order to receive an invitation, you must: have a 3.7+ (weighted or unweighted) cumulative high school GPA AND adhere to the deadlines for the Kent State University undergraduate admissions application and the Honors College application.
- Honors College Application Deadline- Jan. 15, 2024
- In order to receive an invitation to the Honors College, you should apply to Kent State by Dec. 1, 2023.
- Honors College Application Deadline- Dec. 1, 2023
- In order to receive an invitation to the Honors College, you should apply to Kent State by Nov. 15, 2023.
Admission to the Honors College is competitive. The Honors College application is supplemental to the Kent State University application (which should be completed by December 1) and is one of the most important components in determining a student's success and acceptance into the Honors College. The application should be completed after receiving your invitation, and requires an essay response along with requested information regarding academic rigor and leadership/extracurricular activities. We highly discourage the use of ChatGPT or other AI software to prepare your essay, as only you can show us who you are through originality of thought and purpose and clarity in your writing.
New Freshman Application
“Please use the username and password used to apply to Kent State University. If you applied using the Common Application, you should have received an email with your login credentials. If you’re unable to log in to your applicant portal, please contact the Admissions Office at 330-672-2444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
- Decisions will be announced in early March, via email, with a formal printed decision letter to follow.
- Decisions will be announced in late December, via email, with a formal printed decision letter to follow.
When a prospective student applies for Honors College admission, they are also automatically considered for Honors College scholarships. The same application is used to award scholarships to entering freshmen that demonstrate the potential for superior scholarly and creative activity at the university. All entering freshmen are offered an Honors Distinction Award of $2,000 per academic year (students whose tuition is fully covered through other avenues are not eligible.) Students are also considered for additional honors scholarships when they apply to the Honors College. With support from our generous Honors College donors, these scholarships can range from $500 to $2,000 per academic year. The Honors College will contact those honors students who are selected to receive these scholarships each academic year.
Honors College Application Frequently Asked Questions
Benefits of Joining the Honors College
Honors College Requirements for Academics