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The Honors College enrolls students who demonstrate the potential for superior academic and creative ability at Kent State University. Admission to the college requires an excellent high school grade point average, strong scores on the ACT or SAT, and completion of a supplemental application including an essay, in addition to the KSU undergraduate application.

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Application process

First-year admission to the Honors College is by invitation through the KSU admissions process.

  1. Complete the Kent State University undergraduate admissions application by January 15.
  2. Admitted students who meet the following admission criteria will receive an invitation to apply to the Honors College:
    • ​3.60 minimum cumulative high school GPA 
    • 27 ACT composite or 1280 New SAT score (1210 combined critical reading and math score on old SAT)
  3. Complete the online supplemental application for Honors College admission.

Please note: The Honors College will obtain test scores and transcripts from the Office of Admissions. There is no need to send a duplicate copy to the Honors College. The Honors College will not accept standardized test scores received after January 15.


The Honors College application is supplemental to the Kent State University application and is one of the most important components in determining a student's "fit" for the Honors College. The application requires an essay of approximately 250-500 words. We recommend that you compose your essay in a word-processing program, save it to your computer, and then copy/paste the essay into the application. Please check for spelling and grammatical errors.

New Freshman Application

Application Deadline

  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: May 1

Admissions Decisions

Notifications are sent to students via email. Note that all admissions decisions will be sent to a student's KSU email account.

Scholarship Consideration

All new freshmen who are admitted to the Honors College will automatically be considered for an Honors College scholarship award ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Honors College scholarships are renewable for a maximum term of eight semesters of undergraduate work, provided students remain in good standing with the Honors College. These scholarships are in addition to University awards.