New Freshmen

The Honors College is open to new freshmen who have demonstrated superior academic performance prior to attending a college or university.

Admissions Eligibility

We require new freshmen to meet minimum grade point average (GPA) and standardized test score requirements as follows:

  • 3.60 minimum cumulative high school GPA
  • 27 ACT Composite or 
    1210 SAT Critical Reading & Math

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 or high school transcripts received later than January 15. It is the responsibility of an applicant to ensure all application materials have been received by the Office of Admissions by January 15.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Kent State University undergraduate admissions application. The application is available on August 1 and must be completed no later than January 15.
  2. Look for an invitation to apply to the Honors College within 2-3 weeks of admission to Kent State University. Instructions for submitting the supplemental Honors College application are provided.
  3. Complete the online application for Honors College admission.
  4. Receive notification of our admissions decision by regular mail.

Honors College Application

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 500 words, which provides an opportunity for students to express why they believe the Honors College will be a good opportunity for their undergraduate experience.

Application Deadline

The Honors College will continue to accept applications from new freshmen through March 1. However, students are encouraged to apply by December 1 in order to receive priority scholarship consideration.

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.

Special Scholarship Awards

Creative Artist Awards Competition

The Creative Artist Awards Competition recognizes academic talent and creative ability of incoming students pursuing majors in dance, music, theatre, and visual communication design. Students must first be admitted to the Honors College to be considered. Awards range from $1,500 to $3,500, up to a maximum of $6,000 combined with other Honors awards.

Departmental Honors Awards

Students pursuing majors in some academic areas may be considered for special departmental awards. Students will automatically be considered for these awards.

May 4 Memorial Honors Scholarship

Awarded to incoming Honors College students based on superior academic credentials, the May 4 Memorial Honors Scholarship provides full in-state tuition, room, and board. Recipients must have a 32 ACT composite or higher. Qualified students will be invited to interview.