Requirements

To remain in good standing and retain membership in the Honors College, students must meet the following requirements:

Courses & Credits

All Honors College students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 24 Honors credits, with the exception of students who are admitted to the Honors College as juniors for the purposes of completing a Senior Honors Thesis/Project. Honors students are expected to enroll in the Honors section of a course when available.

Academic Progress

Honors students should be actively pursuing enriched educational activities that complement their degree programs. As members of the Honors College, students must continue to earn Honors credit on a regular basis. 

Students are required to meet satisfactory progress toward their Honors credit requirements by completing a minimum of 6 Honors credits each academic year. In some cases, students may accumulate additional credit hours beyond the minimum requirements each academic year. Despite these instances, students are required to complete Honors credits each academic year.

The Honors College encourages students to complete their 24 Honors credit hours upon completion of the junior year and pursue a Senior Honors Thesis/Project in the senior year so they may Graduate with Honors.

Freshman Honors Colloquium

All Honors College students are required to successfully complete HONR 10197/10297 Freshman Honors Colloquium I & II in the first year, with the following exceptions:

  1. Students admitted as incoming freshmen who transfer credit for ENG 2011 College Writing II from post-secondary and dual enrollment programs, in which case students are required to successfully complete HONR 13597 The Western Identity.
  2. Students admitted as continuing Kent State students and transfer students who are admitted after the first semester of post-secondary coursework.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Honors College students are required to maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA to retain their membership in the Honors College.

Graduation with Honors

Graduation with Honors is the highest distinction awarded to students who graduate from the Kent State University Honors College. In order to be eligible for this distinction, students must successfully complete and defend a Senior Honors Thesis/Project.

There are three levels of distinction for Graduation with Honors, as follows:

DISTINCTION MINIMUM HONORS CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE POINT AVERAGE INDEPENDENT STUDY REQUIREMENT SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
University Honors 30 3.8 Cumulative GPA Six hours of independent study, at least four hours of which MUST be thesis but all six of which can be

Senior Honors Thesis/Project of outstanding quality

General Honors 30 3.2 Cumulative GPA
3.4 Major GPA
3.4 Honors GPA
Six hours of independent study, at least four hours of which MUST be thesis but all six of which can be

Senior Honors Thesis/Project of "A" or "B" quality

Departmental Honors 6 3.2 Cumulative GPA
3.4 Major GPA

Six hours of independent study, at least four hours of which MUST be thesis but all six of which can be

Senior Honors Thesis/Project of "A" or "B" quality

Honors College students who do not complete a Senior Honors Thesis/Project but who successfully fulfill all other Honors College academic requirements receive an Honors College Scholar notation on the final academic transcript.

Mandatory Academic Advising

Honors College advising is mandatory for all Honors College students. Students are required to meet with their assigned Honors College advisor each semester. Honors College advising is designed to assist students in selecting Honors experiences that will enrich their educational experience and on their academic progress in Honors. Students should be aware of their responsibilities as an advisee.