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The Honors College is a community within the larger Kent State University community, and its members participate in all the cultural, athletic, and social activities Kent State University offers. Honors College students play on sports teams, serve in student government, work in student media, run student businesses, play for the marching band, and more. The Honors College also offers its own special opportunities and encourages its members to participate in every aspect of their community. First-year students may choose to live and learn with other Honors College students in our living-learning community.


The Honors College Living-Learning Community is specifically for students who have been admitted to the Honors College. Students who participate in the Honors College Living-Learning Community, located in Stopher and Johnson Halls, will be exposed to opportunities unique to students who strive for academic success, participate in leadership opportunities along with other top students, develop friendships through common goals, courses, and conversation, and be exposed to faculty and staff to enhance their academic experience at Kent State University.

Honors Student Council

Students participate in all facets of development and growth in the Honors College, from assisting in the creation of new Honors classes, to organizing and hosting scholarly, service, and social activities, to raising awareness among Honors students about conferences, publishing opportunities, special transfer agreements, scholarships, and much more.

Peer Success Specialists

Peer Success Specialists are outstanding upper class students who have demonstrated student success as a Kent State student and who are eager to share their success tips with our students engaged in Success Coaching. Based on personal experience, acquired knowledge, and individual successes our Peer Success Specialists provide information, resources, suggestions and direction that can assist students with achieving student goals. PSS provide information related to a variety of student development topics pertaining to majors, leadership development, internship planning, career planning information, and overall student success.


An annual literary and arts publication comprised of exceptional work completed by undergraduate Honors students from within the Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA) region, Honors students at Kent State University edit and publish the entire magazine.

Alpha Lambda Delta

Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. We recognize those students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year. The purpose of the society is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing as well as developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.

Phi Beta Kappa

Each year faculty members who themselves were chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate institutions meet and discuss exceptional Kent State students in the liberal arts.  There are over half a million members, but only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters and only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates at these institutions are selected for membership. Membership shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and provides a competitive edge in the marketplace. Students elected to membership participate in an initiation ceremony each spring.