Honors College

Welcome! Our primary mission is to provide an enriched educational experience for academically motivated and talented students at Kent State University. Both in and out of the classroom, our learning environment provides students with opportunities to interact and share ideas with other bright, motivated students and mentoring professors.
Alison J. Smith Photo in Scarf

Welcome from the Dean

Greetings from Dean Alison J. Smith!  

Welcome to the Honors College!  Kent State University's Honors program is one of the oldest in the country, and is today a thriving and exciting community with students in majors from every college within the university.  

Professor Shank's Freshman Honors Colloquium Class in Silly Glasses

Freshman Honors Colloquium

Designed to be a rigorous course for all incoming Honors students, Freshman Honors Colloquium is a two-semester sequence that stresses works, ideas, and values significant in our literary and intellectual history as they shape and are shaped by today's culture.  

Female Researcher

Senior Honors Thesis/Project

The Senior Honors Thesis/Project is a 6-credit-hour independent project. It may be a research, creative, or applied project and is completed under the direction of a faculty member.

A student poses for a photo during a festival while studying in Asia.

Study Away & Study Abroad

The Honors College encourages all of its students to acquire broader national and global perspectives and appreciate cross-cultural values and achievements.

Honors Students in dorm room


The Honors College Living-Learning Community in Stopher and Johnson Halls, is specifically for students admitted to the Honors College.  Exposure to opportunities unique to those who strive for academic success, participate in leadership opportunities along with other top students, develop friendships through common goals, courses, and conversation, and are exposed to faculty and staff that will enhance their academic experience.

Awards & Accreditations