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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.

The Honors College at Kent State University provides students with a liberal arts education at a large, public research institution. Demanding courses, stimulating discussions, international study, and research projects will challenge your intellect and enhance your education. Your education may culminate with a senior thesis or creative project, an in-depth project that showcases your knowledge and creativity. The opportunities we provide for self-expression, leadership, and service will prepare you for graduate school, a professional career, and most important, life.

Program 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.

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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 & The western identity

All Honors College students are required to successfully complete HONR 10197/10297 Freshman Honors Colloquium I & II in the first year, with the following exception: Students admitted as incoming freshmen who have earned credit for ENG 21011 College Writing II from post-secondary, dual enrollment, or other pre-college credit programs, are required to successfully complete HONR 13597 The Western Identity.

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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

3.5 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 "A" or "B" quality

Departmental Honors

6

3.5 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 "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.

REQUIRED ACADEMIC ADVISING

Honors College advising is required 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.

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