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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.

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.


Students study in the Honors College library.

The Honors College provides a variety of curricular opportunities across all four years of the Honors College experience, ranging from courses to individual and experiential learning options.


An Honors College advisor and student take a photo at the annual Senior Honors Luncheon.

Honors students are supported by both advisors in their majors and the Honors College. Honors College advisors work with students to personalize their educational experience at Kent State in accordance with their interests and career aspirations.

Recognition at Graduation

An Honors student expresses her excitement with arms up at graduation.

In addition to the distinction earned, Honors College students are recognized in the several ways upon graduation from Kent State University.


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Requirements for Honors College students at Kent State University

Study Away & Study Abroad

A student takes a photo in Venice while studying abroad.

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

Senior Honors Thesis/Project

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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.