The Honors College enrolls students who are academically motivated and demonstrate the potential for significant academic and creative ability at Kent State University. We take a holistic approach to evaluating students for admission. Standardized test scores have historically been just one indicator among many in our review process. Those students applying as a first-year student in the Honors College are not required to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). In the absence of test scores, we will continue to look at all available factors, including the completion of a core curriculum; high school GPA; a student’s decision to take rigorous coursework such as AP, IB, honors or college credit, where it is offered; application essays; extracurricular activities; positions of employment and leadership experiences; along with other achievements or extenuating factors.
Application Process & Deadlines
First-Year admission to the Honors College is by invitation only. In order to receive an invitation, you must: have a 3.7+ (weighted or unweighted) cumulative high school GPA AND adhere to the deadlines for the Kent State University undergraduate admissions application and the Honors College application:
- Honors College Priority Application Deadline- Dec. 15.
In order to receive an invitation to the Honors College and apply by the priority deadline, you must apply to Kent State by Dec. 1, 2020.
- Honors College Regular Application Deadline- Feb. 15.
In order to receive an invitation to the Honors College and apply by the regular deadline, you must apply to Kent State by Feb. 1, 2021.
Admission to the Honors College is competitive and we encourage you to apply by the Dec. 15 priority deadline for the Honors College application. The Honors College application is supplemental to the Kent State University application (which must be completed by Dec. 1, 2020) and is one of the most important components in determining a student's success and acceptance into the Honors College. The application should be completed after receiving your invitation, and requires completion of two short-answer questions, along with information regarding academic rigor and leadership/extracurricular activities.
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Announcements of acceptance to the Honors College will be sent on a rolling basis, beginning Feb. 1, via email, with a formal printed acceptance letter to follow.
When a prospective student applies for Honors College admission, they are also automatically considered for Honors College scholarships. The same application is used to award scholarships to entering freshmen that demonstrate the potential for superior scholarly and creative activity at the university. All entering freshmen are offered an Honors Distinction Award, ranging from $1,000-$3,000 per academic year, based on their academic profile. Students are also considered for additional honors scholarships when they apply to the Honors College. With support from our generous Honors College donors, these scholarships can range from $500 to $2,000 per academic year. The Honors College will contact those honors students who are selected to receive these scholarships each academic year.