Continuing & Transfer Students

Students who are currently attending or are transferring to Kent State University who demonstrate potential for academic excellence may apply for membership in the Honors College.

Eligibility Requirements

Admission to the Honors College is selective. Students who have completed Honors work at another institution of higher education and students who are interested in completing a Senior Honors Thesis/Project will be given preference. Interested students should plan to attend a Thesis Information Meeting prior to the planned semester of admission.

Students must also meet the following admission requirements:

  • Have achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours toward a bachelor's degree


The Honors College application must be submitted online. Students are required to respond to an essay in the application.

Note: All students transferring from another institution of higher education who are interested in joining the Honors College must first complete an undergraduate application for admission to Kent State University and be admitted to the university.


Continuing student applications are accepted and processed twice a year.

  • All application pieces must be submitted by Dec. 1 for admission in the spring semester. Decisions will be made no later than January 15.
  • All application pieces must be submitted by May 1 for admission in the fall semester. Decisions will be made no later than June 15.

Admission Requirements

Students who join the Honors College as continuing students are required to enroll in an Honors course or the Senior Honors Thesis/Project in the semester of admission. An admission decision is contingent upon enrollment in one of these two options. For this reason, admissions decisions will be made in part upon the availability of Honors courses.