Honors College Application Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Honors College be test-optional this year?

Yes, the Honors College recognizes that changes to test availability and testing environments due to COVID-19 pandemic may leave many students with inequitable access to standardized tests. Kent State has chosen to make test scores optional for students applying to the university for Fall 2021 to ensure equitable opportunity for admission and scholarships. The Honors College is piloting a test-optional application process this year as well. A test-optional admission policy allows you to choose whether your SAT or ACT test scores will be considered as part of the admission review.

How do students indicate their test optional preference?

Incoming freshmen will select their preference on the Kent State University application. If a prospective student selects on the application to submit a test score, then a test score MUST be submitted in order to complete the application process.

How will the Honors College review applications that do not include optional standardized test scores?

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.

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.

Is acceptance to the Honors College competitive?

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, 2021) 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.

How many students does the Honors College expect to place in the freshman class?

We expect to place approximately 500 students in the Honors College freshman class.

Does the Honors College have a waitlist?

Yes, the Honors College does have a waitlist for those who are not immediately accepted after submitting their application.

How do I receive an invitation from the Honors College?

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, 2021.
  • 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, 2022.
Do all honors students receive a scholarship?

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 of $2,000 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.

Am I required to live in the Honors College residence halls on campus?

No, honors students may live in any residence hall on campus, or may commute from off-campus.

When do I find out if I am accepted into the Honors College?

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.

Can I join the Honors College after I have already started as a student at Kent State?

Current Kent State students wishing to join the Honors College, may join for the purpose of completing a Senior Honors Thesis/Project only. Typically, this consideration occurs in the junior year. For more information, visit the Senior Honors Thesis/Project webpage.

What is the Honors Leadership Academy and how do I apply?

The Honors Leadership Academy connects incoming Honors College freshmen to leadership learning and civic engagement in our local community. On the Honors College application, if you select that you are interested in joining the Honors Leadership Academy, you will be contacted to apply for the academy in early March. Acceptance into the academy is based on excellent high school leadership experiences. For more information, please visit the Honors Leadership Academy webpage.

What if I apply to the Honors College and am accepted, but am no longer interested in becoming a member of the Honors College?

Students who have applied and been accepted to the Honors College but no longer wish to become a member, may email Ólöf Thórdardóttir, Coordinator of Admissions, at othordar@kent.edu.