New Freshmen

The Honors College enrolls students who demonstrate the potential for superior academic and creative ability at Kent State University. Admission to the college requires an excellent high school grade point average, strong scores on the ACT or SAT, and completion of a supplemental application including an essay, in addition to the KSU undergraduate application.

Admission to the Honors College for new freshmen is by invitation only.

Application process

  1. Complete the Kent State University undergraduate admissions application by January 15.
  2. Admitted students who meet the following admission criteria will receive an invitation to apply to the Honors College:
    • ​3.60 minimum cumulative high school GPA 
    • 27 ACT composite or 1210 SAT Critical Reading & Math
  3. Complete the online supplemental application for Honors College admission.

Please note: The Honors College will obtain test scores and transcripts from the Office of Admissions. There is no need to send a duplicate copy to the Honors College. The Honors College will not accept standardized test scores received after January 15.


The Honors College application is supplemental to the Kent State University application and is one of the most important components in determining a student's "fit" for the Honors College. The application requires an essay of approximately 500 words, which provides an opportunity for students to express why they believe the Honors College will be a good opportunity for their undergraduate experience.

Application Deadline

  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: May 1

Scholarship Consideration

All new freshmen who are admitted to the Honors College will automatically be considered for an Honors College scholarship award ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Honors College scholarships are renewable for a maximum term of eight semesters of undergraduate work, provided students remain in good standing with the Honors College. These scholarships are in addition to university awards.

Special Scholarship Awards

Creative Artist Awards Competition

The Creative Artist Awards Competition recognizes academic talent and creative ability of incoming students pursuing majors in dance, music, theatre, and visual communication design. Students must first be admitted to the Honors College to be considered. Awards range from $1,500 to $3,500, up to a maximum of $6,000 combined with other Honors awards.

Departmental Honors Awards

Students pursuing majors in some academic areas may be considered for special departmental awards. Students will automatically be considered for these awards.

May 4 Memorial Honors Scholarship

Awarded to incoming Honors College students based on superior academic credentials, the May 4 Memorial Honors Scholarship provides full in-state tuition, room, and board. Recipients must have a 32 ACT composite or higher to be eligible. Qualified students will be invited to interview.