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.

Want to learn more about the Honors College? Check out our Viewbook:
Please note that the KSU application deadline for Honors consideration is Feb. 1st, not Jan. 15th, as noted in our Honors Viewbook.




Application process

First-year admission to the Honors College is by invitation only.  Invitations to apply will come approximately two weeks after you receive your acceptance letter from Kent State University.

  1. Complete the Kent State University undergraduate admissions application by February 1st.
  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 and 
    • 27 ACT composite or 1260 New SAT score 
  3. Complete the online supplemental application for Honors College admission after you receive your invitation.

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 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. We recommend that you compose your essay in a word-processing program, save it to your computer, and then copy/paste the essay into the application. Please check for spelling and grammatical errors.

New Freshman Application

Application Deadline

  • Priority Deadline: January 15
  • Final Deadline: May 1

Admissions Decisions

Notifications are sent to students via email. Note that all admissions decisions will be sent to a student's KSU email account.

Scholarship Consideration

When a prospective student applies for Honors College admission, they are also applying 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 will also be considered for additional Honors scholarships supported by our donors, ranging from $500 to $2,000 per academic year.