The Honors College
The Honors College Living-Learning Community aims to give Honors College students the opportunity to live and learn together in an atmosphere dedicated to holistic learning by engaging students in social and educational programs designed to promote intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and independence.
Students who participate in the Honors College Living-Learning Community will be: (1) exposed to opportunities unique to students who strive for academic success; (2) participate in leadership opportunities along with other top students; (3) develop friendships through common goals, courses, and conversation; and, (4) be exposed to faculty and staff to enhance their academic experience at Kent State University.
Students who live in the Honors College Living-Learning Community will have access to the Honors Complex, which houses the Honors College administrative staff offices (including the dean and advisors), have the opportunity to take certain honors courses in the Honors Complex, and have access to the Honors College library and computer lab (printing is free, but students must provide their own printing paper).
Programs and Events:
Each year, the Honors College hosts events catering to the specific needs and interests of the honors students. Recent programs and events include:
- HONORS COLLEGE EARLY FRESHMEN MOVE-IN: Held prior to KSU Kickoff, this opportunity allows incoming freshmen honors students to move into their respective residence halls the day before the rest of the first-year students move onto campus. This allows new honors students to move in and get settled while meeting and interacting with other honors students, honors staff/faculty, and residence hall staff. Previous move-in events have included visits from Stoddard’s Ice Cream truck and outdoor movie screenings.
- HONORS COLLEGE DEAN’S WELCOME: This event is held during KSU Kickoff at the beginning of each fall semester. The Dean of the Honors College welcomes the incoming honors freshmen to campus, followed by structured activities in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, including yoga, team building activities, group games and more!
- FUEL UP FOR FINALS: The Honors College provides snacks and treats for finals (hot cocoa/toppings bar, etc.) to gear up for final exams at the end of the semester. The Honors College has also hosted mid-term social de-stress events, where honors students decorate pumpkins which enjoying donuts and warm apple cider.
- COOKIES AND REGISTRATION: The Honors College provides Insomnia Cookies and milk for honors student class registration at midnight during the fall semester, and is hosted in the Honors College Living-Learning Community.
- ‘AROUND TOWN’ FIELD TRIPS: Event programming includes past field trips to go ice skating, visit the Akron Art Museum, eat dinner at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, tour the Cleveland Museum of Art and wander through Cleveland’s Westside Market.
Freshman Honors Colloquium:
All honors freshmen are required to enroll in Freshman Honors Colloquium (FHC). FHC is a two-semester sequence which totals six credit hours during the student’s incoming freshman year. Considered by most honors alumni as the most important course they took in college, Freshman Honors Colloquium (FHC) is the foundational course for the Honors Experience. While FHC satisfies the College Writing requirement of the university, it is much more than freshman English. In FHC, a cohort of students meet with the same professor for two semesters, focusing on critical thinking, examining ideas closely, and expressing their own ideas in both oral and written form. This unique course is students’ first opportunity to develop and understand the long argument— the ability to follow trains of thought and ideas that reach back through the year, bringing together many lines of argument and reasoning.
The Honors College has found that students who complete FHC perform far better in all subsequent courses than those who do not complete FHC. Because each FHC section focuses on a theme chosen by the professors, who are experts in their fields, students have the opportunity to choose themes from more than 30 sections of FHC, taught by award-winning faculty in the Department of English. Most sections of FHC are held in the Honors College Stopher-Johnson complex.
Requirements For Admission:
In order to participate in the Honors College Living-Learning Community, one must be admitted to the Honors College at Kent State University. For more information about the Honors College please visit: www.kent.edu/honors
How do I join?
Students interested in living in the Honors College complex, who have been admitted to the Honors College should list Clark Hall, Stopher Hall, Johnson Hall or Centennial Court B as their preferred hall and choose the Honors College LLC as a preference. Centennial Court B is ideal for those honors students who wish to reside with a non-honors student roommate. Assignments are made based on application date. Thus, the earlier you apply for your residence hall the more likely it is that you will receive an Honors College Living-Learning Community assignment.
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