Scholarships for New Freshmen

UA offers thousands of scholarships and awards more than $17 million each year in scholarship aid. With the largest endowment of any public university in northern Ohio, UA is able to give many talented students the chance to study. New freshmen students who meet the academic criteria for more than one university scholarship may be eligible to receive up to $10,500 annually in combined university scholarships.

General Scholarships range from $1,000 to $6,000 and are based on high school academic records and standardized test scores. These scholarships are awarded to new freshmen admitted by March 1 meeting the minimum criteria. They are renewable for a maximum of eight semesters. General Scholarship recipients may also receive an Honors Scholarship if admitted to the Honors College.

Scholarship details

Scholarship for Excellence $5,000-$6,000 Renewal GPA: 3.25
Presidential Scholarship $3,000-$4,000 Renewal GPA: 3.00
Student Success Scholarship $1,000-$2,500 Renewal GPA: 2.75


Admission deadline: March 1
GPA requirement: Minimum 3.00
Test requirement: Minimum 21 ACT/980 SAT Reading and Math
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

National Merit Finalist: Students who are selected as National Merit Finalists will receive a minimum $6,000 General Scholarship. Finalists who apply and are admitted to the Honors College will receive an Honors Scholarship award from the Honors College of at least $3,000.

Renewal GPA: 3.25
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

Honors Scholarships range from $500 to full tuition and fees. Every student admitted to UA who applies for admission to the Honors College prior to the honors deadline is considered for an Honors Scholarship Award. First consideration is given to those applicants meeting the following criteria. The Honors Scholarship is in addition to other general scholarships awarded at The University of Akron.

Early Honors application deadline: November 1
Standard Honors application deadline: February 1
GPA requirement: Minimum 3.50
Test requirement: Minimum 27 ACT / 1200 SAT Reading and Math or 1800 SAT Reading, Math, and Writing
Class rank: Highest 10 percent
Renewal GPA: Varies by award and academic level
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

Learn more about Honors Scholarships at The University of Akron.


Additional scholarships: Some scholarships require a demonstrated history of leadership, community service or other personal factors. Students admitted by the March 1 deadline will be considered for these scholarships. Students with specific, non-academic qualifications that they would like to have considered may complete the Supplemental Information Form.

You may also wish to contact your college and/or academic department for possible scholarship opportunities and application requirements.

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