Honors College at The University of Akron


The Honors College


Honors College studentsBE INSPIRED by your professors and by your high-achieving classmates inside the special intellectual community that is UA's Honors College.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and possess broad academic interests and achievements.

Scholarships and academic benefits

Honors College ComplexOur college fosters a sense of community for self-challenged, high-achieving learners through:

  • honors merit scholarships are $500 and $1,000;
  • special honors sections of many introductory classes;
  • honors seminars (Colloquia) for second- through fourth-year students;
  • faculty advisers in the student’s major;
  • an honors residence with private bathrooms; and
  • personal academic/career advisers.


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Throughout the summer, incoming students will participate in the Honors Leadership Summit. Speakers and dates.

Aug. 27 | Leadership Summit Capstone Program. Featured Speaker: Mark T. Smucker, President, Consumer and Natural Foods,              The J.M. Smucker Company.

Aug. 28-30 | New Roo Weekend for new students

Aug. 31 | First day of the fall term. Welcome, all!

Sept. 14 | Honors Welcome Convocation. 

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Honors Leadership Summit Program


Having traveled the world, graduate now strives to pay it forward with video
FeerastaAniqa Feerasta, an Honors College alumnae now working at Amazon, has lived in New Zealand, Australia and Afghanistan. She says she's always had "a curiosity about the wider world" and a desire to work and travel abroad.

Disney Imagineer says richness of time at UA made career possible with video
Mike HoneckHonors College alum Mike Honeck explored a wide range of interests during his years at UA, and it launched him on his path to a Walt Disney Imagineer.

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Welcome Dr. Ransom!

We’re delighted to introduce Dr. Lakeesha K. Ransom as the new dean of the Honors College.

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Dr. Lakeesha K. Ransom

Dr. Ransom comes to UA from the University of Toledo, where she was the chief academic and administrative officer and founding dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College.

She is highly experienced in developing innovative learning initiatives and problem-solving strategies, along with entrepreneurship programs. Learn more about our new dean.

She succeeds the college’s first dean, Dr. Dale Mugler, who retired June 30. Thank you, Dr. Mugler, for your service and leadership!

Dr. Ransom will start Aug. 1.


Honors College alum sets his sights on space travel

Scott Eastbourn had no idea his dream job would be in the Mojave Desert when he came to The University of Akron to major in mechanical engineering. But that’s where he is — working for Virgin Galactic on projects that could change space travel as we know it.

Eastbourn, who was a member of the Honors College while at Akron, says it the college challenged him and provided ample opportunities.

"When I came to The University of Akron, I was blown away by the Honors College and the College of Engineering," Eastbourn says. "It didn't take much time for me to realize we had an awesome opportunity right here at home."

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