Students in the Williams Honors College at the University of Akron


Admission to the College

Don't miss: Scholarship opportunities for Williams Honors College students

For first-time students to UA

The Williams Honors College welcomes applications from high-achieving, self-motivated students who have demonstrated an ability to excel and are seeking opportunities to distinguish themselves. Consideration for admission to the Williams Honors College will be on the basis of a holistic review. First consideration will be given to students with the following academic credentials:

  • 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 27 ACT composite or 1280 SAT (new) total/1210 SAT (old) total

If you have potential that might not be highlighted in your academic record, if you are transferring from another college or university, or if you are entering college after pursuing a career or meeting other responsibilities, please include with your application a letter describing your circumstances, accomplishments and goals.

Similar to the general University scholarship deadlines, well-qualified students are encouraged to apply well before the deadline dates.


  • Dec. 1 – Early admission and scholarship consideration for Williams Honors College
  • Feb. 1 – Regular admission and scholarship consideration for Williams Honors College

Students admitted to the Williams Honors College must accept their seat in the college by May 1.

The WHC Application is closed for the Fall 2018 admissions cycle. The application will be available below when the Fall 2019 admissions cycle begins. For questions, please contact our Admissions Office.

For transfer students

Transfer students should generally have fewer than 60 semester credits to be considered for admission to the Williams Honors College. Additional information is available on the William Honors College supplemental application.

The Williams Honors College Supplemental Application is now closed

Thank you to all of the students who have applied to join us in the Williams Honors College (WHC) at The University of Akron. The application deadline was March 1, 2018, and the application is now closed. As we conclude our review of the most recent applicants, please let us know if you have any questions.

If you missed the deadline and are interested in joining the WHC after your first year at The University of Akron, please contact Interim Dean, Sarah Cravens in your second semester. Please note that you must end your first year at or above a 3.6 GPA to join the WHC.

For UA continuing students

Current UA students with a minimum GPA of at least 3.6 and under 64 credit hours completed may contact the Honors College at 330-972-7966 to make an appointment.

Continuing students have a final deadline for submission of applications of August 15 (if applying for admission for Fall 2018).

If you have questions

If you have questions, call the Williams Honors College at 330-972-7966.

Other opportunities that require separate application

Honors Complex Leadership Community

Honors students with extensive leadership experience may wish to apply for the Honors Complex Emerging Leaders Community. 

This is a residential community of students with leadership background, independent of college major, who are housed near each other on the fifth floor of the Honors Complex.

Participation in the community requires an extra application. Get details and the application for the Emerging Leaders Community.