Admission to the Honors College
The Williams Honors College (WHC) welcomes applications from intellectually curious, self-motivated students like you who have demonstrated an ability to excel and are seeking opportunities to distinguish themselves at The University of Akron and onward.
Answers to your questions
Q&A - Common Questions
Representatives from the Williams Honors College answer common questions and help you apply!
Posted by The University of Akron on Monday, April 13, 2020
Q&A - The Student Experience
Current students and staff from the Williams Honors College share their experience.
Posted by The University of Akron on Thursday, May 21, 2020
Q&A - College Planning 101
Hear from our admissions team on how to best plan for college.
Posted by The University of Akron on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Opportunities & Scholarships
How to apply
Consideration for admission to WHC will be on the basis of a holistic review. First consideration will be given to students with the following academic credentials:
- 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale
- 27 ACT composite or 1280 SAT (total)
- Due to the uncertainty of future ACT or SAT test dates and availability, the WHC has made submitting test scores optional as part of our holistic review process.
- Please be sure to answer the test optional question on the WHC application.
- Please note: If you have potential that might not be highlighted in your academic record, or if you are entering college after meeting other responsibilities, please include a letter describing your circumstances, accomplishments and goals with your application.
Deadlines: Similar to general UA deadlines, well-qualified students are encouraged to apply well before the deadline dates.
- Jan. 4 — Priority application deadline for admission and prestigious scholarship consideration
- Apr 1 — Regular application deadline for admission and scholarship consideration
- May 1 — Deadline for admitted students to accept your seat in the Honors College
Application: Follow the steps below to apply as a new freshman to the WHC.
- Complete the The University of Akron application
- Complete the WHC application below
- Notification of admission will begin February 1 via email and mail.
- After February 1, admission emails and letters will be sent on a rolling basis.
- If you wish to check on your admissions status, feel free to email us.
Consideration for admission to WHC for transfer students:
- You have completed less than 64 credit hours
- A minimum 3.60 GPA
- If you have potential that might not be highlighted in your academic record, such as entering college after pursuing a career or meeting other responsibilities, please include a letter describing your circumstances, accomplishments and goals in your application.
- If you have accumulated more than 64 credit hours, please contact us to discuss if the Williams Honors College is right for you.
Scholarships for transfer students: You may be eligible for a renewable Honors scholarship of up to $2000.
- For details see The Akron Guarantee Scholarship for Transfer Students
- Apr 1 is the priority deadline for transfer applications for fall admission
Current UA students
Consideration for admission to WHC for current UA students:
- Must be currently enrolled at UA
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.60
- Have completed less than 64 credit hours
For questions or more details on how to apply as a current UA student, contact the Williams Honors College Admissions Office to make an appointment.
When to expect admission decision
College Credit Plus
Ohio students in grades 7-12 can enroll for free at UA to earn both college and high school credit.
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Contact us & more
For admissions questions
Associate Director of Admissions