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.


  • Nov. 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 Williams Honors College Supplemental Application is now open

Thank you for your interest in the Williams Honors College. First year admission to the WHC is by invitation through the UA admissions process.

  1. Complete the UA undergraduate admissions application by February 1 (the early admission and scholarship consideration deadline is November 1).
  2. Admitted students who meet the WHC admission criteria will receive an email invitation to apply.
  3. Complete the online supplemental application for the Williams Honors College.

For transfer students

Transfer students should generally have fewer than 60 semester credits to be considered for admission to the Williams Honors College.

Click here to apply as a transfer student.

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 Williams Honors College Admissions Office at 330-972-6261 to make an appointment.

Click here to apply as a continuing UA student.

If you have questions

If you have questions, call the Williams Honors College Admissions Office at 330-972-6261.

Other opportunities that require separate application

Honors Complex Emerging Leaders 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.