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 - Extended to March 1, 2018

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

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

Important: Complete the application for admission to UA before the Honors College supplemental application, which is lower on this page.

Our supplemental application will ask:

  • Students standing in front of the Honors ComplexProvide a detailed list of awards, achievements, and activities both in and out of school
  • Include a response of between 500 and 1,000 words to one of the following essay topics:
    • The Williams Honors College seeks students who have developed their innate intellectual curiosity, so much as to investigate topics or subjects on their own, independent of a course in school. What in your experience would be evidence that you are a person who has developed intellectual curiosity? Tell us about that evidence.
    • The Williams Honors College values community among scholars. It is a characteristic of our College, so much that the motto of the College is “A Tradition of Community.” Describe a scholastic event or situation where you participated with others to discuss or solve an academic problem. In addition to your description, discuss the nature of your own contribution and the advantages of community in intellectual inquiry.
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)

Start the application

Printed forms may be sent to:
Williams Honors College
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1803

If invited, interview with a representative of the Williams Honors Advisory Council for additional scholarship awards.

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.

Special Honors Academy for College Credit Plus Students

The Honors Academy for College Credit Plus Students welcomes applications from all self-challenging, highly motivated, and high achieving high school students who have demonstrated their abilities to excel.

Details and application