Honors College

Honors College Scholarships

Honors College: Admission and scholarship information


For first-time students to UA, please complete the online admissions application to The University of Akron - you will automatically be considered for admission to the Honors College.

First consideration is given to applicants who meet the following criteria

  • High school cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, including participation in Honors, AP, or IB classes
  • ACT composite score of at least 27,
    or SAT combined score of at least 1800
  • Excellent high school rank in class
  • Complete the below scholarship application for new freshmen

For transfer and continuing students
A 3.60 or above cumulative grade-point average at the college level is required.  No  ACT or SAT scores are needed.  Please apply to UA if not already a student and then complete a separate Honors admission application.  Transfer students have a final deadline for submission of admission applications of April 16.  Scholarships are limited.

Special Reception For 2014 Accepted Honors Students - April 4, 3:30-5:30

The Honors College will be hosting a special reception for all those recently accepted into the Honors College for Fall, 2014 enrollment.  The reception will be held on Friday afternoon, April 4 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Special invitations have been mailed electronically.   Call (330) 972-7966 for more details.


Scholarship Application

The Honors College welcomes scholarship applications from all self-challenging, highly motivated and high-achieving learners who have demonstrated their abilities to excel. The electronic application through the form listed below is preferred.   Do not complete the Honors Scholarship application until you have completed the general University of Akron admissions application.

An Honors College scholarship application is separate from the general UA admissions application.  Applicants should complete that application prior to submitting an Honors College application. To be considered for scholarships other than Honors College scholarships, students must be admitted to The University of Akron by March 1. Admitted applicants will be invited to a scholarship interview with a representative of the Honors College.    Information on the Honors College Scholarship Interview days can be found at this site.

Recommendation Letter:  At least one recommendation letter is strongly encouraged. The recommender should submit his or her recommendation letters online, or click here for a hard copy of the recommendation form. The applicant must then choose to either waive, or not waive, his or her right to review the recommendation submission here. If the applicant does not complete this form, his or her right to review will be automatically waived.

If you have taken post-secondary or courses at another university, you should send at least an unofficial transcript directly to the Honors office: Honors College Admissions, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1803.


Special Leadership Communities require an extra application:
Honors Complex Leadership Community.  Applications now closed.

Honors students with extensive leadership experiences 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, that is housed near each other on the fifth floor of the Honors Complex. See information and download an application at Emerging Leaders Community. The deadline of March 17, 2014 is now passed, and no further applications will be accepted for the Honors Complex branch of the Emerging Leaders community.    Those interested in the Emerging Leaders branches in Ritchie and in Sisler-McFawn may complete the application via the link listed above.


*NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME- Honors College Scholarship Online Application

An asterisk *indicates a required field.  Make sure to complete each required field.

Do not complete this form until you have completed the general University of Akron online admissions application.    

The due date for submitting this form for Honors College Scholarship consideration has now passed.   This form is no longer active.  Do not complete or submit this form.  There will be an opportunity to apply for consideration again in several months.

Personal Info

College testing information

Highest composite ACT and/or SAT (Math+Critical Reading+Writing) score to date (Complete at least one field):

Previous Education Information

Please Check all of the following that apply:

  •  New First-year student
  •  Check this box if you are taking/have taken post-secondary course work.
     Check this box if post-secondary work was at UA
    Otherwise give the institution where the post-secondary work was taken: 
  •  Transfer Student
  •  Intend to begin your UA Honors experience at Wayne College. In this case, you need to complete the application form on the site Wayne College Branch of the Honors College, instead of this application.
  •  First-Generation College Student (Neither parent is a college graduate)

High School Information:

Awards, achievements and activities

Please complete A-your list of awards, achievements, and activities, AND B- a carefully constructed essay on one of the two topics listed, before electronically submitting your application

Please check, answer, and submit your response to ONE of the questions below.

  1.  Discuss how your travel experiences have affected you as a student and a citizen of the world.
  2.  Select a creative work—a novel, a film, a poem, a musical piece, a painting or other work of art—that has influenced the way you view the world and the way you view yourself.  Discuss the work and its effect on you.
  3.  “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend only a little of this mystery every day,” ~ Albert Einstein. Write about a personal experience or an aspect of the world that has engaged your curiosity.  
  • Your essay should be between 500-1000 words.
  • Please type your answer below.
  • Note - You may choose to "paste" your answer into the box below, but your answer must be in either ".txt" (Text Only) or "doc"(Microsoft Word) format. Other formats may cause formatting errors and may slow or prevent the processing of your application to the Honors College.

Prepare a one-minute video that says something about you. Upload it to an easily accessible Web site (if you use YouTube, we recommend using a privacy setting) and give us the URL and access code. What you do or say is totally up to you. (Unfortunately, we are unable to watch videos that come in any form other than a URL link.) Do note that this is an optional submission.

URL and Access Code

Please click the submit button below once only.

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