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.

Applicants who meet the following criteria will be offered admission to the Honors College:

  • High school cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, including participation in Honors, AP, or IB classes
  • ACT composite score of at least 27, with some minimum subscores necessary,
    or SAT combined score of at least 1210, with some minimum subscores necessary.
  • Excellent high school rank in class

For transfer 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 June 1 (if applying for admission for Fall 2015; December 1, if applying for admission for Spring 2016).   The maximum Honors scholarship award for a transfer student is $1,000/year.

For UA continuing students
Current UA students who wish to join the Honors College are encouraged to apply.   There are many benefits for students in the Honors College, but no additional Honors scholarships are currently available. Continuing students have a final deadline for submission of applications of June 1 (if applying for admission for Fall 2015).

About scholarships

Honors College scholarships for Fall 2015 will generally be offered based on an applicant's academic qualifications as submitted when completing the University of Akron main application. No further application is required. Additionally, see the following paragraph or webpage for a description of special endowed Honors scholarships.

Exceptionally high-achieving applicants will be invited to complete a special Honors scholarship application and will receive an invitation to be interviewed for the endowed Honors Housing Scholarships supported by the Herman Muehlstein Fund for Scholastic Aid ($2,000 for two years) and the Lisle M. Buckingham/Owen O. and Della M. Orr Honors Scholarships, as well as other endowed Honors scholarships.  Interview dates will be provided for those students once the special Honors scholarship application is received.

Honors Complex Leadership Community

Participation in the community requires an extra application.

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 for Honors Emerging Leader applications is  March 17, 2015.


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.