THE WILLIAMS HONORS COLLEGE
Admission and scholarship information
For first-time students to UA
The Williams Honors College welcomes applications from all self-challenging, highly motivated and high achieving learners who have demonstrated an ability to excel. Consideration for admission to the Williams Honors College will be done by 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
For transfer students
Transfer students should generally have fewer than 60 semester credits to be considered for admission to the Williams Honors College.
The Supplemental Application
- Application for admission to UA (complete the application for admission before the Honors College supplemental application, below)
- WHC supplemental application: We’re putting the finishing touches on the application. We can email you when it’s ready.
Our supplemental application will ask:
- Provide 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)
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, 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 2016).
If you have questions
If you have questions, call the Williams Honors College at 330-972-7966.
Honors scholarship opportunities
The Williams Honors College awards renewable Honors scholarships based on an applicant's academic qualifications. The awards may be renewed and typically range from $500 for most students up to $1,000 per year for some students. No separate application is required.
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.