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The Williams Honors College at The University of Akron

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The Williams Honors College (WHC) welcomes applications from intellectually curious, self-motivated students like you who have demonstrated an ability to excel and are seeking opportunities to distinguish themselves at The University of Akron and onward.

Answers to your questions

Q&A - Common Questions

Representatives from the Williams Honors College answer common questions and help you apply!

Posted by The University of Akron on Monday, April 13, 2020

Q&A - The Student Experience

Current students and staff from the Williams Honors College share their experience.

Posted by The University of Akron on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Q&A - College Planning 101

Hear from our admissions team on how to best plan for college.

Posted by The University of Akron on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Opportunities & Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities

Every student admitted to WHC is awarded an Honors Scholarship, on top of any other academic scholarships awarded at UA. Also, every admitted Honors student is considered for a host of additional scholarship opportunities for WHC students.

  • Jan 4 — Deadline for prestigious scholarship consideration
  • Apr 1 — Deadline for scholarship consideration

Emerging Leaders

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. See the details and the application for the Emerging Leaders Community.

How to apply

New Freshman

Consideration for admission to WHC will be on the basis of a holistic review. First consideration will be given to students with the following academic credentials:

  • 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • 27 ACT composite or 1280 SAT (total)
    • Due to the uncertainty of future ACT or SAT test dates and availability, the WHC has made submitting test scores optional as part of our holistic review process.
    • Please be sure to answer the test optional question on the WHC application.
  • Please note: If you have potential that might not be highlighted in your academic record, or if you are entering college after meeting other responsibilities, please include a letter describing your circumstances, accomplishments and goals with your application.

Deadlines: Similar to general UA deadlines, well-qualified students are encouraged to apply well before the deadline dates.

  • Jan 4 — Priority deadline for admission and prestigious scholarship consideration
  • Apr 1 — Regular deadline for admission and scholarship consideration
  • Jun 1 — Admitted students must accept your seat in the WHC

Application: Follow the steps below to apply as a new freshman to the WHC.

  1. Complete the The University of Akron application
  2. Complete the WHC application below
  3. Expect acceptance letters to be mailed within 3-4 weeks of applying.
    • If you wish to check on your admissions status, feel free to email us.

Apply to the Honors College now

Transfer students

Consideration for admission to WHC for transfer students:

  • You have completed less than 64 credit hours
  • A minimum 3.60 GPA
  • If you have potential that might not be highlighted in your academic record, such as entering college after pursuing a career or meeting other responsibilities, please include a letter describing your circumstances, accomplishments and goals in your application.
  • If you have accumulated more than 64 credit hours, please contact us to discuss if the Williams Honors College is right for you.

Scholarships for transfer students: You may be eligible for a renewable Honors scholarship of up to $2000.

Deadlines:

  • April 1 is the priority deadline for transfer applications for Fall admission

Apply now as a transfer student

Current UA Students

Consideration for admission to WHC for current UA students:

  • Must be currently enrolled at UA
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.60
  • Have completed less than 64 credit hours

For questions or more details on how to apply as a current UA student, contact the Williams Honors College Admissions Office to make an appointment.

Apply now as a current UA student

Contact us & more

For admissions questions

Sarah Psihountakis
Associate Director of Admissions
330-972-6261
sas107@uakron.edu

Contact the Honors College

Phone: 330-972-7966
Email: honors@uakron.edu
Address: 180 S. College St.
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325–1803
(see on campus map)