The Honors College

An academic home for students who seek intellectual challenges, the Honors College helps students broaden beyond their field of study in a community that provides an experience much like a small, liberal arts college.

About Our Program

Through small classes and interaction with faculty members, Honors College students flourish as readers, writers, thinkers, speakers, researchers, and active members of the UMBC community. Our goal is for students to realize the motto of the Honors College–discere ad vivendum, learning for living–and to become engaged, lifelong learners.

You’re invited to join the Honors College, with
access to:

  • A small, tight-knit community
  • One-on-one/dedicated, holistic advising from the Honors College
  • Study abroad, research, conference, service learning, and internship opportunities
  • The opportunity to spend your first year in the Honors College Living Learning Community
  • Small, engaging, interdisciplinary Honors College classes and enriched versions of regular classes exclusively for Honors College students
  • On-campus social events and off-campus cultural experiences and day-trips in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere

How We Support Our Scholars

Being in the Honors College provides you with great opportunities for one-on-one attention:

500 students make us a close, tight-knit community

Small seminars allow students to work closely with faculty on some of todays’ most pressing problems

Our Scholars Make a Difference

Every first-year Honors College student participates in service-learning, making a difference in our Greater Baltimore community. Many continue on with this work and for some it’s been the inspiration for founding new ventures. Honors College students are also often campus leaders, serving in student government or running campus clubs and organizations. And some of our program alumni have earned the world’s most prestigious scholarship awards.

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Are You Eligibile For the Program?

Honors College admission is open to first-year and transfer students as well as current students. To be considered you must apply to both UMBC and to the Honors College.

Important Dates and Deadlines

If you're considering applying to our program, be sure to add these important dates and deadlines for both UMBC undergraduate admission and Admission to the Honors College to your calendar:

November 1, 2020

First-Year Early Action Undergraduate Admissions
Application Deadline

We strongly recommend submitting your application to UMBC and to the Honors College by the Early Action deadline.

November 1, 2020
February 1, 2021

First-Year Regular Decision Undergraduate Admissions
Application Deadline

Final deadline for both UMBC and the Honors College for first-year students. Remember, you'll need to apply for the Honors College as well as to the university.

February 1, 2021
March 1, 2021

Transfer Priority Undergraduate Admissions Application Deadline for the Fall Semester

We encourage transfer students to submit their application to UMBC and to the Honors College by this deadline.

March 1, 2021
June 1, 2021

Transfer Regular Application Deadline for the
Fall Semester

Final deadline for both UMBC and the Honors College for Transfer Students. Remember, you'll need to apply for the Honors College as well as to the university.

June 1, 2021

Ready to learn more?

If you're interested in our program, let us know and the Honors College staff will be in touch to get you more details and learn more about what drives you.

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