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Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students | Current Students

Prospective Students: FAQs

How do I apply to the Honors College?

In addition to meeting university requirements for admission, Honors College applicants must submit an Honors College Application. We strongly encourage prospective freshmen and transfer students to complete the Honors College Application via UMBC’s Common Application. Our application appears as a Supplement to the Common Application. Applicants may also download an application form  and submit it in hard copy to the Honors College; applicants must also apply to UMBC.  Applications received after the deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.  Established UMBC students should turn in a hard copy of the application form to the Honors College.

What is the status of my Honors College application?

Decisions about admission to the Honors College are only made after applicants have been admitted to UMBC. Generally, Honors College decisions are communicated in January for early-action applicants, and in April for regular applicants.  Established student applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Does my decision from the Honors College affect my admission to UMBC?

Decisions about admission to the Honors College are only made after applicants have been admitted to UMBC.  Decisions about admission to the Honors College in no way affect admission to UMBC.

What are the benefits of becoming a member of the Honors College?

Students benefit in at least three ways from their membership in the Honors College: (a) the Honors College curriculum, (b) the Honors College community, and (c) the faculty and staff to whom they have access.  Honors College students take Honors classes and seminars, which provide challenging academic experiences across disciplines with some of UMBC’s best professors and most capable students. These classes cultivate unique skills and attitudes, including fresh perspectives from outside their majors. Honors Seminars are discussion based, so students have to learn how to civilly discuss, and disagree on, matters they may have strong feelings about, distinguishing the argument from the person making the argument, and to be respectful of the person. Because students must apply to become members of the Honors College, the Honors College is peopled by students who are committed to intellectual inquiry, hard work and the life of the mind. They want to be challenged and to be pushed, and to be around people like themselves. We also have a freshman living-learning community, which offers 45 Honors College freshmen the opportunity to live together on one residential floor and the Honors College also sponsors a wide variety of co-curricular activities, both on-campus and off.  Holistic advising and mentoring, focused on students’ longer-term ambitions, a crucial focus of the Honors College, ensuring that our students have the experiences, skills, classes and credentials they need to achieve their goals. As Honors College students apply for mid-undergraduate career fellowships, internships or research opportunities, or post-graduate education or employment, they will benefit from mentoring and need letters of recommendation. The best mentoring and letters come from faculty who know students well. Honors College students do have the chance to build these relationships, as they meet and interact with professors in small classes. These opportunities provide a rich variety of intellectual experiences that make our motto – Learning for Living – a reality.

Can I be a member of another Scholars Program and also be a member of the Honors College?

Yes, and many members of UMBC’s Scholars Programs (Meyerhoff, Linehan, Sondheim, Humanities, Center for Women in IT, and Sherman Teachers) are also members of the Honors College.  While membership in a Scholars Program gives students access to opportunities focusing on a specific area of study, the Honors College provides additional opportunities for courses, service, internships, and research across disciplines.  We work very closely with the Scholars Program staff to advise our students and to find ways for students to meet all their academic requirements.

Is there an Honors College Scholarship that I can apply for?

No. For best consideration for university scholarships, prospective students must apply to UMBC before the Early Action Deadline.

Can I arrange a visit to the Honors College or speak to an Honors College Representative?

We encourage all prospective students to visit, e-mail or call us anytime; you can contact us at honorscollege@umbc.edu or (410) 455 3720 to arrange a visit or to ask questions.  Honors College staff also participate in UMBC’s Undergraduate Admissions Preview Days, half-day programs including opportunities to visit the campus, learn about academic programs and meet with faculty and students.

Current Students: FAQs

What are the benefits to becoming a member of the Honors College?

Students benefit in at least three ways from their membership in the Honors College: (a) the Honors College curriculum, (b) the Honors College community, and (c) the faculty and staff to whom they have access.  Honors College students take Honors classes and seminars, which provide challenging academic experiences across disciplines with some of UMBC’s best professors and most capable students. These classes cultivate unique skills and attitudes, including fresh perspectives from outside their majors. Honors Seminars are discussion based, so students have to learn how to civilly discuss, and disagree on, matters they may have strong feelings about, distinguishing the argument from the person making the argument, and to be respectful of the person. Because students must apply to become members of the Honors College, the Honors College is peopled by students who are committed to intellectual inquiry, hard work and the life of the mind. They want to be challenged and to be pushed, and to be around people like themselves. The Honors College also sponsors a wide variety of co-curricular activities, both on-campus and off.  Holistic advising and mentoring, focused on students’ longer-term ambitions, a crucial focus of the Honors College, ensuring that our students have the experiences, skills, classes and credentials they need to achieve their goals. As Honors College students apply for mid-undergraduate career fellowships, internships or research opportunities, or post-graduate education or employment, they will benefit from mentoring and need letters of recommendation. The best mentoring and letters come from faculty who know students well. Honors College students do have the chance to build these relationships, as they meet and interact with professors in small classes. These opportunities provide a rich variety of intellectual experiences that make our motto – Learning for Living – a reality.

How can I schedule an appointment with my Honors College Advisor?

We encourage all current students to visit, e-mail or call us anytime, and you can contact us at honorscollege@umbc.edu or (410) 455 3720 to arrange an appointment or to ask questions.  During course registration time each semester, the Honors College staff will email their advisees with a link to schedule advising appointments online.

What is the Honors College Induction?

At this event during Welcome Week, you are formally inducted into the Honors College. Attendance at this Induction is mandatory. The dress code is business casual.  At Honors College Induction, you will meet the Honors College Staff, the student-run Honors College Council, your Student Team Leader, and your new peers. You will also be formally inducted into the Honors College. There will be a reception following the Induction which will conclude in time to participate in University Convocation.

What is the Honors College Medallion Ceremony?

The Honors College Medallion Ceremony celebrates Honors College Seniors who have successfully completed all of the requirements of the Honors College and who will graduate with a Certificate of Honors.  Graduating Seniors can invite family and friends to this formal event, which includes a student-selected speaker from the graduating class, the Honors College Faculty Member of the Year Award, and an opportunity for each Graduating Senior from the Honors College to be recognized and to speak about plans after UMBC.  At the ceremony, you will receive your Honors College Medallion to wear at commencement the following day.

When will my Honors College Certificate be sent to me?

Your Certificate will be mailed to you after your graduation has been cleared through UMBC and you have fulfilled all the requirements of the Honors College Certificate.

Where can I locate information about Honors College Certificate Requirements?

The requirements of the Honors College Certificate are available online and you may track your progress through your MyUMBC Degree Audit. If you have any questions about fulfilling Honors College Certificate Requirements, please contact your Honors College advisor directly, or email honorscollege@umbc.edu.