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Academic Life | Beyond the Campus | Student Life | Qualifications | How to Apply

Is the Honors College for you?

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Academic Life

The Honors College at UMBC is an academic home for students who seek broad intellectual challenges, a comprehensive liberal arts foundation for their chosen field of study, and a community of like-minded and dedicated scholars. Honors College students have access to special Honors courses and seminars with limited enrollment. For more information regarding the Honors College Certificate Requirements click here.

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Beyond the Campus

The Honors College experience also involves much more than the classroom—it brings students together with one another and with people and events throughout the Baltimore-D.C. region and beyond. Honors College students enjoy opportunities to study abroad, conduct research, present their work at conferences, and engage in service learning and internships. In addition, students can attend Honors College sponsored events. Recent cultural excursions have included theatre trips to New York, the Baltimore Symphony and Baltimore Opera, the Everyman Theater, the Kennedy Center, and the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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Student Life

Honors College students take full advantage of the many opportunities at UMBC, within and outside the Honors College.

The Honors College Living-Learning Community in Susquehanna Hall offers Honors College students the chance to continue their collaborative learning experiences in a relaxed residential setting. Students are able to pursue a range of academic and social activities with their peers, and to develop strong friendships through common goals, classes, conversation, and fun.

The student-led Honors College Council (HCC) coordinates cultural and social events and service projects. These events include the Lunch in the Lounge series, where students have lunch with faculty members; the annual Mirror Ball, a spring celebration; and Service Day, when Honors College students participate in service projects together. For more information about the HCC, please contact Dr. Jessica Guzmán-Rea at jessica.guzman-rea@umbc.edu.

Honors College students are also actively involved at all levels of campus life– in student government, athletics, publications, and student clubs and organizations– frequently as the leaders of student groups.

Qualifications

In reviewing applications, the Honors College places special emphasis on the written material submitted. The strength of the high school curriculum, grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores are also very important. We very strongly recommend:

For Freshman Applicants
• A minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
• An SAT score of 2100 or better on the three-part test
• An ACT score of 31 or better

The average SAT score of successful recent freshman applicants to the Honors College is more than 2120.

For Transfer Applicants and Established UMBC Students
• A minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

We look favorably on applicants who have already successfully completed honors courses, at UMBC or elsewhere.

How to Apply

Freshmen and Transfer Applicants

In addition to meeting university requirements for admission, Honors College applicants must submit an Honors College Application. We strongly encourage prospective freshmen 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 later in the fall from this website and submit it to the Honors College; applicants must also apply to UMBC.

Applications received after January 15th will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Decisions about admission to the Honors College are only made after applicants have been admitted to UMBC. Generally, these decisions are communicated in January for early-action applicants, and in April for regular applicants.

For more information on scholarships and financial aid for freshmen, please click here.

For more information on scholarships and financial aid for transfer students, please click here.

Established UMBC Students

Established UMBC students may download an Honors College application later this fall and submit it to the Honors College. Admissions decisions for established students are made on a rolling basis.