You’re a prospective freshman or transfer student?

When you apply to UMBC through the Common Application, complete the Writing Supplement for the Honors College. Or, if you’re also applying to a Scholars Program at UMBC, check the box on your Scholars Program application to have it considered as your application to the Honors College as well.

If you decide to apply for the Honors College after you’ve submitted your UMBC application, you can download an application here and submit it to the Honors College via

You’re already a student at UMBC?

If you’re already an established student at UMBC, you can apply to the Honors College at any time by submitting a downloaded application to us via email. Established students are welcome to meet with an Honors College staff member to discuss their prospective membership before submitting an application.

Deadlines for Honors College applicants

First-year students can only be admitted to the Honors College for the fall semester.

Early Action: November 1

Regular Decision: February 1

Transfer can be admitted in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Fall Semester

  • Early Action: March 15
  • Regular: June 1

Spring Semester

  • Priority: November 1
  • Regular: December 15

Rolling decision


Honors College 2023 Application