From the very start of their time at UMBC, Honors College members belong to a small community of talented students connected outside the classroom as well as inside. On-campus social events and off-campus cultural experiences in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the region are an integral part of an education in the Honors College. The Honors College is dedicated to realizing the deeper promise of the university experience, so that our motto — “Learning for Living” —  becomes a reality for every student.

The Honors Living-Learning Community

The Honors College Living-Learning Community (LLC), located in Susquehanna Hall, offers freshman 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. A perk of Honors College membership, freshman year on the Honors LLC is often cited by graduating seniors as one of the most rewarding experiences of their time at UMBC.

For more information about the Honors LLC, email Dr. Julie Oakes at

Find more information about Living-Learning Communities at UMBC here.

Co-curricular Activities

The Honors College facilitates a series of co-curricular activities in the fall and spring semesters to provide students with on- and off-campus enrichment and fun. Co-curricular activities include:

  • Day-trips to the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and Six Flags America
  • Annual events like the Homecoming Reception, the Honors College picnic, and Study Day Donuts (before finals week)
  • Music, dance, and theater performances at local venues like Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Arena Stage, the Folger Theatre, and the Kennedy Center

The Honors College Council

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 Charity Gala and the Retriever Bowl Trivia Contest. For more information, contact one of the officers listed below or the HCC advisor, Dr. Julie Oakes, at

2019-2020 Honors College Council Officers


  • Historian: Ghina Ammar
  • Member Development: Aarsh Sheth
  • Public Relations: Jesse Mannion
  • Special Events: Tanya Ramsey
  • Fundraising: David Trinh
  • Philanthropy and Service: Philip Do
  • Philanthropy and Service: Gabbi McLean
  • Marketing: Christina Levine

The Honors College Lounge

Honors College members have key-code access to a private lounge on the second floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, close to the Honors College office. The lounge hosts a number of Honors College events throughout the year, and is equipped with computers, printers, couches, a large table, and its own library. Members are welcome to study in the lounge at any time the library is open.