The Honors College

The Honors College is home to Maryland’s highly acclaimed living and learning programs for students with exceptional academic talents. The Honors College welcomes students into a close-knit community of faculty and intellectually gifted undergraduates committed to acquiring a broad and balanced education. The Honors College features small classes taught by outstanding faculty who encourage discussion and foster innovative thinking. Each year, approximately 1000 undergraduates are welcomed into this highly selective program.

Honors College is all about the people — a truly exceptional group of people. Honors scholars are lively students from all majors who are intellectually curious, creative, and inspired by diverse ideas. Combine excellent students with superb faculty in small classes and the result is a power-packed and highly effective learning environment. Honors students thrive in this stimulating environment, develop lasting friendships, and succeed in their academic and professional pursuits.

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Honors College Living and Learning Programs

Discover Honors' Living and Learning Programs

Living and Learning Programs are specialized residential programs that offer students direct connections to faculty and academic departments. Students in these living and learning communities can explore thematic programs with sequential courses or design an honors curriculum based on their academic interests. The Honors College programs are:

ACES - Cybersecurity
Design Cultures & Creativity
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Gemstone
Honors Humanities
Integrated Life Sciences
University Honors

Honors Students

Integrated Life Sciences Senior Named 2017 Marshall Scholar

Aaron Solomon

Honors College senior Aaron Solomon was recently awarded the 2017 Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious honor that will allow him to pursue graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom. With a major in biological sciences and a minor in computer science, the Integrated Life Sciences senior plans to attend Imperial College London for a Master of Science degree in genomic medicine and the University of Cambridge for a Master of Philosophy degree in bioscience enterprise. Read more about Aaron's story.

Honors College Faculty

Afghan Ambassador Teaches Seminar on Islamic Radicalization

Omar Samad

Former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France, Omar Samad, will be teaching an honors seminar this spring on radicalism within Islam. This new and eye-opening course, "Radicalization Within Islam: 21st Century Drivers, Challenges, and Policy Options," is a partnership between UMD's Honors College and the American University of Afghanistan. Learn more about the seminar.