The Honors College

The Honors College is home to Maryland’s highly acclaimed living-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-Learning Programs

Discover Honors' Living-Learning Programs

Living-Learning Programs are specialized residential programs that offer students direct connections to faculty and academic departments. Students in these living-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

Meet Class of 2022's Ambika Sikri

Ambika Sikri

Ambika Sikri, an Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) first-year student spent the summer at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab working on computer models. A graduate of James H. Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md., Ambika plans to study computer science at Maryland. Read more about Ambika's experience in Terp magazine.

Honors College Faculty

Holtz Shares 'How We Elected T. Rex' Tyrant Lizard King

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park turned 25 this year and UMD paleontologist and senior geology lecturer Thomas Holtz shares what's behind the cultural obsession with Tyrannosaurs rex in Smithsonian magazine. Get the story.