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.

Upcoming Events

Honors Events

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
Honors Humanities
Integrated Life Sciences
University Honors

Honors Students

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards Grant to Nageen Sherani

Nageen Sherani

Nageen Sherani, a senior biochemistry major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia for the 2017-18 academic year. Nageen will collaborate with STEM teachers and hopes to contribute to an after-school program where students practice conversation and presentation in English by working in groups on small STEM projects. She also hopes to volunteer in a local health clinic to improve her understanding of cultural sensitivities in patient care.


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.