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

UH Computer Science Major Creates Student-Led Courses at UMD

Chris Look

Ishaan Parikh, a University Honors junior majoring in computer science co-founds the Student-Initiated Course program (STIC), which allows students to conceive and teach their own one- or two-credit course with guidance from university faculty. This semester, students are leading 15 classes across seven departments, from “Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies” to “Introduction to Ethical Hacking.” Read more about UMD's student-led courses.

Honors College Faculty

Gibran Chair to Support Women Leaders in MENA region

May Rihani

The University of Maryland was awarded a $2.5 million grant for the Women as Partners in Progress project, headed by Gibran Chair Director May Rihani. Rihani is a pioneer in girls’ education and a tireless advocate of women’s rights and empowerment. She will teach HONR359Z: The Social Expectations of Gender Roles in the Middle East and North Africa in spring 2018. Read more about UMD's grant.