Information for Prospective Students

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Current UMD Students

Current students at the University of Maryland who are interested in applying to the Honors College have several options.

First-year students

Current students who have completed one year of coursework at the University of Maryland can apply to join the University Honors living-learning program in the Honors College. Admission for current UMD students is highly competitive and the number of spaces available is extremely limited. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required to apply. The Current Student Application to University Honors for fall 2019 will be available in May 2019. Applications are due by August 1, 2019.

First-year students enrolled in College Park Scholars, CIVICUS, and Global Communities are eligible to apply to the Honors College. If admitted, students must withdraw from those programs to join the Honors College. Fall 2019 First-year students enrolled in FIRE are eligible to apply to the Honors College and may be members of University Honors and FIRE at the same time.

Sophomores or juniors

Students should consider applying to a departmental honors program in their major or college. Students who were not previously in the Honors College and are admitted to departmental honors automatically become members of the Honors College. Students should review the entrance and academic requirements for the departmental honors program in their major for more information.

Students interested in cybersecurity

Students should consider applying to the ACES Minor in Cybersecurity. Students who were not previously in the Honors College and are admitted to the ACES Minor automatically become members of the Honors College. The application is available every fall and spring semester.

Additionally, there are different options available depending on a student's number of credits and major. For example, students may join University Honors and enroll in departmental honors.

Questions?

Please contact honors@umd.edu.