Information for New Students
Application Process for New First-Year Students
First-year applicants to the University of Maryland are automatically considered for admission to the Honors College when they submit a completed undergraduate application to the University by the preferred November 1 deadline and are admitted. There is no separate addendum or special application for the Honors College.
Invitations to the Honors College are extended to new first-year students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and promise. Students' applications are carefully evaluated on the basis of academic achievement in high school, rigor of high school program, application essays, letters of recommendation, participation in extracurricular activities (including work and home responsibilities), and standardized test scores. There are no numerical thresholds (such as a minimum SAT/ACT or GPA) to be considered for Honors College admission although most successful applicants are among the most academically motivated and talented students in our pool by these measures. The Honors College welcomes a nationally and internationally diverse group of students each year. There is no quota for in-state versus out-of-state students.
Once students are admitted to the Honors College (in late January), students are then asked which of the Living-Learning Programs capture their interest. There are seven to choose from: Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES); Design Cultures & Creativity; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Gemstone; Honors Humanities; Integrated Life Sciences; and University Honors.
In addition to participating in a living-learning program, Honors students may also wish to participate in a Departmental Honors Program in their academic major. Entrance to most Departmental Honors Programs is by application in the sophomore or junior year.
Transfer Students from other Colleges or Universities
Transfer students to Maryland from other colleges and universities may occasionally be admitted to the University Honors Program in the Honors College on a space-available basis, normally after two semesters of college coursework. Admission for transfer students is highly competitive and the number of spaces available varies considerably from year to year.
The University Honors application for transfer students for fall 2017 will be available on this website starting May 1, 2017. Applications for fall 2017 will be due by August 1, 2017.
Transfer students who are admitted to the University of Maryland may join the Honors College after matriculating by applying to a Departmental Honors Program in their major (normally in the sophomore or junior year). Normally students must complete at least one or two semesters of coursework at Maryland to be eligible for a departmental honors program. Please review the entrance and academic requirements for the departmental honors program in your major for more information.
Current UMD Students
Current University of Maryland students may be admitted to the University Honors Program in the Honors College on a space-available basis, normally after two semesters of coursework at Maryland.Admission for current Maryland students is highly competitive and the number of spaces available varies considerably from year to year.
The University Honors application for current University of Maryland students for fall 2017 will be available on this website starting May 1, 2017. Applications for fall 2017 will be due by August 1, 2017.
Current Maryland students may also join the Honors College by applying to a Departmental Honors Programin their major (normally in the sophomore or junior year). Please review the entrance and academic requirements for the departmental honors program in your major for more information.
Advice For Newly-Admitted Honors Students
What to know about living-learning programs
The living-learning programs are designed to help students explore their interests, regardless of major. For example, Honors Humanities or Design Cultures & Creativity can be great options for a student majoring in engineering who is also interested in the arts.
Consider Some Advice from Current Honors Students
Annie Tran ‘20
University Honors (UH)
Majors: Operations Systems Management and Business Analytics
Hometown: Germantown, MD
I would remember to keep an open mind, and remember that college isn't the time to play it safe. When you look at the different Honors living-learning programs, look for the ones that jump out at you and make you want to learn more about them. Chances are you'll continue to have this attitude as you spend your time here at the University of Maryland.
Alexandra Feggins ‘20
Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Laurel, MD
The Honors College adds a deeper level to your education because you can gain more insight and knowledge into a specific academic area. I would recommend considering an Honors College living-learning program that focuses on one of your interests or a topic that you want to learn more about.
Jayson DeNovellis ‘21
Design Cultures and Creativity
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ
Go on the Honors College website, read the descriptions for each program, and watch the videos. They will help you find out more specific information about the program and life at UMD. Plus you can get the answers to specific questions you may have right then and there.
Jacob Lapidus ‘19
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Major: Finance and Operations Management
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
The Honors College has a lot of unique, awesome opportunities, but it can be difficult finding your fit straight out of high school. As a prospective student, speaking with current students from the various Honors College living-learning programs helped me form an impression of each group's unique culture. In the end, I felt that Entrepreneurship and Innovation would supplement my business studies while also providing me with a fun atmosphere made up of dynamic, well-rounded individuals.
Christina Hnatov ‘19
Hometown: Potomac, MD
I think one of the most important things to know is that all of the living-learning programs are really wonderful, so you will definitely have an amazing experience in the Honors College! When I was submitting my preferences for a living-learning program, I thought about what I wanted to get out of my college experience and found a program that fit best with that. Gemstone was a perfect fit for me because I wanted to be surrounded by people who were interested in research, like I am, but interested in diverse subjects that I otherwise might not have been exposed to.
Chris Niccolini ‘20
Major: Government & Politics
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Step outside of your comfort zone! Your Honors College living-learning program could be completely different than your major, and that is okay. Even though I’m a government and politics major, I love the opportunity to study the classics and delve into literature. Collaboration between disciplines is one of the greatest parts about the Honors College.
Natalia Ochman ‘19
Integrated Life Sciences
Hometown: North Potomac, MD
My living-learning program has become my home. The students that are part of the program are my family. And the professionals that run the program are my mentors. You do not have to belong to a program closely aligned with your major. For instance, you do not have to be a pre-med major to be part of Integrated Life Sciences—it is a program of innovators who create value, go-getters who endeavor to provide the highest quality of work, and leaders who hold both pragmatic and abstract solutions to real-world problems. Your Honors College living-learning program will arm you with the tools and experiences you need to be successful in the professional world.