Information for Current Students

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Frequently Asked Questions

LLP Transfer Policy
Admission Policy


FAQ, LLP Transfer Policy for HC students matriculating fall 2020 and later

For students who matriculated to the Honors College in fall 2020 or after, the policy allows students to transfer from their current HC LLP to any other program within the Honors College.

The application will typically be made available mid-late spring semester on the Honors College website. Notifications will go out in late May.

Students will only be allowed to apply once, generally towards the end of their freshman year; however, they may indicate interest for consideration in as many as two HC LLPs.

Students will be afforded the opportunity to support their application with a statement of interest to the desired LLP(s).

Unfortunately, there will be no guarantees. If students are not offered an invitation, they are welcome to remain in their current LLP.

Students must have a cumulative 3.00 GPA. In some cases, such as with ILS, there may be required courses. In all cases, with all of the LLPs, demonstrated sincere interest in the LLP and available space will be of primary consideration. Student conduct and housing stipulations are also factors.

While we think the Honors College is a great opportunity for students regardless of LLP, we do respect each student’s autonomy to make their own academic choices. Any student wishing to disenroll from the Honors College is asked to speak with their current LLP to complete an exit survey. This will begin the administrative process to be removed from the Honors College.

In most cases, the decision is final. In rare circumstances, the receiving LLP may submit an exception to policy to the Executive Director for review.

Depending on the year and available space, an LLP may maintain a waitlist should spaces open. This will generally operate on a case by case, year by year basis and is not a guarantee.

Students will be asked to accept or decline their invitation but ultimately, and within a reasonable timeframe, e.g. before the first day of classes of the following term, we want students to be in the LLP that they feel best suits them.

No. Students who wish to transfer will be expected to complete all LLP coursework.

Students who wish to transfer to a HC LLP will begin coursework of their new LLP in the fall semester with the incoming cohort.

In most cases, yes. However, for LLPs that require housing such as ILS and ACES, you must live in the assigned LLP housing with your new academic cohort in order to participate in those programs. This does mean that you will need to follow Resident Life regulations and be eligible for housing in order to acquire housing in those spaces during spring housing assignments for the following fall semester.

The living-learning programs include:
  • Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES)
  • Design Cultures & Creativity (DCC)
  • Gemstone (GEMS)
  • Honors Humanities (HHUM)
  • Integrated Life Sciences (ILS)
  • University Honors (UH)

Yes. While you may complete your degree requirements and graduate as planned, Gemstone will allow students to finish requirements for the Gemstone Citation one to two semesters later. Please see Gemstone’s early graduation policy which allows for students to graduate from the University one year or one semester before they are scheduled to earn their Gemstone citation. Students should discuss their plans with Gemstone staff and their team in advance of their plan to graduate early.

Yes, this policy is revised based upon student recommendations and curricular changes within the Honors College. We value student input so students were absolutely consulted. We hosted focus groups in spring 2019 and feedback sessions for the policy recommendations in fall 2019. Also, Honors College Student Advisory Board members were given an opportunity to provide feedback and consultation.

FAQ, Admission Policy for students looking to join the honors college

Current UMD students not in the Honors College or new incoming transfers may seek application to the Honors College in mid-summer. Students generally need a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for consideration.

The application is available July 1 on the Honors College website and is due by August 1.

No. Unfortunately, the Honors College is a competitive program and spaces are limited.

Yes, there are over forty departmental/college honors programs on campus that provide opportunities for individual research often culminating in a thesis. See your academic department for more information.

Advanced students who apply to join the Honors College will be allowed to indicate interest in up to two of the HC LLPs on the application.

An essay is required for the application and students will be afforded the opportunity to support their LLP requests with a statement of interest.

Students must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA to apply to the Honors College. In some cases, such as with ILS, there may be additional required academic work. In all cases, with all of the LLPs, demonstrated sincere interest in the LLP and available space will be of primary consideration. Student conduct and housing stipulations are also factors.

Students who are not able to participate in an LLP would not receive an invitation to the Honors College.

Generally, a waitlist is not maintained.

Generally, none. With the exception of perhaps the ILS program, the HC program courses are unique to the LLP and are not offered elsewhere on the College Park campus or at other institutions. You would need to consult with your LLP should you be invited to the Honors College and an LLP.

Yes. Students who wish to join the Honors College will begin coursework of their new LLP in the fall semester with the incoming cohort which is comprised mostly of first year students.

In most cases, housing is not a concern. However, for LLPs that require housing such as ILS and ACES, you must live in the assigned LLP housing with your new academic cohort (mostly first year students) in order to participate in those programs. This does mean that you will need to follow Resident Life regulations and be eligible for housing in order to acquire housing in those spaces during spring housing assignments for the following fall semester.

The living-learning programs include:
  • Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES)
  • Design Cultures & Creativity (DCC)
  • Gemstone (GEMS)
  • Honors Humanities (HHUM)
  • Integrated Life Sciences (ILS)
  • University Honors (UH)

Yes. While you may complete your degree requirements and graduate as planned, Gemstone will allow students to finish requirements for the Gemstone Citation one to two semesters later. Please see Gemstone’s early graduation policy which allows for students to graduate from the University one year or one semester before they are scheduled to earn their Gemstone citation. Students should discuss their plans with Gemstone staff and their team in advance of their plan to graduate early.

Every new student will receive a welcome communication from their new LLP along with all the opportunities and benefits afforded to all students in that program.