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Program overview
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Imagine Life as a Fearless Terp

The Honors College is home to the University of Maryland’s highly acclaimed living-learning programs for students with exceptional academic talents. Living-Learning programs range from two-year programs like the multidisciplinary University Honors (UH) to the more focused Design Cultures & Creativity (DCC), Honors Humanities (HH), Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) and Integrated Life Sciences (ILS), to the multidisciplinary four-year research program - Gemstone (GEMS). Honors students have exclusive access to special honors versions of traditional classes ("H-versions") hosted by academic departments and the opportunity to join upper-level departmental honors programs in their major discipline of study.

The Honors College features small classes taught by outstanding faculty, an innovative learning environment, and opportunities for research and study in the Washington, D.C. area. The sophisticated academic offerings and friendly residential environment of the Honors College offers students a small liberal arts college experience nestled within the rich, diverse, and abundant opportunities of a big research institution. Each year, approximately 1000 undergraduates are welcomed into this highly selective academic community of scholars who call Honors College home.

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 University of Maryland Honors College gives students of great promise the opportunity to encounter new ideas and experiences, to learn through inclusive community and with deep respect for others, and to explore the power of knowledge to make a difference in the world.

    Characteristics of an Honors College Graduate:

  • critically self-reflective
  • ethically aware
  • an intellectual and creative risk-taker
  • collaborative

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Location. Location. Location.

Honors students in a group

The University of Maryland’s premiere location in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area provides students with exceptional access to research and internship experiences unrivaled by other universities. Scholarly resources of the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Folger Shakespeare Library are all located within easy commuting distance for students electing to pursue off-campus research. In addition, nearly every business, foundation, branch of government, broadcasting company, trade group, and professional organization has an office, if not its headquarters, in the D.C. area.

UMD’s beautiful campus features resources such as the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, specialized research facilities, and impressive amenities and recreation facilities. This exceptional location and close proximity to the College Park Metro Station provides easy access to an endless array of cultural events, movies, arts, sports, museums, restaurants, and shopping in the nation’s capital. Students will never exhaust all that the University of Maryland and the Washington D.C. area have to offer.