Information for Prospective Students
Application Process for New First-Year Students
First-year applicants to UMD are automatically considered for invitation to the Honors College when they submit a completed undergraduate application by the early action deadline of November 1 and are admitted. There is no separate 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, and standardized test scores. Please note, for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters, UMD is test-optional. Applicants for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters have the option of choosing whether to submit an SAT/ACT score and whether those scores will be considered in the review of their application for admission. If students choose not to submit test scores, they will still be fully evaluated for admission, invitation to Honors, and considered for all merit scholarships. Please see the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for further information.
After students are invited to the Honors College, they are asked which living-learning programs capture their interest. The six available living-learning programs are: Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES), Design Cultures & Creativity (DCC), Gemstone (GEMS), Honors Humanities (HH), Integrated Life Sciences (ILS), and University Honors (UH).
In addition to participating in a living-learning program, honors students may wish to participate in a departmental honors program in their academic major. Students must apply to most departmental honors programs in the sophomore or junior year.