Information for Newly Admitted Students

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Admitted Student FAQs (as of Oct. 2020)

The students. Dedicated faculty and staff. The programs. Smaller classes. Honors students are intellectually energetic, full of diverse perspectives, from all majors, and are leaders in just about everything on campus. Faculty teach Honors courses on exciting, often interdisciplinary, topics. The faculty and students work together to create an exceptionally powerful and inspiring learning environment.
We work closely with the academic departments and colleges across the campus, and it’s highly recommended that our Honors students transition from their 2-year LLP experience into a departmental honors program. The Honors citation (for completing the requirements in an LLP) is a transcript notation. Completing departmental honors results in a diploma notation.
Absolutely. The Honors College is an interdisciplinary experience, and all majors are welcome.
Not necessarily. The programs are designed to allow you to explore your varied intellectual interests.
No, priority for registration for classes is based on the number of credits a student has. However, Honors students have priority to all the campus Honors version courses and exclusive access to Honors courses each year.
AP and IB credits do not count towards honors requirements; however, the university does accept these credits, which often gives students the flexibility to declare a double major or to pursue other exciting opportunities such as study abroad. Go to www.transfercredit.umd.edu/plc.html for more information and a comprehensive chart of the university’s credit exemptions.
Scholarships are definitely available for students who are already here! The best options for these are usually departmental scholarships, so depending on the student's major, they will want to check with the department or college. Additionally, the Scholarships office here on campus is available to help students apply for national and international scholarships, and our Honors students are often especially well prepared for these awards!
Study abroad is encouraged for Honors students. There are several options to study abroad and more information can be obtained by contacting the Education Abroad office. Also, if planned correctly students can study abroad without extending their time to graduate.
Some residence halls do not have A/C; however, the common rooms within those residence halls do have A/C. Current students have said that having no A/C has actually helped get to know other students, since they all congregate within the common areas. More information on resident life can be found here.
Some scholarships may be impacted based on our fall 2021 and spring 2022 Cost of Attendance (COA). Our COA includes tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses allowances. For more information regarding Banneker/Key award amounts, please visit the Banneker/Key Policy.
Deferrals go through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and if approved their invite into the Honors College and their LLP are held for one year. More information can be obtained by contacting the OUA.