The Honors Program brings students and faculty together in a community committed to inquiry and discussion. It is designed for students in any major who are highly motivated and intellectually curious. The program offers a series of interdisciplinary seminars while supporting student independent research and experiential learning. The program culminates in the Honors Thesis or Creative Project, which can be completed through a variety of approaches.  Successful defense of the thesis/project before the Honors Council grants the student the title of University Honors Scholar, the highest academic recognition bestowed by UMF.  Seminars are typically conducted in the Honors House, which contains seminar rooms, quiet study and meeting space, a private student office with desk and computer, a kitchen, and the Honors Office. The Honors House also opens onto a lovely back deck and yard with seating for use in the warmer months. Honors students have access to the Center from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm seven days per week during the fall and spring semesters.


Incoming First-Year Students
Students who graduated in the top ten percent of their high school classes, have a strong background in college-preparatory courses, and meet other criteria are invited into the  program from the Admission Office and Honors Director.

UMF Students
New or current students who feel they qualify may obtain an application from the Honors Director at 125 Lincoln Street. Students may also be recommended by UMF faculty for the program.


Incoming first-year and transfer students must take at least one Honors course during their first two semesters. All students in the program must maintain a GPA of at least 3.3. Three levels of Honors recognition are possible.  Awards are presented at the annual Honors Banquet and recognition of their achievement is applied to university transcripts.  University Honors Scholars are also recognized at commencement.


A minimum of 20 credits in Honors, including Honors Thesis or Creative Project

A minimum of 20 credits in Honors, including at least one 300- level course or above

A minimum of 12 credits in Honors