The Honors Program at UMW is a rigorous interdisciplinary learning opportunity for our highest achieving students. Students enroll in challenging learning experiences supported by engagement with the Honors community of learners. Throughout coursework, students learn to analyze their own and others’ assumptions while applying critical reading, writing, speaking, problem solving, and thinking skills to advance information literacy and enhance the engagement of their audience. In addition, participation in co-curricular activities strengthens our academic community by promoting ethical behavior and thoughtful citizenship.
The Honors Program seeks a diverse and inclusive community of scholars.
Points Of Entry into the Honors Program
Based on high school GPA, standardized test scores, and rigor of high school curriculum, most students entering the Honors program will do so upon admission to the university. However, others may apply for acceptance after matriculation, during their first year.
Who Can Apply
Students who were not accepted into the Honors Program through the Common Application to UMW may apply to the Honors Program in their first year if they fall within these guidelines:
- have a 3.2 UMW GPA or higher
- have completed no more than two semesters of study at UMW
- have completed fewer than 60 total college credits
Interested students are highly encouraged to enroll in at least one HN-designated class in Fall or Spring of their first year.
Applications will be accepted each year by February 1st.
The application consists of two parts:
1. Students should complete the online application.
2. Students should arrange to have one letter of recommendation completed by a UMW faculty member. Faculty members will complete and submit their recommendations on this site. Letters of recommendation from faculty teaching an Honors-designated course make the strongest case for admittance to the program and thus are preferred.
If You Are Accepted
Current students accepted through application to the Honors Program will be required to complete the Honors Program Track B requirements.