The Honors Program at UMW seeks to build a diverse and inclusive cohort of undergraduates, faculty, and community partners. At the heart of what we all do is learning–in classrooms, labs, programs, fieldwork, service opportunities, late night conversations, and quiet moments outside. We learn not only from books but from each other and our world, with the goal of being accomplished, rich thinkers and ethical, dedicated citizens.
The Honors Commons provides a home base for scholars in a central campus location and is a designated space to build collaborative relationships and friendships in the Honors Program, while our unique activities offer students not only intellectual development but also relaxation and fun. But the Honors cohort at UMW is somewhat unique in that our scholars have repeatedly sought to balance the privilege of being in the Honors Program with full integration into the campus culture, through opening our small Honors-designated classes to any interested students as space allows, welcoming others to our programs and activities, and choosing to live in open housing rather than a specific Honors dorm or hall. Mirroring the wider ethos of UMW, our vision of leadership and accomplishment is rooted in community engagement.