Prospective Students

Due to the public health concerns associated with COVID-19, in-person tours of the Honors College are temporarily suspended. Please contact our main office with questions at honors@maine.edu.

Welcome to the UMaine Honors College Prospective Students page!

We are busy preparing for the Fall semester! The Honors College considers all first year students who apply to UMaine for membership in Honors. Invitations to selected students will start being sent in December of each year and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the application period.

We are always happy to hear from our prospective students! To set up an appointment to talk about Honors, please contact us

Members of the Honors College are always present at Open Houses and Accepted Student Day events. Please check the UMaine Admissions page for an updated schedule. 


To ask a question of a current student, contact one of our Honors College Student Ambassadors.


We have faculty in Honors from all different disciplines. Click here to learn more about them!

The Honors College Brochure


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Honors College?
The Honors College provides academically motivated and enthusiastic students at the University of Maine with the intellectual experience and close working relationship with faculty members characteristic of the best small colleges, coupled with the extensive choice of majors and opportunities for original scholarship available at a nationally-recognized research university. The Honors College is a community of approximately eight hundred students and numerous faculty members who share a common commitment to learning which both broadens and deepens the educational endeavor. 

What is special about Honors education at The University of Maine?
The Honors College provides an approach to education quite different from what you would find in many traditional educational settings. Honors classes, preceptorials and tutorials, are very small (8-14 students representing a wide range of disciplines) and are based on active learning and critical engagement. This means that you learn by asking questions, by writing, and by interacting with your fellow classmates and faculty facilitators. Honors classes are taught by a range of dedicated and talented professors. Students say that their Honors courses teach you to ask good questions and to find your own answers, instead of depending on authorities to tell you what is correct. 

How do I join Honors?
There is no separate application for Honors. The Honors College automatically considers all first year students who apply to UMaine for membership in Honors. Invitations to selected students will start being sent in November of each year and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the application period.

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The Honors Ambassadors

Honors College Ambassadors are current Honors students from a variety of years and majors. They serve as community builders and resources for prospective and current students through admissions events, student programming, one-on-one conversations, and more. If you are interested in learning more about Honors from the perspective of a current student, we encourage you to reach out to one of our Ambassadors!

In the video shown here, you can meet a few of our Honors Ambassadors and hear about some of their favorite places on campus.

Click here to learn more about and contact the Honors Ambassadors!