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Honors Program

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.” ~Socrates

Honors LogoThe Honors Program at the University of Maine at Augusta offers those students who have demonstrated intellectual potential and personal commitment an enriched academic experience. Not only will studies at UMA be enhanced socially and intellectually, but the Honors student will be better prepared to continue his or her advanced studies and bring academic talents and abilities to the attention of prospective employers.

The Honors Program is not a separate degree program, but is designed to augment the course work required for a degree. In most cases, honors courses can be substituted for required or elective credits.

Any student, upon recommendation of the Director of the Honors Program, may register for an Honors course without being formally admitted into the program. However, to graduate from the program with honors designation, a student must meet the specific requirements of the Honors Program.

The requirements of the Honors Program are flexible to meet the needs of our students – whether part-time, full-time, traditional, or non-traditional.

Participants in the Honors Program are eligible for Honors Program Scholarships, either as entering degree students or as continuing students.

Professor Susan Baker congratulates UMA Honors Program member Peter Hartung at Convocation

Professor Susan Baker congratulates UMA Honors Program member Peter Hartung at Convocation

UMA Honors Program Projects

  • UMA Scholar-THANK YOU for your submissions we will open the submission process for FY 15-16 in the Spring of 2016.
  • Interdisciplinary Student Conference, April 29.


Why consider the Honors Program?

  • To become an independent learner
  • To work closely with faculty mentors
  • To study topics with greater depth and breadth and through interdisciplinary inquiry
  • To experience a stimulating atmosphere of intellectual exchange
  • To enhance preparation for further education (graduate, professional, etc.)
  • To participate in scholarly activities (UMS Honors Weekend, The UMA Scholar, National Collegiate Honors Council, Northeast Region of NCHC)
  • To develop and improve leadership skills

Comments from Honors Program Graduates

“The Honors Program enabled me to exceed academic expectations; reach new heights in leadership; and grow closer to faculty, peers, and staff, whose positive influence will stay with me always.”
Patricia Friedman, MBA candidate

“I found it stimulating to be around people with goals similar to mine. The opportunities for camaraderie and networking abound.” Lou Flori, UM Law School

“The Honors Program allowed the graduate school to see that I was a student serious about my education.”
Laura Church, Boston University, School of Theology

“Working with other motivated students in quality honors courses has been a highlight of my UMA experience.”
Amy Peterson, University of Vermont, Graduate School

Honors Program Admission Requirements

Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Rank in the top 25% of the high school graduating class.
Test into college-level courses based on college placement tests (unless waived).
Have a minimum U.M.A. G.P.A. of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
Have accumulated at least 12 U.M.A. credit hours.
Complete U.M.A.’s Placement Tests in reading, mathematics, and writing (unless waived).
Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale from the transferring institution.
Have a minimum of 12 transfer credit hours.

All applicants must complete an Application for Admission Form and submit three (3) letters of reference, at least two of which must be from current or former teachers.

OPTIONAL:  Include a letter explaining any special circumstances the applicant would like the Honors Council to take under consideration.

For application materials or additional information, please contact:


Director of the Honors Program
The University of Maine at Augusta
46 University Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330
Telephone (207) 621-3295