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What is the Honors College? 

The Honors College at UMass Dartmouth is part of the state-wide Commonwealth Honors Scholars Program. Students who graduate from the Honors College receive special recognition on their transcripts, diplomas, and at Honors Convocation. Graduating from the Honors College is a wonderful way to prepare for graduate school or to set oneself apart for potential future employers. It is a great accomplishment for your resume, whether you are applying for a job, medical school, law school, or graduate school. 

What makes a course an Honors course? 

Honors courses are taught by our highly qualified Honors instructors. Honors courses have much smaller class sizes than regular courses, and generally involve more interaction between students and instructors. Honors courses offer innovative teaching and course enhancements. Honors courses are also highly intellectually stimulating and create a unique environment for maximum learning. 

Can I take a regular non-Honors course for Honors credit? 

Yes, you can negotiate with your instructor to individualize your non-Honors course to make it an Honors learning experience.

Are Honors courses graded differently than regular courses? 

No, Honors courses are not graded any differently from regular courses. 

Are Honors courses weighted differently in my GPA? 

No, Honors courses are weighted just like any other course in terms of your overall GPA. However, honors courses are specially marked on your college transcript as "Honors courses." 

What opportunities are there for me to present my work? 

Students who are interested in presenting and sharing their work can participate in the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in the fall or the Massachusetts statewide Undergraduate Honors Conference in the spring. 

Are there opportunities for me to meet and interact with other Honors students? 

Definitely! In addition to many scheduled Honors social activities, such as "pizza with professors," and the study room for students in the Honors Center, the Honors College Student Council meets weekly during the semester and organizes a variety of events that range from bowling, paint nights, games nights (sometimes with faculty or other student organizations) to volunteer drives. The highlight of the social year is the annual trip in April to Six Flags Theme Park.


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