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.
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.
Yes, you can negotiate with your instructor to individualize your non-Honors course to make it an Honors learning experience.
No, Honors courses are not graded any differently from regular courses.
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."
Upon completion of the APEX, all students are required to present their work publicly. Each April, the Honors College hosts a poster session on campus to display our students' work and provide a venue to complete this requirement. Students who are interested in additional opportunities to present and share their work can participate in the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in the fall or the Massachusetts statewide Undergraduate Honors Conference in the spring.
Definitely! In addition to many scheduled Honors social activities such as "Honors Hour," Honors study rooms (LIB 227 and LIB 228 Annex), and Honors Housing, the Honors College Student Council meets weekly during the semester and organizes a variety of events such as bowling, game nights (sometimes with faculty or other student organizations), movies, paint nights, volunteer drives, etc. The highlight of the social year is the annual trip in April to Six Flags Theme Park.