Why Join University Honors?

Learn in small classes with UH faculty and other UH students

Share living space with other UH students, if you so choose, in the beautiful Ianni Hall

Network with Duluth community leaders, business owners, and faculty in a variety of settings including, dinners, field trips, active classrooms, our Perspectives Speaker Series, and other UH special events                                     

Travel & study abroad supported by the University Honors Study Abroad Scholarship

Distinguish yourself from the crowd. Less than 2% of UMD undergraduates are accepted into UH. 

Control your class schedule. UH Students have priority registration after their first semester.

"I chose to apply to UH because I thought it would both challenge me and give me a sense of community within UMD. Throughout my first year, both of my assumptions were proved right. I have made so many connections within the UH community and have made so many friends through Honors classes, living on the Honors floor, and participating in other UH activities. Although the requirements of UH seemed daunting at the beginning of the first semester, they provided me with a healthy balance of activities and challenges that have improved my college experience. In all, my involvement in UH has helped me adjust to college life, provided me with opportunities that wouldn't be possible outside of the program, encouraged me to build connections within and outside the UMD community through volunteering, and helped me make priceless friendships and connections."

  Meghan Hesterman, UH Class of 2023, Pre-Unified Early Childhood Studies Major, 
  Hispanic Studies Minor - Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and Cultural 
  Ambassador in Uruguay

"One of the biggest reasons I chose UH was because of the community. I looked forward to being surrounded by people who were driven and passionate, and I was anything but disappointed. University Honors also offered great classes that went deeper than the often cursory liberal education requirements. Also, free printing,  study abroad scholarships, and being pushed to volunteer and get out into the community was beneficial."

  Nick Kellar, UH Class of 2023, Psychology & History 

"Being in UH gives you the opportunity to take unique classes that use non-traditional teaching techniques! The courses I took through UH were some of my favorites and all my classmates were also honors students (aka SUPER engaged)!"   

  Stine Myrah (She/Her/Hers); 2021 Sieur Du Luth Award Recipient;  UH Class of 2021
  Social Anthropology Masters Student: University of Oslo 

"I joined University Honors to surround myself in a community that cares, with faculty that are invested in me, and for awesome classes and experiences that shaped my undergraduate education."   

  Kate France, UH Class of 2021, Student Pharmacist | University of Minnesota


"I am grateful for the close friends I made and the friends who became family through the University Honors Program. The opportunity to take UH courses, conduct research abroad, and go to perspective events helped build relationships with faculty and my peers. Now, in my last year, I am so glad to have these connections and support all around me."   

  Oliver Oliver Yehlik, 2023 URSA Alum, UH Class of 2024

"To put it simply, I believe UH is what got me accepted to grad school and completely changed the trajectory of my life. It taught me that my thoughts are valued, which encouraged me to speak up in class and be confident in grad school interviews. By requiring NCEs, I developed teaching and volunteering interests that I didn't have before and that has made me a more well-rounded person. The capstone project was also immensely useful in showing the master's and PhD faculty that I could handle conducting independent research and thesis writing. Currently, I am the only student in the Master of Nursing program who was also admitted to the direct-entry PhD in Nursing program. I am definitely not the same person that I was when I arrived at UMD and without UH, I certainly would not be where I am today."  

  Allison Krueger, UH Class of 2018, Biology and Hispanic Studies

If you are serious about your education and love thinking and learning, please visit our apply page for more information.