Our Mission

Academic excellence is the primary mission of the UMKC Honors College. The Honors College seeks to develop independent scholars and challenges them to achieve their potential. Our goal is to build a community of engaged learners who will enhance UMKC’s reputation as an academic leader through superior scholarship, ethical integrity and community engagement.

The Honors College draws on the full complement of opportunities offered by UMKC: a research university with strong liberal arts, performing arts and professional programs, and the rich cultural diversity of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Honors students are challenged to think across disciplines, to combine academic knowledge with ethical judgment, to engage in dialogue and service with the university and urban community, and to take leadership roles in their chosen fields of endeavor. By encouraging critical inquiry, innovation and a global perspective, the Honors College significantly enhances the undergraduate educational experience at UMKC.