The UMKC Honors College seeks exceptionally motivated and academically talented undergraduates of all majors to study in an environment that challenges students to realize their greatest potential. The Honors College combines the academic, cultural and research opportunities of an urban research university with the personalized advising, close-knit community and small classes of a liberal arts college.

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Benefits of Membership in the Honors College

The Honors College offers special opportunities and benefits to its students, both within and beyond the classroom. These benefits include:

  • Early registration before other students on campus
  • Honors-only housing in the Oak Street Residence Hall (the Honors Living/Learning Community)
  • UMKC faculty who will individually guide you in your honors work
  • Community service programs designed specifically for honors students (such as the Honors College – Kauffman School Partnership)
  • Special courses for honors students
  • Individual advising for national scholarships (including the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall Scholarships)
  • Honors-only summer study abroad programs
  • Free tickets to UMKC Theatre Department productions
  • Graduate-level check-out privileges at the Miller Nichols Library

Whether you are an incoming freshman, a transfer student, or a currently enrolled student at UMKC, you will find that the Honors College provides many educational advantages. Explore the tabs on this page to learn more about the Honors College admission requirements.

Application Deadline

Applications for admission to the Honors College are considered on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply early. The priority deadline for applications is January 15 for the fall semester and October 31 for the spring semester. Applications submitted after these priority deadlines may also be considered on a space‑available basis. The final application deadline is August 1 for the fall semester and November 30 for the spring semester.

How to Apply for Admission to the Honors College