The UMKC Honors Program 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 Program 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.

Benefits of Membership in the Honors Program

The Honors Program 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)
  • A faculty Preceptor to mentor and guide you through your honors career
  • Partnership with an OWL (Older, Wiser, Learner), an upperclassman Honors Program member who serves as a friend and guide throughout the first years of college
  • Community service programs designed specifically for honors students (such as the Honors Program – 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

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

Application Deadline

Applications for admission to the Honors Program are considered on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The final application deadline is August 1 for the fall semester and January 7 for the spring semester.

How to Apply for Admission to the Honors Program