About the UNE Honors College

A program of recognition and empowerment for select, highly motivated undergraduate students.

Advanced Education for Inspired Learners

The UNE Honors College is designed for a carefully chosen group of undergraduate students seeking to take their education to the next level. As an intellectual community within the University, the Honors cohort enjoys unique living and learning opportunities. From simple benefits like early class registration, to valuable stipends for scholarly projects, the prestigious UNE Honors College offers the recognition and opportunity that exceptional students have earned.

The Honors College Experience

Imagine co-housing with motivated students from diverse areas of study, within an inspiring environment just steps from the ocean. You and your fellow Honors students spur each other forward, share ideas, and attend special seminars together. Professors mentor you in developing and carrying out passion projects. On our beautiful Maine campuses or traveling globally, the Honors College experience will take your education as far as you can imagine, enhancing your skills and resume. And because Honors students can come from any background and major, each experience is different but equally rewarding.

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Benefits for Selected Students

In addition to the enhanced career opportunities that Honors recognition provides, the UNE Honors College offers numerous privileges:

  • Honors College residential area
  • An annual $1,000 Honors College Student Scholarship
  • A one-time stipend of up to $2,000 to support costs associated with scholarly endeavors
  • Early class registration
  • Early move-in
John Austin

A Message from the Dean

At the UNE Honors College, we actively create a diverse, supportive community of peers in which you can grow and explore your interests. We offer you the space to pursue your passions or discover new ones. Whether your interests gravitate towards research innovation, artistic endeavors, or pre-professional preparation, your Honors College peers and mentors will offer additional support and guidance.

Through our dedicated seminar series and events designed around the unique interests of each entering class, you will find yourself connected to the wider community beyond our beautiful UNE campus. Your mentors will present you with new perspectives and unexpected opportunities. We aspire to help you as you hone your skills at UNE and start writing your own story.

John Austin
Dean, UNE Honors College
Associate Professor and P.D. Merrill Endowed Chair of Business

How to Apply

No separate application is required for the UNE Honors College. Each year, the Honors College Admissions Committee will review applications for new first-year students. From that group, a small cohort of high-performing, motivated students will be invited into this highly selective program. The committee will review:

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Strength of the high school record (coursework and grades)

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Extracurricular Activities