How to Join

Electronic Application Instructions

Important: If you are filling out the application electronically on an Apple computer, when saving the PDF, please select File -> Print -> Save as PDF in the bottom left hand window of the print screen. The fields do not save properly if you save the document traditionally and you will be asked to refill the application.

The Honors College is open to first-year, transfer, and current students from all of UMass Boston's undergraduate colleges. Honors College students are distinguished by their willingness to undertake a challenging curriculum that spans the arts and sciences. They are ambitious, intellectually curious, and often socially committed. At the same time, they are a highly diverse group, reflecting to a significant degree the university's student body as a whole. Applicants with divergent qualifications or background are encouraged to seek a preliminary consultation with the college.

Honors College Benefits

Honors students benefit from specially arranged, small, interdisciplinary classes led by committed instructors who are often teaching in the fields of their own research. In addition, students develop research skills through the Junior Colloquium and senior project and experience a curriculum that values engagement beyond the classroom

Application Process for Prospective Incoming First-Year Students

If you are a current high school student and you received an invitation to join the Honors College with your UMB acceptance packet, your invitation will include instructions on how to confirm your seat within the Honors College.

If you are a current high school student and you did not receive an invitation to join the Honors College with your UMB acceptance packet, we strongly encourage you to write to us to express your interest: honors.ambassadors@umb.edu An Honors Community Ambassador will respond to you with information on how to apply.

Application Process for Currently Enrolled UMass Boston Students Seeking to Join the Honors College

  • Please submit your completed Honors College application and accompanying materials to honors.ambassadors@umb.edu
  • Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Honors College Dean or an Honors College staff member prior to the semester you applied for.
  • Application deadlines are as follows:
    • For consideration for the Fall semester, the application deadline is February 23rd
    • For consideration for the Spring semester, the application deadline is September 30th 

Application Process for Transfer Students Newly Accepted to UMass Boston 

  • After receiving a UMass Boston acceptance letter, please submit your completed Honors College application and accompanying materials to honors.ambassadors@umb.edu
  • Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Honors College Dean or an Honors College staff member prior to the semester they applied for.
  • Transfer students or graduates from a Commonwealth Honors Program are especially encouraged to continue their honors experience at UMass Boston; applications are not necessary.  Please write to us at: honors.ambassadors@umb.edu  and an Honors College Ambassador will respond with next steps.