Honors College

Case for Support



Developed for highly motivated students in 1935, the Honors program at the University of Maine has provided extraordinary opportunities for its students to cultivate and explore their intellectual curiosity. UMaine has one of the oldest programs in the country and has been a pioneer in honors education.

Academically rigorous, interdisciplinary, and unforgettable, the program has grown from a handful of outstanding students to a college with an annual enrollment of more than 800, representing academic disciplines from across campus. Through experiential learning, research, and reflection, this disparate group of students is forged into an empowered community, tackling real-world problems with creativity and skill.

Today, the Honors College facilitates research and collaboration between students, faculty, and stakeholders from Maine and beyond to devise solutions for challenges in our interconnected world. It turns the academic student into a problem-solving citizen of the world.


More than 2,000 Honors theses completed since 1935, bringing new knowledge to the world.

• High achieving alumni such as:

1985 Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, M.D. ’42
2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, Bettina Boxall ’74
2001 MacArthur Fellow, Geraldine Seydoux ’86
Founder of Hospice, Dennis Rezendes ’57
Maine Attorney General (1981-90), James Tierney ’69
Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, Former President, David Bronson, M.D. ’69
Library of Congress, Asst. COO, Charles Stanhope ’71

• A strong record of service to community including 150,000 meals packed at The Maine Day Meal Packout over the last three year – more than any other university in New England.

The Honors College is designated as a
UMaine Signature Area

    Studium Eruditionis Ardescens — Igniting a Passion for Learning

    Supporting the Honors College is an exceptional way to contribute to the
    University of Maine’s comprehensive campaign – Vision for Tomorrow

    Please help us raise $150,000 by June of 2020
    so students can access the opportunities that define
    the Honors experience.

    Research Collaboratives (RC) – Creation and Sustainability

    Honors’ unique model for interdisciplinary research on real-world problems is tackling issues such as sustainable food systems, genomics, and educational challenges in Sierra Leone. The RC approach is redefining how students learn in a manner that engages diverse teams, builds their creativity, and serves the needs of the state and beyond. Requested support will sustain current RCs and create new ones for issues such as health care economics, responses to climate change, and many more.

    Faculty in Residence

    The Honors College supports, with your help, many visiting lecturers and speakers. One new initiative is the creation of a faculty-in-residence program that will allow us to host faculty and other experts to spend longer periods with us on campus, interacting with students and faculty alike. Visiting faculty bring new ideas, help build strong new connections across disciplines and will help promote diversity.

    Thesis Fellowship Program

    The culmination of Honors at UMaine is the rigorous thesis process. In order to help students succeed in this endeavor, your support in the form of thesis fellowships will provide the financial freedom students need to devote adequate time to their projects and writing.

    Honors Traditions – Sustaining the Honors Identity & Community

    Help ensure that the beloved traditions that unite Honors students remain an enduring part of the college’s legacy:

    • Honors Celebration
    • Awarding of handmade steins
    • Honors medallions at graduation
    • Minerva magazine
    • Honors Read program for 1st year students
    • Participation in the National Collegiate Honors Council conference

    Your support will help us sustain these traditions and further build the Honors identity