The UMF Honors Program is open to outstanding students who have shown exceptional motivation, creativity and a strong interest in the world of ideas.

The University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program brings students and faculty together in a community committed to inquiry and discussion. It is designed for students in any major who are highly motivated and intellectually curious.


Students in the UMF Honors Program participate in small, seminar-style interdisciplinary courses and a variety of specially planned lectures and field trips.

Honors courses stress independent thinking, research and writing skills, and oral expression. Skills developed through Honors study can apply to any field of study and provide especially good preparation for graduate school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are Honors Program classes just like regular classes?

A: The Honors Program provides well prepared students the opportunity to work closely with faculty in small classes of interdisciplinary seminars with an opportunity for a senior thesis of creative project.

Q: Where are Honors classes held?

A: Seminar classes are often held in the UMF Honors Center, a building that has seminar rooms, a quiet study and meeting space, a computer, a library, a kitchen and the Honors Office.

Q: When is the Honors Center Open?

A: The UMF Honors Center is open 7am to 10pm, seven days a week.

Q: How many Honors courses can I take?

A: UMF typically offers about 20 different Honors courses each year. Honors students must take a minimum of three honors courses during their academic career. Many choose to take five courses and compete an honors thesis or creative project to graduate as a University Honors Scholar.

Q: May I take Honors courses even if I’m not in the Honors Program?

A: Honors courses are generally reserved for students formally enrolled in the Honors Program.

Learn more about the UMF Honors Program.