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Welcome to the Honors College

Students and Faculty Return from NCHC


From Wednesday, November 5 to Sunday, November 9, 26 people from Honors, including students, faculty, and staff traveled to Denver, Colorado for the 2014 National Collegiate Honors Council conference. The UMaine Honors College had one of the strongest representations of schools across the country. Students and faculty, often together, displayed incredible work through presentations, discussions, and posters on topics ranging from hermit culture in Maine to curriculum diversity to international partnerships with other colleges. Everyone also enjoyed the sights and tastes of Denver, with some of the group heading off to Boulder and others sticking around to explore 16th Street. After many hours of plane and bus rides there and back, these people deserve a hearty congratulations and a long night of sleep!




Dean’s Welcome


We are dedicated to providing an environment in which top students from Maine and from “away” can take advantage of the resources of a great research university while providing a rigorous and unified approach to the liberal arts core.

One of the oldest and most respected Honors programs in the country, the tradition of personalized teaching of legendary Maine professors like Vincent Hartgen and Robert Thomson has been adapted to meet the needs of a growing number of in-state and out-of state students. Our four-semester Civilizations sequence introduces students to the great ideas of Western culture through a great books curriculum that emphasizes small group discussion.

The intellectual breadth and scholarly depth of the highly interdisciplinary faculty provide unique opportunities for our students. Small classes combined with the living-learning communities of Colvin and Balentine Halls provide Honors students with an exemplary student-centered and community-engaged learning experience. Indeed, the Honors College has been recognized as one of the University of Maine’s Signature programs.

If you are a prospective student or know one, please check out the web pages that illustrate the rich learning environments and other opportunities available to students in the Honors College. Resources for current students, faculty, as well as graduates and friends of Honors are also presented here.

François G. Amar

Igniting a passion for learning…

“These are the only courses where I have taken theoretical physics as an English major, kept a group photo of my classmates and instructor on my desk, been pushed to think on an entirely new plane and been moved to tears by the sheer brilliance of the discussion.”

Laurie House ’92