Honors Program

Honors Program

The Honors Program at USM is a learning community for active and engaged students. In Honors, students are encouraged to tap into their intellectual curiosity and creativity while exploring rich topics from multiple perspectives. Students interact closely with peers in seminar-style classes and receive individualized attention from exceptional faculty.

Honors students:

  • Achieve the confidence that comes from developing their own ideas 
  • Hone their communication skills
  • Become better able to tackle complex challenges while working respectfully with others
  • Receive an education that is prized by employers and graduate schools

*Honors students (Fall 2016 admittance and beyond) will earn an interdisciplinary Honors Minor

What to Expect from the Honors Program

  • Small, dynamic courses that fulfill USM Core requirements
  • Honors-specific study abroad experiences in the North Atlantic
  • Personalized internship placement that can aid in post-graduation employment
  • Merit-based scholarship opportunities that stimulate engagement with the community
  • Honors student organizations and living-learning communities

Who are Honors Students?

  • Exceptional students who share a passion for learning
  • First-year students, transfers, sophomores, juniors, adult learners, part-time students
  • Students across all majors

Honors Dorms

Students can choose to reside in the Honors living-learning communities in Hastings or Philippi Halls. Contact Residential Life for more details at usm.reslife@maine.edu or 207-780-5240

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Honors program is by invitation only. As part of the general USM application process, honors status is automatically granted to recent high school graduates with stellar records. To inquire about joining the Honors program, please contact Director Rebecca Nisetich at 780-4189 or rebecca.nisetich@maine.edu