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The Honors College Story

The Honors College began as the Sophomore Honors Program in 1978 and through decades of change has remained proud to help UMSL offer a small liberal arts program inside a major public university.  Honors students at UMSL enjoy the best of both worlds.  For more about us please check out our history as recounted for the 25th anniversary of our college. 

Please also consider checking out the fascinating stories of some of our recent graduates:

    Claudia Campbell (Psychology) earned a minor in Child Advocacy Studies and would like to continue her research at the graduate level.

    Ashley Westbrook (Political Science) has been accepted to the Saint Louis University School of Law.

     Trenton Conway enters the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program at UMSL while he works as a graduate nurse on the trauma floor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

     Army veteran Josh Eckhoff overcomes traumatic brain injury to graduate with honors.

     Mary Grace Buckley will appear as a contestant on the October 25, 2017, episode of "Jeopardy!" 

     Honors College Alumna Antionette (Dickens) Carroll was recently honored by Essence Magazine.

     Kat Riddler received the Missouri Professional Communicators Journalism Foundation Scholarship at the St. Louis Press Club on July 11, 2017.

     Kristy Gammill (Modern Language - Japanese) has accepted a position as a business coordinator for Nidec Motor Corporation.

     Steven Gilbraith (History) and Andrew Potts (Criminology and Criminal Justice) will be among the St. Louis region's 2017 class of cadets receiving a commission in the U.S. Army as second lieutenants.

     Adela Redzic, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, accepted a spot in the Physician Assistant program at SIUC.

     Victoria Rogers, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, accepted a spot in Washington University of St. Louis' doctoral program for biochemistry.

     Marta Kersulis, Music Theory & Music Performance double major, credits faculty as having a big impact on her experiences and successes at UMSL.

     Emma Seidel, mechanical engineering student and principal flautist for the UMSL wind ensemble, accepts a full-time position with Nidec Motor Corporation.

     Marie Carol Kenney and Jessie Eikman embark on their graduate studies at UMSL to pursue MFAs in Fiction and Poetry.

     Nicole Dmytryk heads to med school.

     Bri Ehsan heads to law school.

     Eric’el Johnson wins a Trailblazer award and heads to Boeing.

     Cameron Roark finishes his second term as student body president.

     Cameron Nunn pursues a PhD in Space and Planetary Science.

     Lingru Kong praises the “mental workouts” she received in Honors.

     Jessica Ploss has a passion for law and public service.


And to see what some of our current students are up to, please be sure to keep reading:

     Nicole Gevers finds harmony between academics and extensive involvement.

     Candice Murdock received the United Media Guild Journalism Foundation Scholarship at the St. Louis Press Club's scholarship luncheon on July 11, 2017.

     Lauren Jenkins, an Opportunity Scholar, is studying seeds this summer as an REU intern at the Danforth Plant Science Center.

     Carly Vogel and Brendan McCoy are two of 37 UMSL students who studied abroad this past spring.

     Soccer Teammates Joe Rund and Evan Garrad earn recognition as Academic All-Americans on the way to medical school.

     Dana Channell's double major of music & archaeology led to a fascinating internship.

     Las Vegas native Addy Lai found a world of opportunity at UMSL.

     Bridge Program students join UMSL and the Honors College.

     Gabrielle Murphy and Christopher Ernst came to Honors from the STARS program.

     Victoria Dieckman heads to Japan.

     Meagan Burwell joins UMSL Entrepreneurial Scholars and Interns Program.    

     Madison Bick's freshman year “was nothing short of a dream…”

     Sarah Hayes helps edit Litmag, with art from Amber Scholl.

     Kristy Gammill and others spend time in Japan.

     Ashley Taylor prepares for Med School.

     Ellen Vehige pursues her engineering career through internships and co-ops.

     Freshman Kalynn Clinton is on an academic journey with her mother, Kimberly Clinton.