A Liberal Arts Education
Honors education provides students the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary topics outside of their major in a student-driven, intellectual climate. Classes are seminar-style and emphasize critical thinking, writing, communication, and other skills that set Honors students apart from others in their fields.
Honors is for Everyone
The Honors College program works with all majors offered at UMSL. The Honors College offers programs for freshmen, transfer students, and students who are anywhere in-between. Plus, since Honors courses fulfill general education requirements for all majors, the Honors program does not take additional time to complete.
A Close-Knit Community
With a 14:1 student to faculty ratio, Honors students work closely with their peers and professors, creating friendships that last outside of the classroom. Furthermore, Honors students receive personalized academic advising along with a peer mentor through a first-year experience program.
In addition to great academic opportunities, the Honors College offers a thriving social environment that includes participation in several unique social events such as a powdered paint war, an underground dance party, and a haunted house run by Honors students on Halloween!
All Honors students are eligible for exclusive merit-based and competitive scholarships through the Pierre Laclede Honors College. These scholarships are in addition to and stackable with any other scholarships that you receive from UMSL or other outside sources. Plus, there are no additional costs to be in the Honors College!
Preparation for the Future
The Honors curriculum culminates with a capstone course which allows students to meet one-on-one with a faculty member to work on resumes, CVs, cover letters, graduate school and job applications, mock interviews, and whatever else students may need for their future.
In addition to classes, students complete exciting independent studies such as undergraduate research, internships, practicums, and other types of hands-on projects to gain real-world, practical experience in their fields.
Students are considered for admission into the Honors College on a holistic basis. This includes ACT/SAT scores, GPA, class rank, and an interview. Regardless of academic background, all interested students are encouraged to Apply to the Honors College!