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Learn More About Honors

Make It Miami!

A visit to campus is an important part of making your final college decision. Make It Miami! is an open house for accepted students for the Class of 2022. These day-long open houses for accepted students will offer you and your family the opportunity to meet our nationally ranked faculty and current Miami students, eat in our award-winning dining halls, and explore Miami's many academic, extracurricular, and residential opportunities.

  • Attend an Honors presentation and meet Honors staff and current students at a Make It Miami! event.
  • Visit Miami to learn more about the Honors Program. Campus visits are available during the week. University Honors Program staff offer information sessions for prospective students and their families every weekday, between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. in Old Manse. You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment through our online appointment system.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Individualized advising to support your studies, direct your Honors path, and foster networking connections across fields of study.
  • Guaranteed access to small, rigorous Honors courses that connect you to other high-achievers.
  • Funding for research and independent projects that prepare you for the rigors of graduate school and the professional world.
  • Unique opportunities to engage with guest speakers and distinguished scholars-in-residence.
  • Opportunities to be a part of a close-knit learning community that shares a love of learning and commitment to academic rigor.
  • Priority placement in the Honors Living-Learning Community, in which all First Year Honors Students are strongly encouraged to live.
  • Priority registration for all Miami courses.

Requirements

University Honors

All Honors students complete eight Honors Experiences during their undergraduate studies:

  • Two Honors courses (taken during your first year)
    • Honors courses are small (many are capped at 25 or fewer students), discussion-based, and full of engaged students.
  • Two Honors course extensions (completed after your first year)
    • Course extensions allow Honors students to develop, with faculty mentorship, a project that digs deeper into the content of regularly offer Miami course.
  • Four additional Honors Experiences, chosen by the student
    • Independent research
    • Study abroad
    • Internships and pre-professional learning opportunities
    • Significant community service, creative, teaching, or leadership projects

Honors with Distinction (optional)

Students may also elect to pursue an Honors project to earn Honors with Distinction. Typically completed in a student's final two years of undergraduate studies, each Honors project is:

  • Student-initiated
  • Faculty-mentored
  • Creative (from a research thesis to a service project to an original performance)

Honors Housing

The Honors residence halls are among the most requested halls on campus, and they are available to students for all four years. First Year Honors Students are encouraged to live in the Honors Living-Learning Community, which is located in the newly renovated Brandon, Hepburn, and McFarland Halls. It's a great place to build a network of intellectual engagement, coordinate community service projects, and plan social events. To learn more about housing options and community options, please visit Office of Residence Life.