Academic excellence is the primary mission of the UMKC Honors Program where our goal is to create a community of undergraduate scholars and faculty that fosters an environment of superior scholarship, ethical integrity and community engagement while enhancing the University’s reputation as an academic leader.

The Honors Program draws on the full complement of opportunities offered by UMKC: a research university with strong liberal arts, performing arts, and professional programs, and the rich cultural diversity of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Honors students are challenged to think across disciplines, to combine academic knowledge with ethical judgment, to engage in dialogue and service with the greater university and urban community, and to take leadership roles in their chosen fields of endeavor. By encouraging critical inquiry, innovation, and a global perspective, the Honors Program will significantly enhance the undergraduate educational experience at UMKC.

Originally known as the Honors Program, the program became the Honors College in 2015 and was operated out of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2022, it reverted back to UMKC Honors Program.

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