Citation Requirements

The Honors College Citation in University Honors is an academic distinction and formal acknowledgement that you participated in Maryland’s University Honors living-learning program. The Citation appears on your transcript, and students who earn the Citation wear elegant red and gold Honors cords at Commencement.
The University Honors Citation requires a 3.2 cumulative GPA and completion of a minimum of 16 Honors credits, distributed as follows:

Students who started University Honors in Fall 2019 or later:

  • 15 Honors credits (five 3-credit Honors courses – HONR seminars or Honors Versions of regular departmental courses)
  • At least nine credits must be Honors seminars; the remaining six credits can be any combination of H-Version classes and HONR seminars. (Note: I-Series courses that do not have the HONR prefix will not be counted as the equivalent of an HONR seminar for students who started in University Honors/the Honors College in Fall 2016 or later.)
  • One 1 credit Honors colloquium (usually HONR 100)
  • Students who have completed their Honors Citation at the time of registration will be permitted to register for 1 HONR seminar per semester through Spring 2021 only.
  • Students who have not completed their Honors Citation at the time of registration will be permitted to register for up to 2 HONR seminars per semester through Spring 2021 only.

Students who started University Honors between Fall 2016 and Spring 2019:

  • 15 Honors credits (five 3-credit Honors courses – HONR seminars or Honors Versions of regular departmental courses)
  • At least nine credits must be Honors seminars; the remaining six credits can be any combination of H-Version classes and HONR seminars. (Note: I-Series courses that do not have the HONR prefix will not be counted as the equivalent of an HONR seminar for students who started in University Honors/the Honors College in Fall 2016 or later.)
  • One 1 credit Honors colloquium (usually HONR 100)
  • Students who have completed their Honors Citation at the time of registration will be permitted to register for 1 HONR seminar per semester through Spring 2021 only.
  • Students who have not completed their Honors Citation at the time of registration will be permitted to register for up to 2 HONR seminars per semester through Spring 2021 only.

Students who started University Honors in Spring 2016 and earlier:

  • 15 Honors credits (five 3-credit Honors courses – HONR seminars or Honors Versions of regular departmental courses)
  • At least nine credits must be Honors seminars or I-Series courses; the remaining six credits can be any combination of H-version classes, HONR seminars, or I-Series courses.
  • One 1 credit Honors colloquium (usually HONR 100)
  • Students who have completed their Honors Citation at the time of registration will be permitted to register for 1 HONR seminar per semester through Spring 2020 only.
  • Students who have not completed their Honors Citation at the time of registration will be permitted to register for up to 2 HONR seminars per semester through Spring 2020 only.

Students in the Federal Semester Program or the Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Program: The Federal Semester or Global Semester in Washington, D.C. seminar taken in the fall semester is counted as the equivalent of an HONR seminar toward your Citation.  We do not count the internship credits taken in the spring toward the Citation.
The Citation may be completed anytime before graduation. Regardless of when students complete their Citation, they remain part of University Honors the entire time they are an undergraduate at Maryland.

Honors College Citation Ceremony is held each semester to award students who earned their Citations at the end of the previous semester. Parents and guests are invited to attend this celebration.