Mission Statement

Our mission is to challenge, encourage, and celebrate undergraduate students who pursue a path of academic excellence on their way to becoming advanced scholars, working professionals, creative artists and/or community leaders. We do this through innovative and engaging classroom settings, living communities and special events that promote a love for inquiry, learning and exposition. Our Honors College welcomes students who are able to thrive in a reading, writing and research oriented environment and who want to be encouraged and challenged by their peers and our Honors Faculty.


The UMass Lowell Honors Program is sanctioned by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. In 2001, the Board of Higher Education started to approve honors programs within the Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. We received our initial approval in 2002 and received re-approval in 2008 and 2016.

UMass Lowell's Honors College is administered by a dean and a team of full-time and part-time staff. The dean reports directly to the Provost's Office. The UMass Lowell Honors College Faculty Council, consisting of both full professors and associate teaching professors, serves in a campus-wide advisory role.


The Honors College is a member institution of the Massachusetts public higher education Commonwealth Honors Programs and the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).