An Honors Experiential Learning Opportunity (HELO) is a pre-approved, non-credit experience that is guided by either a faculty mentor, a director, or coordinator/liaison. All Experiential Learning Opportunities must involve a reading, writing, and speaking component, as well as address at least one of the Honors College Student Learning Outcomes.

Categories of HELOs include, but are not limited to:

  • Honors College Reading Symposium
  • Honors College Fellowship
  • Faculty-led research experience
  • A UMass Lowell sponsored study abroad trip or co-op with an Honors add-on
  • Community engagement

Students may use an Experiential Learning Opportunity to satisfy the H4, H5 or H6 Honors Curriculum requirements. However, students may only use up to two total HELOs for their H1-H8 requirements.

To learn more about Experiential Learning Opportunities or how to apply, please visit the Honors Experiential Learning Opportunity Libguide. Please note that students must successfully be approved for an HELO prior to starting the activity for Honors credit.

Questions? Contact the Honors Experiential Learning Opportunity Coordinator: Erin Maitland.