The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) works closely with the academic departments and other campus units to provide an honors experience for every UMBC undergraduate. These experiences are designed to engage all students in the intellectual life of the university and promote academic excellence. UMBC seeks its unique excellence “by combining the traditions of the liberal arts academy, the creative intensity of the research university and the social responsibility of the public university” (UMBC Vision Statement). On this site you will find links to the specific OUE programs and opportunities that embody the honors university experience, supporting student success.
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In keeping with the purposes outlined above, OUE sponsors programs that help prepare students to deal with complexity, diversity, academic challenges, and change. Students seeking support with specific areas of study or with particular academic skills, for example, may obtain tutoring from the Learning Resources Center or enroll in an Introduction to an Honors University Seminar (IHU) or a Transfer Seminar (TRS201). Those seeking immediate engagement and active learning experiences both in and outside the classroom might enroll in a First-Year Seminar, choose residence in the Discovery ScholarsLiving Learning Community, attend our summer bridge program, the Collegiate Success Institute (CSI) and/or enjoy the New Student Book Experience. Students with particular interests in gender issues or desiring a place to meditate, share a cup of tea, or practice yoga will find the Women’s Center a welcoming place. Students at all levels may integrate and apply their learning through any of our undergraduate research opportunities. Finally, students looking for information about UMBC’s academic policies and standards will find it at OUE’s Academic Standards and Policy Administration.
Thus, OUE strives to help all undergraduate students experience purposeful pathways for learning and engagement over time. We support UMBC’s vision by advancing the values, practices, and principles that will prepare all of our undergraduates for success in the twenty-first century. As students, I hope you will avail yourself of the opportunities we offer. As faculty and staff, I invite you to partner with us on this exciting journey. As visitors, I encourage you to browse the links to OUE programs to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Again, welcome to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Education.
Diane M. Lee
Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education