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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is it called the Helen P. Denit Honors Program?

    Helen P. Denit, was a former teacher and Montgomery County civic leader. She served on the Woman's Board of Montgomery General Hospital as well as numerous other civic, patriotic and charitable organizations. Under the provisions of Mrs. Denit's will, she created the Helen Pumphrey Denit Trust for Charitable and Educational purposes.
    Since Mrs. Denit's death in 1988, the Trustees have been fortunate to have the means and the opportunities to assist numerous non-profit organizations with one-time and multi-year grants. In particular, the Trustees have been pleased to support the University of Baltimore Helen P. Denit Honors Program. "As an alumnus of the University of Baltimore, it is especially gratifying for me to be in a position to play a small part in encouraging and sustaining academic excellence." -Richard Adams, Former Chairman, The Helen P. Denit Charitable Trust

  • How can I join the Honors Program?

    If you meet the eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to apply. Interested students who do not meet the requirements are considered on a one by one case. Contact the Honors Program for further information. Application deadlines are September 22nd for fall semester and February 6th for spring semester.

  • Why should I join the Honors Program?

    A better question; why not join the Honors Program? If you are intellectually curious and wish to explore your academic life to the fullest, being a Denit Honors student will help you to make that happen! Check this out for more inormation.

  • What do Honors students do after graduation?

    Our students are diverse and motivated. Many of our students attend graduate school directly after graduation while others choose to travel or enter the workforce. Our students have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs across the country and hired at numerous Fortune 500 companies. Many graduates enter law school and some have been admitted into highly competitive early entry law programs.

  • Do I need to take any extra classes to complete the Honors Program?

    No. All the Honors classes will fulfill general education requirements, major requirements and/or electives.
  • How do I graduate from the Honors Program?

    You choose 1 level to satisfy graduation requirements, but may complete as many levels as you wish. These levels include:

    • University Honors (Freshman and Sophomores only): Complete15 Lower Level Honors credits, attend 2 Denit Honors events per semester, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. No Honors Contracts allowed.
    • College Honors : Complete 12 Upper Division Honors credits including 1 Honors Project, attend 2 Denit Honors events per semester, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Only 1 Honors Contract allowed.
    • Program Honors : College-level honors program requirements that are tailored to strengthen abilities and deepen familiarity with a specific subject matter.


      When you apply for graduation you must inform us that you are graduating from the Helen P. Denit Honors Program by October 31st for winter graduation and March 31st for the spring graduation.This is very important and if you fail to do so, your name will not appear under the Helen P. Denit Honors Program section in the Commencement Program.

  • What is the difference between graduating with honors vs graduating from the Denit Honors Program?

    Graduating with Honors means that you have achieved a very high grade point average in your studies and you are recognized as such. The categories are: Summa Cum Laude, with greatest praise; signifies graduation with highest honors, i.e., a 3.9 grade point average. Magna Cum Laude, with great praise; signifies graduation with high honors, i.e., a 3.75 grade point average. Cum Laude, with praise; signifies graduation with honors, i.e., a 3.5 grade point average. This will be noted on your transcript.

    Graduating from the Helen P. Denit Honors Program means that you have completed all of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program academic and co-curricular requirements. This will be noted on your transcript.

  • Aren't Honors classes just more work?

    No. Honors classes are meant to be challenging, but also fun and engaging. They are innovative and rewarding since students of similar abilities are grouped together in small classes. You will get to know your professor and your fellow students quite well and you will learn from each other. The number of assignments will be around the same as a non-honors class, but they will be more interesting, creative and thought provoking. Most students report that Honors classes are so enjoyable and that they try to take as many as they can.
  • Will taking Denit Honors classes hurt my grade point average?

    No. If you meet the entrance requirements to join the Honors Program, you are qualified to do well in an Honors class. But, it’s like anything else in life; you get out of it what you put into it.  
    You will no longer be an active member of the honors program if your GPA falls below a 3.3 for two consecutive semesters.
  • How will I meet other Denit Honors Program students?

    The Honors Program is set up so that you will have ample opportunities to meet fellow students in classes, in the Denit Den, the Honors Lab and through many academic, social, recreational and cultural activities.
  • Can I take a Denit Honors class and not be in the program?

    Yes. You are encouraged to take an Honors class in order to explore the Honors Program. In order to enroll in an honors course, you must have an application on file (unless incoming pre-designated honors freshman enrolling in an honors learning community), have the required GPA, and contact your academic advisor or Kelly McPhee for permission. Any student may enroll in an enhanced course without needing the above prerequisites, but we do recommend submitting an application in case you decide to take more honors courses.
  • Do I get any special recognition at graduation?

    If you have successfully completed all academic requirements of the Honors Program, you will be "corded" by the Faculty Director on stage. Honors students are the only undergraduates to receive such honor. Also, your name will be highlighted in the program as graduating from the Helen P. Denit Honors Program.
  • Is there a special place for Denit Honors students to study and relax?

    Yes, the Honors Program offers a lounge, lab, and kitchen. We have computers and printers; a refrigerator and a microwave; FREE coffee, sodas, and snacks. It is a great place to study or relax between classes. Many students call our Denit Den their home away from home.
  • Are there additional costs for participating in the Denit Honors Program?

    No, there are no additional costs. On the contrary, the Honors Program provides competitive financial awards for independent research, conference attendance and presentation, study and service abroad trips and non-paid internships. We also do all kinds of cool stuff that's free. Check out our events.
  • Will I have an opportunity to research my interests?

    Yes, we strongly encourage original research. You will receive one-on-one guidance from your faculty advisers and mentors while you explore and research topics of interest to you. Check out recent examples of our students' research here.
  • Where can I get more information?

    The Helen P. Denit Honors Office is located in the Office of Academic Innovation. Check out our blog here. If you want to submit a blog post, contact Kelly McPhee.
    For general inquiries and to apply, please contact Sunni Solomon at 410-837-5927 or 410-837-6583
    For specific inquiries about honors courses and registration,contact:
    Program Director
    Learning Commons, Room 314 410.837.5296
     
    For specific inquiries about honors financial awards, events, co-curricular programming, and community outreach, contact:
    Program Manager for the Office of Academic Innovation
    Learning Commons, Room 200