Davidson Honors College

The Davidson Honors College serves as a center of excellence in undergraduate education to foster intellectual and civic values, challenge highly motivated students, and provide an intimate learning experience comparable to a small liberal arts college within the context of the larger university. More than 600 students representing all majors across campus are enrolled, and Honors courses are limited to 20 students. The College offers enrichment opportunities such as undergraduate research, internships and study abroad. 

Points of Pride

  • The Davidson Honors College organizes the annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research, which provides a forum for more than 150 students to present their research and creative scholarship. Watch a video featuring one student's experience with undergraduate research, and the donor who made it possible.
  • The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation team recognized the Davidson Honors College for its “quality and responsiveness to students”.
  • The Office for Civic Engagement, a program of the Davidson Honors College, offers numerous service opportunities for students.

UM Foundation Support

  • During fiscal year 2012, students received over $390,000 in scholarships.
  • Every summer, the Davidson Honors College organizes the Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Honors Institute, enrolling 40-50 high school students in college-level courses. UM Foundation funding provides support for student scholarships, faculty stipends and co-curricular activities.
  • In January 2013, UM Foundation funding enabled 12 students in the Davidson Honors College to attend the Presidential Inauguration Seminar, a ten-day academic course in Washington, D.C., focused on the presidency and the formation of a new administration.
  • The UM Foundation provides funding support for the Global Grizzlies, a student organization based in the Davidson Honors College. In Summer 2012, ten students traveled to India to provide medical assistance as humanitarian ambassadors from the University. 

To make a gift to the Davidson Honors College, please complete the form below.


To find out how to support the Davidson Honors College, contact Cindy Williams, Vice President of Development.

Cindy Williams