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New UMKC Honors College Officially Open

The Honors College at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is ready to take off. Its doors officially open on July 1.

Formerly known as the UMKC Honors Program, the UMKC Honors College retained all of the best features of the Honors Program while adding new educational opportunities for outstanding students. Undergraduates who were enrolled in the Honors Program automatically became part of the new Honors College.

The Honors College offers the best elements of a small liberal arts college while drawing upon the resources of a comprehensive research institution. It aims to recruit high-achieving undergraduates of all majors and provide them with support services tailored to their needs.

James C. McKusick, Ph.D., was hired as the founding dean of the new college in March, with an appointment as a professor in the English department.

Breana Boger will work closely with McKusick as the college’s academic advisor. She is available to discuss honors requirements; majors and careers; graduate school readiness; involvement and leadership opportunities; and academic and personal success. Boger will work in the University College, Atterbury Student Success Center.

The college will welcome its inaugural class of students in Fall 2015 with two hundred students currently enrolled. Students will be housed in the Honors Wing of the UMKC Oak Street Residence Hall, where they can live and learn together through classes, special programs and events, informal interaction with faculty and social activities.