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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.

    The trust was established in perpetuity with the stipulation that the trustees expend income solely for religious, scientific and educational purposes of charitable organizations, with particular preference to be given to three charitable organizations where Mrs. Denit and her late husband, the prominent Washington D.C. attorney, Louis Malvern Denit, were actively involved during their lifetimes as volunteers and philanthropists.

    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. UB Former President Dr. H. Mebane Turner was a most persistent advocate for the establishment of this program and his passion and enthusiasm has never wavered.

    "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 Denit 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. Please refer to the Join the Program page or contact the Honors Program Director for further information.

  • Why should I join the Denit 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 member will help you to make that happen! Check out our Denit Difference page for more information.

  • What do Denit 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 Denit Honors Program?

    No. All the Honors classes will fulfill general education requirements, major requirements or electives.
  • How do I graduate from the Denit 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 the director, Dr. Etheridge, that you are graduating from the Helen P. Denit Honors Program by October 31st for winter and March 31st for the spring graduation ceremony.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 the Denit 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 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.  
  • 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. However, you will need special permission from Honors Program staff and you will need to have a competitive grade point average to be allowed to take an Honors class.
  • 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.
  • Do I need special permission to register for a Denit Honors class?

    Yes. You need to contact Brian Etheridge, 410-837-6583 or at betheridge@ubalt.edu in order to get permission.
  • Who will be my advisor?

    You will work very closely with your faculty adviser and with the director and manager of the Honors Program.
  • 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?

    e-mail honorsprogram@ubalt.edu
    Or contact the director, Brian Etheridge
    410.837.6583