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Become a Morrissy Scholar


Current and prospective Notre Dame of Maryland University students may apply to the Morrissy Honors Program by completing the form below. A faculty committee reviews the records of first-year students and transfer students to prepare a cohort of potential scholars.


Each semester, the director of the Morrissy Program seeks recommendations from the faculty. The director also asks students to apply through self-nomination. Ordinarily, the honors cohort comprises 15 percent to 20 percent of each class.

Morrissy Requirements

  • Students must maintain a 3.3 overall average and a B average in honors courses.
  • Honors courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • Students must register for at least one honors course per year.
  • Scholars must take six honors courses (18 credits) to complete
    the program.
  • The director reviews the records of Morrissy scholars at the end of each spring semester.
  • Those who are enrolled in “3/2” programs with other institutions must complete a minimum of 15 honors credits.
  • Three credits of honors work may be taken as an independent study
    with the approval of the faculty member concerned and the Morrissy
  • A semester or year of study abroad satisfies 3 credits (one course)
    of honors work.
  • Morrissy scholars are expected to participate in at least six Morrissy-sponsored events annually.

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