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  • A real learning community, the New Jersey City University Honors Program is an innovative and intellectually-rigorous course of study, offering an advanced core curriculum that emphasizes in-depth investigation rather than broad surveys as well as the opportunity to conduct independent research. Honors Program classes are small and personalized, producing more opportunities to interact with faculty within a community of learners from a variety of disciplines.

    Applying to the Honors Program

    Acceptance into the Honors Program is based on a combination of standing in the high school class, high school GPA, combined scores on the SAT, placement scores in writing and math, and the application essay. If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may be eligible for the Honors Program:

    • Combined SAT scores of 1200 with a minimum of 500 each in Critical Reading and Math or an ACT score of 26
    • High School GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Essay
    • Statement of extracurricular activities/community service
    • Two letters of recommendation: 1 teacher, 1 guidance counselor/mentor/coach

    Current NJCU students and transfer students with a GPA of higher than 3.0 may also be eligible for admission to the Honors Program.

    Honors Program Requirements

    Students in the Honors Program meet their General Studies requirements by taking courses that have been designed by the Honors Program faculty specifically for the Program. Based on a seminar format, the courses in the first two years are interdisciplinary and emphasize critical and creative approaches to understanding in the humanities, sciences, arts, and social sciences. The Honors Program culminates with junior and senior honors seminars, during which students engage in individualized, advanced-level research/creative projects.

    New Jersey City University is a member of the Northeast Regional and National Collegiate Honors Council.