Program Requirements

Any qualified transfer student or currently enrolled student may apply for membership in the University Honors program NO LATER THAN the first semester of their junior year.

Admission to the University Honors Program requires a 3.25 ("B") grade point average in high school and a minimum SAT score of 1220 combined Math plus Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (equivalent to an SAT score of 1150 if taken prior to March 2016), or ACT score of 25.

Qualified students who are interested should enroll in Honors English 101 in their first semester. To maintain membership in the University Honors Program, all students must meet the following minimum cumulative grade point ratios.

  • 3.2 by the end of the first semester
  • 3.3 upon entering sophomore year
  • 3.4 upon entering junior year
  • 3.5 upon entering senior year
  • 3.5 for graduating students


Honors Program graduates choose diverse and rewarding individual career paths that often combine intellectual and professional self-fulfillment with significant contributions to society. Many Honors alumni go on to professional or graduate schools. University Honors Program graduates have received fellowship offers to pursue doctoral studies from Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas/Southwestern. Others pursue careers in law, business and government; some seek professional opportunities overseas; others are aspiring artists, writers and performers. Their choices are limited only by their own interests and individualized goals for the future.


Experiential learning, by its very nature, is interdisciplinary and provides the student with an excellent opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge from many different fields of study.

Scholars in the University Honors Program are encouraged to take advantage of varied experiential learning opportunities by pursuing the abundant specialized internships made possible through the University's strategic location in the New York/ New Jersey area. One of the world's largest metropolitan areas, the region also offers unmatched cultural, political, business and educational resources to those seeking to undertake independent research and to prepare a concluding thesis. As a result of the University's long-standing relationship with the United Nations, Honors students have held internships there.