Macaulay Honors College


Chancellor Matthew Goldstein launched CUNY Honors College in 2001 to provide a globally competitive honors program for the most talented and academically gifted of New York's students.

The Honors College was designed in collaboration with CUNY senior colleges and programs. From the start, CUNY Honors was recognized for exceptional advising, hands-on internships and research opportunities, substantial community service and global learning opportunities, and a commitment to provide the skills and experiences for each student to excel in college and beyond. In October 2006, a generous gift from Linda and William Macaulay, a 1966 Honors graduate of City College, enabled the Honors College to purchase and extensively renovate a landmark building on 67th street in Manhattan, to serve as the home of the honors college. In honor of Mr. Macaulay's gift, the college was renamed William E. Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. The new building was officially opened on April 17, 2008, with a dedication attended by nearly 200 friends of Macaulay, including Senator Charles Schumer, Chancellor Goldstein, and New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer.

Embodying CUNY's commitment to access and academic excellence, Macaulay Honors College offers the advantages of a small, personal liberal arts college with the world-class faculty and resources of a comprehensive, major urban research university. Macaulay students matriculate at one of the eight senior CUNY colleges that comprise the Macaulay consortium, but can also study at any of CUNY's colleges or the CUNY Graduate Center.

Macaulay Honors College includes a number of innovative programs: the four core seminars linking students with the history, arts, and resources of New York City; community service and service learning around the globe; internships that give students real work experience while in college; the Cultural Passport which gives students access to arts and culture in New York; and the Opportunities Fund, which allows each student to shape their own unique learning program. Macaulay students learn inside and outside of the classroom, amplifying what they have learned in the classroom by studying abroad, taking an internship in their field, or collaborating with a CUNY faculty member on a high-level research project. Our courses are experiential and collaborative, leading our students to explore the city together with their faculty—engaging the City as both classroom and laboratory. Our students learn and conduct research using the very best tools available and, in turn, share their findings with their peers, their instructors, and real-world audiences. As they graduate with a degree conferred jointly by Macaulay and their home campus, our students have not simply built a résumé; they have learned to pursue an active and productive life of the mind.

Macaulay's full-tuition merit scholarship, Opportunities Fund, and free laptop with on-site technology support offer students the freedom to follow their passions and to explore the full range of academic offerings on their home campuses and throughout CUNY—without a student debt load that might otherwise inhibit their choices. Macaulay Honors College is committed to providing our students with an unmatched level of advisement and other resources that enable them to pursue their aspirations and make the most of what Macaulay, their home campus, and CUNY have to offer, and to implement their ideas in the real world both as students and graduates. We continually strive to improve and refine our offerings, with each member of the Macaulay team working to create something better for our students every day.

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