Honors Programs

honors programs at CUNY

All CUNY four-year and community colleges offer honors programs that provide a challenging and intellectually stimulating academic environment for high-achieving students. Below you can find a program that meets your specific needs, relates to your academic background and promotes your future career goals.

Four-Year Colleges

Baruch College >>

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The Baruch Honors Program immerses students in a challenging and stimulating intellectual environment during their undergraduate years. The program emphasizes academic and cultural enrichment, as well as a strong sense of community and social responsibility. Classroom experiences include excellent teaching, academic rigor and active learning. The program also stresses primary source reading and research assignments in order to develop communication and critical thinking abilities. Outside the classroom students are introduced to a rich array of college sponsored cultural programming. All students in the program receive four-year full-tuition scholarships, advisement, an active honors community and a number of other benefits.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Baruch Honors site.

Brooklyn College >>

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The Coordinated B.A.-M.D. Program offers a special opportunity for entering first-year students committed to pursuing a medical career. It provides an integrated course of study that equips future Doctors with both the necessary foundation in the sciences along with a broad background in the humanities and social sciences. The program does not restrict the field of medicine entered or the location of practice. Each student accepted to the program is awarded a Brooklyn College Foundation Presidential Scholarship which provides full tuition for four years of undergraduate study.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Honors Program site.

The Coordinated Engineering Honors Program
offers a course of study equivalent to the first two years at any engineering school. Students who maintain the required academic level are guaranteed transfer to one of the three coordinating schools—Polytechnic University, City College of New York School of Engineering or the College of Staten Island Engineering Science Program—to complete their bachelor’s degree in engineering. However, Coordinated Engineering students have also transferred to other prestigious colleges. Those admitted as incoming first-year students receive a Brooklyn College Foundation Presidential Scholarship that provides full tuition for their two years of full-time undergraduate study in the Coordinated Engineering Program.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Honors Program site.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to increase the number of minorities employed as higher education faculty by helping students with great academic promise become scholars of distinction. Mellon Mays Fellows have entered renowned graduate programs leading to Ph.D. degrees and many fellows have been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Brooklyn College chooses 5 students each year to participate in The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Mellon Mays site.

The Minority Access Research Careers (MARC) strives to increase the number of minority professionals in biomedical research. The program offers mentoring, research experience and financial support for academically superior undergraduate students who meet program requirements and who are interested in entering graduate programs leading to research careers in the biomedical sciences.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the MARC site.

The Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that offers honors-level core studies courses, interdisciplinary seminars and guided senior thesis research. Limited to one hundred students, the Scholars Program creates an academic community much like that of a small residential college. Scholars Program students admitted as incoming freshmen receive a Brooklyn College Foundation Presidential Scholarship that provides full tuition for four years of undergraduate study.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the
Scholars Program site.

The City College of New York >>

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The City College Honors Program offers high-achieving students challenging academic program with small class sizes. The curriculum is centered around the Honors Liberal Arts core; an enhanced version of a liberal arts curriculum that includes interdisciplinary courses in the Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. It provides an excellent academic base regardless of a student’s eventual specialization. Small classes are taught by outstanding faculty who encourage student participation and rigorous study. Students in the City College Honors Program receive consideration for CCNY scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for four years.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the City College Honors site.


The Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies
is a unique partnership between Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP - one of the preeminent law firms in the world - and The City College of New York. The program is a two-year course of study for students who have completed approximately 50 to 70 credits of undergraduate work. Open to eligible City College and transfer students, the Skadden, Arps Honors Program begins the summer prior to the student's junior year with an intensive four-week Summer Institute.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Skadden, Arps Honors site.

College of Staten Island >>

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The Teacher Education Honors Academy is designed for select students interested in teaching science or math. All students study with exceptional faculty in science and mathematics and have hands-on experiences in New York City public middle schools or high schools. The Academy offers four years of scholarships to a select number of students in the program. Sophomores in good standing are eligible for Robert Noyce Scholarships in their junior and senior years.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Honors Academy site.

The Verrazano School is a selective, four-year baccalaureate program that offers students a unique undergraduate education on the College of Staten Island campus. The Verrazano School is an active, academically motivated learning community in which students study with experienced professors and learn from one another both in and out of the classroom.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Verrazano School site.

Hunter College >>

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The Thomas Hunter Honors Program is an upper-level interdisciplinary honors program that supports outstanding students who wish to challenge themselves through interdisciplinary studies. The program may be combined with, or replace, a formal departmental major/minor. The Thomas Hunter Honors Program is open to B.A. students of high intellectual ability and interdisciplinary interests with an outstanding record at Hunter. These students replace some of the college's general education requirements with a special honors curriculum under the supervision of the Council on Honors.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Thomas Hunter Honors Program site.

The Public Service Scholar Program recommends up to twenty-four Hunter College students to careers in public service each year. Participants are selected in the spring for the following academic year. Women, minorities and immigrant students, who have traditionally been underrepresented in positions of public policy, are encouraged to apply. The program combines a year-long, twenty hour a week internship in a public or nonprofit agency with two seminars on issues important to the future of New York City. Special events such as tours, guest lectures and career workshops enhance the program. Acceptance in the program is accompanied with a $6000 stipend.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Public Service Scholar Program site.

The Minority Access to Research Centers Program (MARC) is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is intended to encourage talented undergraduate minority students to pursue a career in research and science. Students receive a scholarship along with financial support for conducting research throughout the academic year at Hunter College. Students of underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Minority Access to Research Centers site.

The Minority Biomedical Research Support Program/Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS/RISE) is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is intended to encourage talented undergraduate minority students to pursue a career in research and science. Students receive a scholarship and financial support for conducting research throughout the academic year at Hunter College. African-American, Hispanic, Native American (American Indian, Eskimo) and Pacific Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the MBRS/RISE site.

The Minority Institution's Drug Abuse Research Development Program (MIDARP) at Hunter College was established to develop quality research projects that address basic biological issues related to drug abuse. As part of that mission, MIDARP provides quality scientific training to talented undergraduate and graduate students, and particularly those from underrepresented populations.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the MIRDARP site.

The Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowships (MMUF) are open to academically talented students interested in pursuing doctoral studies. The program prepares these students for an academic career in the Humanities. Recipients of the Fellowship receive a $4,500 stipend per calendar year, a tuition waiver and eligibility for the MMUF Program’s repayment of undergraduate loans.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the MMUF site.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice >>

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The John Jay College Honors Program, open to all freshmen, seeks to provide cultural, social and academic opportunities to exceptionally motivated undergraduates. Students work in special honors sections of courses that fulfill the college’s general education requirements and attend a series of honors seminars taught by distinguished professors. They have the opportunity to collaborate on original research projects with doctoral students and eminent professors. The program provides a $500 annual book stipend for 4 years, a free subscription to the weekday New York Times and a travel stipend to present their honors research at a national conference.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the John Jay College Honors site.

 

Lehman College >>

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The Lehman Scholars Program (L.S.P.) is designed for capable and highly motivated students who have the desire and ability to pursue a more independent liberal arts course of study. The program offers the advantages of a small, intimate college, including special courses, seminars and individual counseling.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Lehman Scholars Program site.

 

Macaulay Honors College >>

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The William E. Macaulay Honors College (Macaulay) offers an exceptional academic and extracurricular environment for engaged and motivated students from across New York to around the world. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman, Queens or Staten Island). Each Macaulay student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes courses focusing on global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, faculty-student research collaboration and over 210 majors.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Macaulay Honors College site.

 

Medgar Evers College >>

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The Honors Program is designed to support and enhance the development of high achieving and intellectually curious students. The Honors Program is divided into two sections: the first tier which is made up of freshman and sophomores and the second tier which is designed for juniors and seniors. The first tier of the Honors Program is based in the college's core curriculum which offers a common experience required of all students regardless of major, while the second tier focuses on specific degree programs. Honors Program students participate in academic and cultural programs in the sciences, music, art and humanities. The program is open to qualified freshman, continuing students who demonstrate excellence after enrolling at Medgar and to transfer students who have shown high achievement at other institutions. All students in the Honors Program will receive awards that cover the cost of all books and materials required to support student learning in the honors courses and/or activities. The program will also cover all costs associated with trips, conferences and excursions related to academic, cultural and professional activities sponsored by the Honors Program.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Honors Program site. 

New York City College of Technology >>

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The Honors Scholars Program at New York City College of Technology is dedicated to providing academically gifted students with the opportunity to develop their intellectual potential. Honors Scholars will participate in a collaborative community designed to motivate and challenge talented students. Honors Scholars will have the privilege to take part in special activities such as seminars, workshops, field trips, social events, research opportunities and enriched coursework for honors credit.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Honors Program site.
 

 

Queens College >>

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The Queens College Scholars Program offers incoming freshman who had exceptional high school records (such as top grades and SAT scores) four-year merit awards regardless of academic major.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Queens College Honors site.

The Freshman Honors Program provides first-year students with an interrelated liberal arts curriculum that satisfies core requirements and integrates experiential components into coursework. Benefits include advanced registration privileges, guaranteed seats in honors classes, small classes and coordinated, interrelated course work. Further benefits are experiential components that integrate honors course work, individualized academic advising, mentoring relationships with faculty and individualized mentoring in applying for scholarships.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Queens College Honors site.

Honors in the Humanities was established more than 30 years ago and is the oldest honors program at Queens College. The program is designed for students who seek an understanding of the origins and history of our contemporary artistic and intellectual culture. The full sequence of courses covers a broad range of fundamental works of literature, religion, history, philosophy and art. Thus, Honors in the Humanities complements majors in any division of the college.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Queens College Honors site.

Honors in Mathematical and Natural Sciences (Science Honors) enhances the undergraduate education of students who are interested in a career in the mathematical and natural sciences by helping them choose a major, obtain early access to research opportunities, pursue research projects to successful conclusions and become participating members of the community of scholars at Queens College. Students get to know each other during the seminar course; they work together on hands-on exercises and presentations of their own research projects.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Queens College Honors site.

Honors in the Social Sciences Program (HSS) encourages students to gain an in-depth understanding of social science traditions and methods. It offers ambitious students a rigorous course of study emphasizing theories and methods from several social scientific disciplines, as well as the opportunity to work closely with HSS faculty to develop unique multi-disciplinary honors projects.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Queens College Honors site.

The TIME 2000 is an undergraduate program specially designed for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. Participants stay together for their mathematics and education courses, taught by a team of professors dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of school mathematics. Students take approximately 45 credits in mathematics and 24 credits in secondary education. Participants and professors meet for breakfast on a monthly basis for special events that include guest speakers, performances, student presentations, peer advisement and program updates.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Time 2000 site.

York College >>

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The York College Honors Program prepares students for graduate study and exciting professional careers through research experience and individualized attention from faculty members. Honors students work closely with a faculty mentor in his/her area of interest, participate in small interdisciplinary honors seminars on current events and attend special programs with visiting scholars. Students will develop independent honors projects within their major. Senior year, students will complete an independent study project and honors thesis under the guidance of their faculty mentor. This program is open to incoming freshmen, current freshmen and sophomores; enrolled students must participate for at least two years (what does that mean?). Honors students are eligible for a number of scholarships at York College, as well as generous fellowship programs funded by federal grants. Students in the program will receive other special benefits that include early registration and individualized attention from a faculty mentor.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the York College Honors site.

 

Community Colleges

Borough of Manhattan Community College >>

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The Honors Program at BMCC provides eligible students with academic challenges beyond the normal parameters of a course's requirements. Students work in close conjunction with a faculty member on a committee approved honors project, extending their knowledge of the theoretical or practical aspects of the course in turn, developing their writing, critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills.

For further information about the Honors Program, contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Bronx Community College >>

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The Honors Program at Bronx Community College serves motivated and qualified students by providing exceptional and intense learning experiences in highly interactive classroom settings. By promoting critical thinking, library research, strong writing skills and group presentations and critiques, the program tries to mirror the rigor and intensity of the University experience. At the same time, the personal attention extended by committed and caring professors, counselors and classmates guarantees a supportive learning environment. Additional activities offered to scholars may include opportunities for individual research projects, close interaction with faculty, and participation in community and cultural events.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the BCC Honors site.

Hostos Community College >>

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The Honors Program provides an innovative and challenging Liberal Arts curriculum along with an enriched cultural and social experience to intellectually inquisitive and motivated students. The program offers an academic environment that values and promotes critical thinking, analytical writing, research and information competency skills. Beyond the classroom, multicultural events, conferences, honors seminars and an Honors Institute foster a supportive intellectual community.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Hostos Honors site.

The Global Scholars Program is a unique partnership of public and private institutions of higher education. It provides students from diverse ethnic backgrounds with the educational and professional support needed for leadership roles in foreign affairs and national defense. Scholars at Hostos Community College follow the Liberal Arts Honors Program. Additionally, scholars participate in extracurricular and off-campus activities such as seminars, workshops, and conferences. Scholars are evaluated at the end of each semester for retention in the Program.

For information about the Global Scholars Program, please contact Irene Garcia-Mathes at (718) 518-6799 or by email at igarcia@hostos.cuny.edu.

Kingsborough Community College >>

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The Kingsborough Honors Program is designed to provide a challenging, enriching, and rewarding educational experience for highly motivated students. The ultimate aim of the Honors Program is to enable students to successfully transfer with scholarships to top public and private four-year colleges and universities. Honors courses are rigorous and emphasize critical thinking, independent research, analytical writing, oral debate, and public speaking. The program strives to nurture excellence in leadership and service, in addition to excellence in academics. Classes, taught by dedicated faculty, are smaller in size, allowing for extensive classroom interaction. Interested students can take designated Honors courses and/or add Honors Enrichment Components to their regular courses.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Kingsborough Honors site.

LaGuardia Community College >>

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The Honors Program at LaGuardia is designed to promote an excellent academic experience for motivated, intellectually curious and ambitious students. Honors courses emphasize critical thinking, intensive analytical writing, speaking and research skills, including the use of primary source material and information literacy. Smaller, rigorous classes are taught by dedicated faculty, who strive to engage students in more challenging academic work. One of the fundamental goals of the Honors Program is to promote scholarship and help students transfer to leading public and private 4-year colleges.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the LaGuardia Honors site.

Queensborough Community College >>

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The Honors Program at Queensborough is an academic program that provides an enriched classroom and overall intellectual experience to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement. The program features selective honors courses, specially arranged independent studies and research, along with participation in professional conferences. Honors scholars are provided an opportunity to expand their knowledge in areas of particular interest, to distinguish themselves among their peers and to make an acknowledged contribution to the intellectual and cultural community. In this way, honors students develop the strong academic and leadership skills required in the pursuit of advanced degrees and challenging careers in New York City and beyond.

For further information about the Honors Program, visit the Queensborough Honors site.