Freshman Applicants

The Honors College considers students who have:

  • Excellent grades, B+ average 
  • Rank in the top 90+ percentile of test takers on the SAT or ACT exam
  • Demonstrate a wide range of interests
  • Participate in leadership and service activities

NJIT is a member of the Common Application. To apply to NJIT and be considered for admission to the Albert Dorman Honors College, go to, complete the application and answer all questions pertaining to the Honors College. In addition to all NJIT required components, the Dorman Honors College requires:

The Honors College essay serves to give you an opportunity to explain why you are a good fit for the Dorman Honors College. Explain what experiences have prepared you to become a Dorman scholar and how you will take advantage of the college's opportunities. See also Tips for Writing an Honors College Essay.  

The letter of recommendation should come from a 11th or 12th grade teacher in science, math, humanities or history who can describe your skills and aptitude in detail. We recommend asking a teacher who can comment on your character and reveal things about you that test scores and grades cannot. 

Admission with Advanced Standing

There are several pathways to beginning your studies at NJIT with "advanced standing", meaning that you will matriculate with earned college credits:

  • Advanced Placement: NJIT accepts a full range of AP credits, based on results of the AP test. In general, an AP score of 4 earns one semester’s credit and a score of 5 earns two semesters. For more information, see NJIT​ Admissions.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Program: Additional information is available on the First Year Students' website.
  • ​Credit by Examination: Students may earn credit for certain NJIT courses if they have acquired sufficient knowledge through nontraditional means like independent study or job related experiences. This program has two components: the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and NJIT Department Testing. For full details, please see the Credit by Examination Policy.

​For general questions about the Honors College and application process, please see our FAQs. Learn more about the Dorman Experience and visit us at an upcoming open house