Questions & Answers About the Honors College

What is the Honors College?

  • A college with over 700 students in all NJIT majors
  • A place for you to build a social network of academically-minded high-achievers
  • A learning environment that includes research, internship, and co-op opportunities to enrich your college experience.  Nearly all Honors students engage in a research project, internship, or co-op by their senior year.
  • See also About the Honors College and Honors Research and Internships

Do I Qualify for the Honors College?

Incoming Freshmen

  • The Albert Dorman Honors College considers students who have SAT scores of combined Critical Reading and Math SAT scores of 1300 (old SAT), 1370 (new SAT), or higher, (or ACT composite score of 30); are in the top 10 percent of their high school class or have at least a B+ average; have taken the most challenging courses their high school offers; and have a wide range of interests, leadership activities, and community service. Our requirements are rigorous yet flexible, and we consider the applicant's entire record. Those who do not meet all of the criteria can be considered for Honors if they present otherwise excellent credentials.

Students with Some College

  • Current NJIT students and incoming transfer students are welcome to apply if they have outstanding records and a 3.5 GPA in a rigorous, college-level curriculum.

What makes the Honors College different? What will I do?

  • You will undertake an individualized Honors learning experience that can include Honors courses, thesis-level research, professional development experiences, and study abroad opportunities.
  • You will have exclusive use of an Honors lounge, study and computing areas.
  • You get guaranteed on-campus housing.
  • You will attend at least two Honors Colloquia each semester.
  • You will participate in campus or community service.
  • See also Academics.

What are honors courses?

  • Honors courses have a lower student-to-teacher ratio (typically 15:1), are taught at a high level, and delve into the subject more deeply.
  • They are taught by the best faculty in each department.
  • They are available throughout the curriculum – sciences, engineering, math, English, history, etc.
  • They are available throughout your 4 or 5 years
  • See also Honors Courses and Programs

What are Honors Colloquia?

  • A series of talks, lectures, and panels that address current scientific and social issues of the day, career information, site visits, and other events, presented by leaders who are actively using the kinds of skills you will be learning at NJIT.
  • See also Honors Colloquia

Do I get a special scholarship?

  • All Honors students from both in and out of the state of New Jersey receive a merit-based scholarship package in addition to any other aid for which you might be eligible. Your particular situation depends on your SAT scores and high school record.
  • The total aid package (including that offered by NJIT's Office of Financial Aid) may range from about one-half to full tuition, and may also include a room grant. 
  • See also Honors Scholarships

What Are the Accelerated Programs, How Do I Qualify, and How Do I Apply?

What do I have to do to maintain my standing in the Honors College?

  • Take Honors courses and become involved in milestone learning experiences.
  • Maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA each term.
  • Attend at least two colloquia per semester.
  • Engage in approved campus (15 hours) and community (15 hours) service .
  • See also Honors Requirements