Fact Sheet

"An Experiment That Works"

The mission of the Albert Dorman Honors College is to offer excellent students a superior academic program, hands-on research activities and projects in order to prepare them to be leaders in their fields.

 

History

The Albert Dorman Honors College, founded in 1985 as the Institute Honors Program, became a college in 1995 with an endowment from Albert Dorman and other generous donors.  The College now enrolls over 700 exceptional Honors Scholars in all majors offered at NJIT.

 

Academics

Honors Scholars are enrolled in specially designed Honors classes.  The university’s academic departments now offer over forty such Honors courses.  Over the past several years, twenty-five new Honors sections or courses were created in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Mathematics, and Mechanics.

Accelerated combined programs are available in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and law. The Accelerated BS/JD program with Seton Hall University School of Law, the Honors Management minor, and the Honors BS/MS in Management were created to enable Honors students to tailor their studies to their interests and career goals. Accelerated students now have a choice of thirteen major areas, offered by departments in the Newark College of Engineering, the College of Science and Liberal Arts, the Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences, the Martin Tuchman School of Management, and the College of Architecture and Design.


Colloquium

The Honors College offers a dozen colloquia each semester for its students and the NJIT community, focusing on the interface between science, technology and society. They feature talks by and conversations with industry, academic, and government leaders on a wide range of topics. Field trips to corporate, scientific, cultural, and community organizations are also included. Examples of some annually recurring colloquia:

  • Honors College Board of Visitors Roundtable
    An annual event is this meeting of honors students with members of the College's Board of Visitors, representing business, industry and academia, for conversations about careers.
  • A guided trip to Washington, DC
    An annual spring colloquium, the trip exposes students to the federal policymaking process and explores a range of professional fields in both the executive and legislative branches of our government. With a long-time Washington veteran as our host, we get inside legislative and executive-branch offices and have meetings with top policy-makers.  In May 2015, Honors College students met with Senator Cory Booker. 
  • Honors Night at the Theater
    At least once a semester, Honors students can attend a theater production conducted in cooperation with the
    NJIT/Rutgers theater program, featuring attendance at a play and a conversation with the director.


Scholarships 

All Honors scholars receive merit-based scholarships and grants.

 

Research & Internships

Honors students carry research projects and internships in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology, including:

  • Developing a compact artificial kidney device that uses membrane separations and tissue engineering to carry out the two vital functions of the human kidney
  • Clinical research comparing the advantages of two types of grafts in spinal fusions
  • Research in developing a high throughput screen for increased protein activity
  • Internship with Becton Dickinson in the Internal Audit Department - traveled to Mexico City and Buenos Aires for two audits
  • Characterization of High-K Devices for Future C-MOS Applications
  • Internship with Antenna, Microwave and Optical Systems Branch of NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland
  • Mathematical modeling of the rate of formation of nylon film

 

Service

Honors students carry out service projects and activities both on and off campus, such as:

  • Engineers Without Borders service projects
  • Newark Thirteenth Avenue School tutors
  • Mentors with Newark high school students in the FIRST Robotics competition
  • SAT prep instructors for Newark high school students 
  • General Manager of WJTB, the NJIT radio station
  • NJIT Writing Center tutors

 

Careers

Honors alumni have gone on to noteworthy careers in industry, government, and academia, including positions at:

Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies U.S. Navy, Civil Engineering Corps
Bristol-Myers Squibb Merrill Lynch
Eastman Kodak Morgan Stanley
General Motors Motorola
Hewlett-Packard Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Honeywell Schering-Plough Pharmaceutical
ITT Industries U.S. Air Force
L3: ILEX Systems, Inc L’Oreal
Credit Suisse Deutsche Bank
US Army ARDEC, Fort Picatinny Google

 

Graduate or Professional Education

Nearly half of Honors graduates go on to graduate and professional schools, an exceptionally high proportion for technological universities. Honors students have continued their education at some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate and professional schools, such as:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Seton Hall Law School
  • Stanford University
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • Yale Law School
  • NJIT