Frequently asked questions about 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
Through careful advising, a thoughtful Honors curriculum, and our commitment to service, the Dorman College creates distinguished outcomes. You will be joining a robust community of 600 scholars with the resources of an R1 university that fosters interdisciplinary learning and cultivates future ethical leaders
The Albert Dorman Honors College considers students who have competitive SAT/ACT score (Current SAT average 1500/ ACT average 34); 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.
- Current NJIT students and incoming transfer students are welcome to apply if they have outstanding records and a 3.6 GPA in a rigorous, college-level curriculum.
- 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
- 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
- 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 per semester
- See also Honors Requirements
NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College
156-182 Warren Street, 2nd Floor
Newark, N.J. 07102
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First-year scholars are given top priority in Honors Hall. Sophomores are given second priority, juniors and seniors, third priority. We cannot "guarantee" that you will be in Honors Hall, but historically, with very rare exceptions, we have been able to accommodate every first-year scholar who has deposited and filled out the housing forms before May 1.
You can view the following sites for information on housing:
Information about how to apply as a first-year or transfer student can be found here
- Accelerated programs are available in Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physical Therapy, and Law. See Accelerated Programs.
- Each program has its own requirements and deadlines. See Requirements and Details for the Pre-Health Program and for the Pre-Law Program.
- You may choose among many of our majors for these programs.
- For additional information, click here to read our FAQ document.
- For our BS/MS Accelerated Program with NJMS read our Fact Sheet here
The Honors College does have a Transfer Program. Exceptional students currently at NJIT as well as those already admitted as transfer students to NJIT are invited to apply to the Dorman Honors College - both categories are considered transfers. Admission is competitive.
Our website provides information on the process, requirements, and deadline dates for Fall and Spring admission: https://honors.njit.edu/content/transfer-applicants
Log into NJIT’s portal to view your NJIT status and your Honors status: connect.njit.edu/apply/status
You can either submit your documents to the Admissions Department for them to upload additional documents, or you can log into NJIT’s portal and upload the documents yourself: connect.njit.edu/apply/status
We update all decisions through the NJIT application portal (here) and send subsequent communication
- Accelerated programs: November 1st
- For Fall admission: February 1st
Our Honors Ambassadors participate in campus events, and special events hosted by the Honors College. NJIT campus events are listed here
The Albert Dorman Honors College has two decision dates: December and February. Decisions will be posted on the NJIT portal, for both the Honors College applicants and the Dean's Scholars applicants.
- All Dorman Scholars who are US citizens or permanent residents receive a merit-based scholarship package in addition to any other aid for which you might be eligible. Communication regarding awards are sent after admission.
- 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
- Click here for information on Financial Aid for Newly Admitted Students.
We do have a limited number of additional merit opportunities listed on our website: https://honors.njit.edu/currentstudents/scholarships
In addition, you should reach out to Financial Aid to see if you are eligible for Federal Work Study: https://www5.njit.edu/financialaid/typesofaid/studentemployment/
The University also works with Scholarship Universe to direct students to external sources of funding: https://www5.njit.edu/financialaid/scholarship-universe-njit
International students are considered for merit aid at the time of admission to NJIT and will be notified after the completion of the visa process.
We do not rank our applicants on the waitlist. We holistically review all applicants to determine which applicants to accept into the Dorman Honors College or the Dean’s Scholars Program.
It is an extremely competitive process for limited seats in the Honors College. Since we are not able to accommodate all 2500+ applications we receive annually, the waitlisted applicants are those we would like to invite into the Honors College given the opportunity to do so.
Our Admissions Team is continuously monitoring the waitlist until the deadline date for the Admissions into NJIT and the Honors College (May 1).
We are excited to welcome you to the NJIT & Albert Dorman Honors College family and HIGHLANDER NATION!
Click here to view next steps for admitted students.
Changing your major does not affect your scholarship or admission into the Dorman Honors College in any way. Our advisors will be available this summer to work closely with you to begin to develop your own Honors Educational Plan and to help you explore your interests and maximize your opportunities while you are here at NJIT.
This program was established to prepare Honors scholars for careers as leading physicians in the technology-driven landscape of modern medicine. Opportunities afforded by participation in this program include specialized pre-health advising, a dedicated Honors curriculum in medical humanities, focused research opportunities, access to clinical/shadowing experiences, etc. While you have not been selected for one of our accelerated BS/MD programs at this time, as an Honors Pre-Health Scholar, you will have the option to accelerate your studies by applying to one of our articulated programs after your first or second year (depending upon the program). Available options include:
BS/MD with Ponce Health Sciences University: an American, allopathic medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
Early Interview Assurance Program with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine: a domestic osteopathic medical school accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
BS/MD with Saint George’s University in Grenada
BS/MD with American University of Antigua
BS/DMD with Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
BS/DPT with Rutgers School of Health Professions
BS/MS (Physician Assistant) with Rutgers School of Health Professions
BS/MS, BS/MBA, BS/PhD at NJIT
Additionally, with careful advising, you may be able to complete all degree requirements in an expedited manner and apply “early” to NJMS or any other professional school through the NJIT Pre-Health Committee.
The Dean’s Scholars Programs are academic honors programs housed within five of NJIT’s degree-granting colleges: College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA), Ying Wu College of Computing (YWCC), Newark College of Engineering (NCE), and Martin Tuchman School of Management (MTSM), and Hillier College of Architecture and Design (HCAD).
As a Dean’s Scholar, you will receive a distinctive honors education and opportunities from your college such as:
Honors courses within your college
Professional networking - meet with distinguished speakers and industry leaders
Honors advising through your college
Priority consideration for admission to the Albert Dorman Honors College through sophomore year. You can choose to apply to become a Dorman Scholar after the completion of your first or second year. Seats are limited and the application process is competitive, but applications from Dean’s Scholars will be given priority during their evaluations.
You can review our website for more information: https://honors.njit.edu/deanscholar
The distinction between these two academic Honors paths at NJIT are mainly in terms of their curriculum.
Dean's Scholars pursue an honors curriculum consisting of 3 "Honors-only" courses within their degree granting college over the course of their time at NJIT. You are also required to attend one of our co-sponsored Colloquia per term (our distinguished speakers events).
Dorman Scholars pursue a multidisciplinary, 11-course honors curriculum. They are required to attend two colloquia per term. They are also required to engage in 60 hours of community service per academic year.
Currently, accelerated programs are only offered through the Albert Dorman Honors College.