Inclusive excellence in higher education is the mission of the Honors College at Rutgers University-Newark.  Our expansive interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum cultivates curiosity and fosters an environment of creativity and discovery, while nurturing engaged citizenry and community.



Welcome to the Honors College at Rutgers University-Newark


Our Approach

As part of an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, Honors College courses challenge our students to embrace advanced engagement and research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Our program culminates with a year-long thesis project in which honors students produce a piece of original scholarship.

Inside and outside the classroom, we encourage our students to actively participate in the intellectual dialogues happening across our campus and within the many other communities to which they belong.  To further foster a sense of citizenry, our students are involved in service work within these varied and diverse communities throughout their time in the Honors College.

We provide our students the guidance and support to succeed in their undergraduate careers and in preparation for their next steps.  This includes advising from our Honors College team and guidance from faculty mentors.

We build relationships of integrity and trust with our students, faculty, and other units at the University, working together to support Rutgers-Newark's commitment to provide an exceptional university education in a diverse urban setting.


Curiosity. Creativity. Discovery. Excellence.

Dear Students,

During this time of remote instruction and adjust to rapidly changing circumstances, our staff will be available both by phone and email during our regular office hours 8am-4pm. As we have updates, we will be sending them through Blackboard and RUN4Success. Below is our contact information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Melanie Smith: melanie.a.smith@rutgers.edu/ 973-353-5860 
Ivette Rosario: irosario@rutgers.edu / 973-353-0868 
Laura Troiano: ltroiano@rutgers.edu / 973-353-3905

Remember, you can find universitywide updates at: coronavirus.rutgers.edu

Be safe!

The Honors College

RU-N Research Week: April 19-23, 2021

An annual celebration of student research at our urban, public research university!

Research Week is co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Graduate School - Newark, RU-N GS-LSAMP, and the School of Arts and Sciences- Newark Dean's Office.

See full schedule and registration information  here

Research Week 2021: April 19-23
2020 HCSC Graduates: Nachi Sheel Photography

Graduate with Honors

We celebrate excellence

Honors College graduates are celebrated at our annual spring Convocation where they receive certificates and regalia they can wear at University Commencement!

Photo: Nachi Sheel

A Network of Supporters and Alumni

More than 1300 Honors College alumni have graduated since 1973

Honors College students are supported by a network of alumni who offer internship and mentoring opportunities, and return to campus to share their wisdom.

Fran McClain 2019 HC Convocation: Fred Stucker Photography

The Honors College at Rutgers University–Newark is a hub for excellence in education, undergraduate research, and applied learning at one of the nation’s premier urban public research universities. We have a diverse cohort of over 150 students, most of them commuters, who are looking for a small 'college within a college' that they can call home. Most of our students receive scholarship aid and are eligible to receive scholarships dedicated to Honors College students by some of our more than 1,300 graduates. Through our innovative curriculum every Honors College students graduates having worked on a project they care about with a faculty mentor. The Honors College runs a summer study abroad program for four weeks in Sicily and Malta. We offer exclusive undergraduate research and internship opportunities.  Honors College students receive special advising when applying for competitive national and international scholarships and fellowships. Recently our students have been finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship and winners of Gilman, Harry S. Truman, Goldwater, Gates-Cambridge, and Schwartzman awards.


In the last three years, 78% of our graduates have won admission to top graduate and professional schools, including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. Another 7% of our graduates go directly into jobs at Fortune 500 companies like JP Morgan Chase and Prudential.


Research Week 2019: Isaac Jimenez Photographer

Pursue Your Passion

Write a senior thesis about what excites you

Each Honors College student works with a faculty mentor to write and present a senior thesis. Recent topics include cancer research at N.J. Medical School, a business plan, and a graphic novel.

A Legacy of Leadership

On campus, and off

Honors College students are leaders in their communities and at Rutgers University–Newark. They are athletes, student government representatives, and models of engaged citizenship.

Christine Bernadette Beltran Garcia, 2019 RU-N Commencement: Anthony Alvarez Photographer
Honors College Guiding Words: Curiosity, Creativity, Discovery, Excellence
Honors College

Engelhard Hall, Room 219-225
190 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Tel: 973-353-5860

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Laura Troiano

Laura Troiano

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Acting Director of the Honors College

Audrey Truschke

Audrey Truschke

Associate Professor and Asian Studies Director

John Kuo Wei Tchen

John Kuo Wei Tchen

Chair of Public History & Humanities

Lynn Kuzma

Lynn Kuzma

Associate Professor of Sociology