The Honors College is comprised of motivated students who enroll in departments and schools throughout Rutgers University–Newark. Students join us as freshmen, transfers, and current students. 


For First-year Students:

The Honors College reaches out to admitted students on the University’s online admissions platform, where students are invited to apply for admission to the incoming Honors College cohort. Students invited to apply to the Honors College have distinguished themselves through a combination of their academic records, student leadership, and extracurricular activities. Students who join the Honors College may enroll in the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers Business School, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University–Newark.

To learn more, contact us at or at 973-353-5860.

For more information regarding financial aid or merit packages, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Rutgers University-Newark

For Transfer Students:

The Honors College strives to be a welcoming and supportive environment for transfer students, who make up a significant portion of our population. We work with transfer students to ensure the required curriculum is completed to align with graduation goals. Transfer students are invited to apply to the Honors College through the university’s online application platform.

Transfer students

For more information on how to apply or schedule an in-person interview, contact us at or at 973-353-5860.

For Current Students:

Students who discover they are interested in our academically rigorous and intellectually expansive curriculum or in working with a faculty mentor on an original research project can apply to the Honors College prior to the completion of their sophomore year.

Typically, students who join us will have at least a 3.5 GPA and are in their freshman or sophomore year of study. Visit us (Room 219-225, Engelhard Hall), email us at, or call us at 973-353-5860. Our team will be happy to talk about what opportunities the Honors College and our supportive student cohort can offer you.

Our students

About Our Students

The Honors College is a diverse, commuter-friendly cohort of students who support one another and pursue excellence on their way to professional and graduate school and competitive careers.

Of our cohort of about 250 students (as of Fall 2019):

  • 94% plan to continue their studies in graduate or professional school
  • 33% are pre-medical or pre-dental students
  • 14% are pre-law
  • 1 in 5 are majoring in business at Rutgers School of Business–Newark
  • 78% are commuter students
  • Our students come from more than 115 cities and towns throughout New Jersey
  • More than half are first-generation college students
  • More than half are Pell-grant eligible
  • Cohort GPA of 3.72