How can I get invited to the Honors College or the Honors Academy? How do I find-out more about the Honors College at Rutgers University?
The invitation process for both the Honors College and the Honors Academy is very selective. Each program has an invitation process based on several factors regarding your performance in high school.
Please refer to the HC FAQ for any questions regarding HC admissions.
HC Admissions FAQ page: https://honorscollege.rutgers.edu/information/frequently-asked-questions
I was offered an invitation to an Honors College or Honors Academy. Will I be offered a merit based award?
While merit-based scholarships are awarded to students with high academic achievement, an invitation to the Honors College or the Engineering Honors Academy does not guarantee a merit based scholarship offer. So we have honors students who did not receive merit aid scholarships, and some scholarship recipients were not invited to our honors programs.
Why was I not accepted into the Honors Academy?
Congratulations on being accepted into the Rutgers School of Engineering! The profile quality of our student body has been increasing at an unprecedented rate for the past several years, and you are presently in a very competitive pool of students that have been accepted to Rutgers University.
This year’s applicant pool for the Engineering Honors Academy was even more competitive than previous years. Based on your student profile in comparison to your peers, the Engineering Honors Academy Application Review Committee has decided not to extend you an offer.
Keep in mind that the Engineering Honors Academy is not the only honors entity that exists within the School of Engineering. In our School of Engineering, nearly every engineering discipline has an associated Honor Society. If you maintain exceptional grades in comparison to your peers in your major, you will be invited to be inducted into the Honor Society related to your major. Furthermore, if you maintain exceptional grades in comparison to your peers, you will be invited to be inducted into the very prestigious Tau Beta Pi. Tau Beta Pi is the oldest engineering honor society for honors engineering students who have shown a history of academic achievement and a commitment to personal and professional integrity.
Again, congratulations on your acceptance into the School of Engineering, it’s no easy feat!
What are the housing options for continuing Honors Students?
Due to the limited space, Honors Housing for continuing students is limited to Honors Students only. For more information related to honors housing for continuing students please refer to the following website:
If you choose to live with a non-honors student, you can enter the general housing process.
I was recently invited to the Honors College at the School of Arts and Sciences. However, I was not invited to the Honors College for the School of Engineering?
Selection to the Honors College differs for the School of Arts and the School of Engineering based on where your student profile stands in comparison to the other students applying to those schools as well.
Can I enter the Honors Academy as a continuing engineering student?
Entrance into the Engineering Honors Academy is upon admittance to the School of Engineering. There is no other entry into the Engineering Honors Academy. The Honors Academy, not unlike the Honors College, is a community built of first years and extending until graduation.
Keep in mind that the Engineering Honors Academy is not the only honors entity that exists within the School of Engineering. In our School of Engineering, practically every engineering discipline has an Honor Society associated with it. If you maintain exceptional grades in comparison to your peers in your major, you will be invited to be inducted into the Honor Society related to your major. On top of that, if you maintain exceptional grades in comparison to your peers in your graduating year, you will be invited to be inducted into the very prestigious Tau Beta Pi. Tau Beta Pi is the oldest engineering honor society which honors engineering students that have shown a history of academic achievement as well as a commitment to personal and professional integrity.
When will I hear about getting into Honors Academy or College?
If you are invited to take part in any Honors program, you will receive an email regarding their acceptance into the Honors Academy or College by mid to late January. They will also receive a subsequent email with an invitation to the Engineering Honors Academy admitted students sessions.
How can I get invited to the Engineering Honors Academy admitted students sessions?
The Engineering Honors Academy admitted students sessions is only open to prospective Honors Academy students, who will be receiving an invitation.
What are the differences between the Honors College and the Engineering Honors Academy?
Both the Honors College and the Engineering Honors Academy are exciting opportunities for high achieving students.
The Rutgers School of Engineering Honors Academy is designed to challenge, inspire, and sustain a select group of highly self-motivated engineering students who have demonstrated remarkable academic ability, enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and a clear potential to make a difference as a leader in whatever field of engineering they pursue. During their first year, it is strongly recommended that Engineering Honors Academy students live on the second floor of Barr Hall (an All-Engineering Residential Hall) on Busch Campus. Through the Engineering Honors Academy, students will be exposed to various dimensions of the engineering field. The environment also offers a collaborative community of academically focused individuals.
The Honors College is a unique interdisciplinary experience, where students of various disciplines live and work together to tackle global issues. During their first year, Honors College students will be residing on College Ave in the Honors College building built exclusively for Honors College students.
These are the required courses unique to each program:
Engineering Honors Academy
• Honors Intro to Engineering I
• Honors Development & Design I & II
• Honors College Forum
• Byrne Seminar
• Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar
Both programs, during the first year, offer Honors sections of Math, Physics, and Honors Mechanics-Statics.
Are Honors Academy students required to take Honors Calculus/Physics/Statics?
All Honors students MUST follow the engineering honors curriculum (math/physics/statics). Exceptions may be made by the Honors Academy Director based on extenuating circumstances. However, no course in the honors curriculum may be taken outside of Rutgers.
What happens to my merit-aid scholarship if I transfer to the School of Engineering from another school such as SAS or SEBS to the SoE?
In general, merit-aid scholarships do not transfer when students transfer between schools at Rutgers. School of Engineering honors the merit-aid award that students were eligible to receive base on the School of Engineering standard at the time of their admission to Rutgers. Since SoE may have a higher standard for merit-based awards, school-to-school transfer students may lose their scholarships or qualify for a different award with a reduced amount. Also,
What happens is I receive a below a “B” in one of my Honors courses?
If you receive less than a B in any of your Honors courses, you will receive an Honors Academy warning in your profile. Honors Academy students that receive below a "B" in a Calculus course are required to take next Calculus course in the sequence as a non-Honors course (and must receive an "A" in that course). Students, in this specific scenario, can only take one Calculus course outside the Honors sequence. Also, in the event that a student receives less than a B, in Calculus, this will create a "warning" in the student's Honors Academy profile. Honors Academy scholars with "warnings" in their profiles will receive less favorable references from the Honors Academy.
What happens is I receive less than a cumulative GPA of 3.2?
If an Honors Academy receives a cumulative GPA of less than 3.2, during a given semester, they will be placed on probation the following semester. If the student is unable to raise their cummulative GPA above a 3.2 during your probation semester, they are dismissed from the Honors Academy.