Admissions and Benefits

Honors Program Admissions

Prospective Honors Program students must first apply and be accepted to New Jersey City University in order to be considered. Learn more about NJCU here: Visit and Tour NJCU   

The admissions process for NJCU Honors has begun for students who will enroll in Fall 2022. High-achieving students who are admitted to study at NJCU are being reviewed and admitted to the Honors Program by the NJCU Honors Committee. This year, no additional essay or video is required. If you had a very strong high school GPA and do not hear from the Honors Program via a letter or an email, you are welcome to email to inquire about your status.

In 2022, 2023, and beyond, our program will continue to feature an innovative Honors Living-Learning Community at West Campus Village, exciting new courses, and increased flexibility in university-supported Honors study abroad. Please note that for Fall 2022, freshman students who enroll in the Honors Program will be required to dorm for their freshman year only. Some need-based housing scholarships will be available. Additional information about this requirement is available in the Honors admission letters we are mailing out and also sending via email.

Any student who wishes to study at NJCU starting Fall 2022, whether in the Honors Program or not, must complete their FAFSA (or FAFSA alternative):  

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Transfer Admissions

As of the 2021-22 academic year, the NJCU Honors Program is open to transfer students, with limited spots available. Students must first apply and be admitted to NJCU, at which point there will be an opportunity to apply for admission to our competitive Honors Program. 

Transfer students admitted to the program will be required to take some but not all of the credits in the Honors Core curriculum (32 credits). Those who enter NJCU with up to 24 credits earned will be required to take seven 3-credit Honors Core courses, totaling 21 credits, while those who enter with more than 24 credits earned are required to take only six 3-credit Honors Core courses, totaling 18 credits.

For more information, email

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Reception for graduating Honors students in 2018.


As a member of the Honors Program, each entering freshman student will receive the following benefits and opportunities:

  • Honors Scholarship – covering full tuition, beginning at $48,000 over four years. The scholarship is renewable for eight semesters as long as the student remains in the Honors Program and is in good standing.
  • A University supported study abroad experience.
  • A laptop computer.
  • Dedicated academic advisors to guide you in your college studies and coursework.

Honors scholars enjoy the challenges and rewards of working closely with distinguished faculty in small, interactive courses and on scholarly research projects. Beyond the classroom, Honors scholars engage in a variety of community activities that prepare them to become innovative leaders in their chosen professions. Although the Honors Scholarship does not cover room and board, Honors students do get priority admission to Residence Life’s enhanced dormitory experience: the leadership Living and Learning Community. Please also note that the Honors Scholarship replaces previous NJCU scholarship offers when a student joins the Honors Program. Students cannot receive multiple scholarships.

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Mock Trial Honors students and Dr. Esther Nir of Criminal Justice.