Admissions and Benefits

The NJCU Honors Program is pleased to begin admissions for Fall 2021. Next year we will feature an innovative Honors Living-Learning Community at West Campus Village, several exciting new courses, and increased flexibility in university-supported Honors study abroad.

To be considered, prospective students must first apply and be accepted to New Jersey City University. Students admitted to NJCU with strong academic records will be invited to apply to our competitive Honors Program in late December 2020, as well as in January and February, 2021.

Students with strong interest should apply as quickly as possible, as spots in the Honors Program will be more limited this year. Preferred consideration will be offered to students who complete their FAFSA (or FAFSA alternative) at the time of application. FAFSA is required by the deadline of March 1st, 2021 for full admission to the Honors Program.

The Honors Program Committee reviews applicants by looking at high school GPA, class rank, high school transcripts, and SAT/ACT scores. We also have applicants submit a short essay and video. The requirements will be sent in the invitations to apply. Decisions about Honors Program admission are sent out on a rolling basis, approximately one month after application, throughout Spring 2021 until the spots are filled.

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Reception for graduating Honors students in 2018.
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Mock Trial Honors students and Dr. Esther Nir of Criminal Justice.


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 taking 15 or more credits each semester.
  • 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.