Admissions and Benefits

*Applications to the NJCU Honors Program for Fall 2020 are now closed. They will open again in November, 2020. For updates, email

Prospective students should first apply and be accepted to New Jersey City University. Students are admitted to NJCU with strong academic records will be invited to apply to our competitive Honors Program each year in January and February.

We assess suitability for the program 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. Decisions about Honors Program admission are sent out annually in March and April.

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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 the NJCU Presidential Scholarship when a student joins the Honors Program. Students cannot receive both scholarships.