Admissions and Benefits

Honors Program Admissions

The spring 2021 admissions process has concluded, and we are no longer accepting new applications for Fall 2021. We will provide updates here regarding the admissions process for students looking to begin in Fall 2022. In 2021, 2022, and beyond, our program will feature an innovative Honors Living-Learning Community at West Campus Village, exciting new courses, and increased flexibility in university-supported Honors study abroad.

To be considered for admission, 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. Preferred consideration will be offered to students who complete their FAFSA (or FAFSA alternative) at the time of application. 

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. Details of the requirements are sent to students in their invitation to apply. Decisions about Honors Program admission are sent out on a rolling basis each winter/spring, approximately four to six weeks after application, until the spots are filled.

Transfer Admissions

Beginning in 2021, the NJCU Honors Program will be 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.

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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 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.

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