Honors College

Founded in 1969, the Honors College is a hub for excellence in education, undergraduate research, and applied learning at one of the nation’s premier urban public research universities.

Our innovative curriculum and commuter-friendly course schedule match our diverse cohort of curious students with award-winning faculty mentors who ensure students have the tools to become collaborative, ethical leaders and thoughtful lifelong scholars. Honors College students have won Truman, Goldwater, Gates-Cambridge, and Fulbright fellowships and admission to top professional and graduate schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. In project-based classes and research-driven senior theses, Honors College students create knowledge by probing the most relevant, urgent questions of our time and enrich the intellectual life of our public university while helping to make it a force for the common good. The Honors College has a proven track record as an engine of equity that creates social and economic mobility in our region, forming citizens who distinguish themselves as leaders in their professions and communities.

Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC)

The HLLC is redefining the notion of “honors” by creating intergenerational and interdisciplinary learning communities comprised of students, faculty, and community partners focused on tackling some of the nation’s most pressing social issues. For too long, traditional measures of student potential used in American higher education have been inadequate. SAT and ACT scores have missed wide swaths of our populations whose excellence is not readily detected through such limited instruments. Even when such students make it into college, they often remain at risk of falling through the cracks. Unsurprisingly, this is disproportionately the case with many students from low-income backgrounds in urban centers such as the City of Newark, Greater Newark, communities across New Jersey, and urban and rural communities everywhere.

Building organically on their own knowledge and lived experiences, HLLC students learn to increase cross-cultural competence and approach local challenges that resonate globally from historical, philosophical, legal, and comparative perspectives. The curriculum provides the flexibility to focus, in and out of the classroom, on issues ranging from civil rights, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion, domestic and international violence, environmental justice, health inequities, and questions of democracy and citizenship.