Founded in 1972, the Honors College at Rutgers University–Newark 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.
Curiosity. Integrity. Mobility. Excellence.
Spotlight: Current Student
Honors College senior Dayana Arrue, Earth and Environmental Sciences major
Honors College senior Dayana Arrue, an Earth and Environmental Sciences major, is pictured doing fieldwork funded by a summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF). She plans to get a Ph.D.
Join a cohort of curious, motivated students
Our students receive personalized support in a small college-like community, and are able to major in any area offered at Rutgers University–Newark; many are at Rutgers Business School–Newark.
Graduate with Honors
We celebrate excellence
Honors College graduates are celebrated at our annual spring Convocation where they receive certificates, along with tassels and pins that may be worn at University commencement ceremonies.
A Network of Supporters and Alumni
More than 1300 Honors College alumni have graduated since 1973
Honors College students are supported by a network of alumni who offer internship and mentoring opportunities, and return to campus to share their wisdom.
Pursue Your Passion
Write a senior thesis about what excites you
Each Honors College student works with a faculty mentor to write and present a senior thesis. Recent topics include cancer research at N.J. Medical School, a business plan, and a graphic novel.
A Legacy of Leadership
On campus, and off
Honors College students are leaders in their communities and at Rutgers University–Newark. They are athletes, student government representatives, and models of engaged citizenship.