Honors Program

The Berkeley College Honors Program is a selective and voluntary 9 or 18-credit academic opportunity designed to educate, recognize, and retain our highly-motivated, high-achieving Associate and Bachelor degree-seeking students. The mission of the Honors Program is to provide a rigorous educational experience that focuses on theme-based seminars, community service engagement, and the development of student scholarship. Students are taught and mentored by Honors faculty, guest lecturers, writing consultants and librarians. Honors seminars are held at select New York and New Jersey campuses, and online. Each accepted Honors student is assigned to a particular location and learning community. Learning communities meet approximately once a week. Students must register for Honors seminars through their academic advisor.

The Honors Program is open to both incoming first-year students enrolled in an Associate or Bachelor degree program and continuing/transfer students enrolled in a Bachelor degree program. Students who meet the seminar, service, and scholarship requirements will receive the Honors Scholar distinction on their Berkeley College transcripts and diplomas. The distinction will be noted next to each student’s name in the Commencement booklets. Students will also receive an Honors Scholar cord to be worn over their gowns at Commencement.

Berkeley College continuing/transfer students seeking a Bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.50 grade point average (GPA) or higher, and a minimum of 18 semester credits, but no more than 80 semester credits by the next fall term, are eligible to apply for admission into the next honors continuing/transfer learning community. Continuing/Transfer Honors students starting the program will complete one honors seminar in each of the fall, winter, and spring semesters consecutively, culminating in a final Honors Thesis seminar in the spring semester. Transfer students must receive approval before applying to the Program.

Incoming first-year domestic or international students seeking Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees who have either high school GPAs of at least 3.00 or special approval from the Honors Program Director are eligible to apply for the first-year Honors program.

Associate’s degree-seeking first-year Honors students starting the program in the fall semester complete one first-year honors seminar in each of the fall, winter, and spring semesters consecutively.

Bachelor’s degree-seeking first-year Honors students starting the program in the fall semester complete one first-year honors seminar in each of the fall, winter, and spring semesters consecutively. First-year students continue into the second year of the Honors Program. 

All eligible students are invited to download an application via the Honors Program page on the Berkeley College website: click here. The application deadline is June 1st for domestic applicants seeking to join the first-year Honors Program the following fall. Applications should be e-mailed directly to the relevant campus Admissions Director.

The application deadline is August 1st for international applicants seeking to join the first-year Honors Program the following fall. Applications should be emailed directly to the International Admissions Director.

The application deadline is June 1st for applicants seeking to join the Continuing/Transfer Honors Program the following fall. Applications should be emailed directly to the Honors Program Director.

The three-member Honors Faculty Admissions Committee will review each application and select the next learning community of Honors students for the fall term. Students admitted into the program will receive a written response from the Honors Program Director within one month following the application deadline.

Each student in the Honors Program must sign an Honors Program Acknowledgment that the student must maintain a cumulative 3.00 Berkeley College GPA to remain in the program, among other requirements. Credits earned in the Honors Program will contribute toward the fulfillment of students’ liberal arts or free elective requirements.