Photo of Honors Program students at the Honors Society Induction Ceremony. Photo of Honors Program students at the Honors Society Induction Ceremony.

Honors Program

Be challenged

Each year, the Berkeley College Honors Program offers a highly selective, interdisciplinary, and seminar-based educational opportunity to high-achieving, full-time students seeking Associate's or Bachelor's degrees.

The Honors Program is a rigorous educational opportunity offered to a learning community of high-achieving students. Honors students are exposed to theme-based interdisciplinary seminars, enhance their research writing and oral presentation skills, and provide community service to the College and community. Themes are chosen to reflect topics that are timely and relevant and change each year.

Honors seminars are conducted by senior faculty teams chosen for their subject expertise, their ability to engage students in sustained discussions, and their use of innovative teaching methods and technology.

First-Year Honors learning communities meet in person on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and Woodbridge campuses.

Continuing/Transfer Honors learning communities participate in online seminars or meet in person on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:45 PM at the New York City, White Plains, Woodland Park, and Woodbridge campuses and Online.

Honors students also are involved in field trips, plenary sessions, co-curricular activities, and special events. All Honors students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.

Benefits of participating:

  • Distinctive academic recognition as an "Honors Scholar" on diploma and transcript
  • Involvement in a learning community with other high-achieving students across the system
  • Limited enrollment facilitates active participation and close relationships with peers and faculty
  • Preparation for higher-level learning and challenges
  • Opportunity to serve the Berkeley College campuses and community as a student leader and academic role model
  • Chance to present an honors thesis or poster to the Berkeley community
  • Recognition at Honors Scholars Graduate Reception upon program conclusion
  • Earn an Honors Program cord to be worn at graduation

Admissions Process for Fall First-Year Cohort

Every fall, Berkeley College invites high school graduates from the most recent academic year to apply for admission to the Honors Program. Students are only admitted during the fall semester. Students may apply online or through Admissions. Learning communities will meet at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and Woodbridge campuses on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM.

The Admissions Department will identify potential candidates for the Honors Program. Only incoming high school graduates from the most recent academic year seeking Associate's or Bachelor’s degrees will be considered. Students will be evaluated against a set of criteria, including, but not limited to a minimum high school GPA of 3.00.

To apply, candidates must:

  • Complete and submit an Honors Program application (eForm) (PDF)
  • Provide evidence of relevant past academic achievements
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit an unofficial transcript including GPA and credits
  • Provide one letter of recommendation

The applications will be sent to the Honors Admissions Committee for consideration. No applications will be accepted after June 1. The admissions process is held from September to June.

The Honors Admissions Committee consists of three faculty members. Upon review of the student’s application, a personal interview may be requested. Students not admitted into the first-year cohort Honors Program will be placed on a waiting list and considered for the subsequent fall continuing student learning community.

Eligibility Criteria for Tuition Scholarship for Honors First-Year Students

2019 high school graduates who are accepted to the Honors Program will receive a 50% or full-tuition scholarship, based on high school GPA. Students must be full-time enrolled and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA each award period to retain their scholarship. 

Award amounts applied after all other federal and state grants and scholarships are calculated, and will not exceed the remaining cost of tuition and fees. Students who achieved a high school GPA between 3.00 and 3.49 are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship. Students who achieve a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship. Cost of books, supplies, housing, and graduation fees are not included. 

Honors Program Freshman Student Forms

First-Year Students Honors Program Acknowledgment

Community Service Verification

 

Admissions Process for Fall Continuing Cohort

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Continuing or transfer students seeking Bachelor's degrees
  • Students must have earned at least 18 credits by the Fall start of the program and verify credit status with academic advisement
  • Students must be able to participate in learning communities at either the New York City, White Plains, Woodland Park, or Woodbridge campuses on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:45 PM or participate online.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.50 is required

Candidates will be asked to complete an application (eForm) (PDF) and submit attachments consisting of the following, but not limited to:

  • One written essay - the topic is provided in the application
  • Evidence of relevant past academic achievements
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter from your academic advisor verifying credit eligibility

The applications will be sent to the Honors Admissions Committee for consideration. No applications will be accepted after July 1for fall start. The admissions process is held from September to June.

The Honors Admissions Committee consists of three faculty members. Upon review of the student’s application, a personal interview may be requested.

Honors Program Continuing/Transfer Student Forms

Continuing Students Honors Program Acknowledgment

Community Service Verification

Admissions Process for International First-Year Students Cohort

Every fall, Berkeley College invites first-year students to apply for admission to the Honors Program. Students are only admitted during the fall semester. Students may apply online or through International Admissions. Learning communities will meet at the New York City, Woodland Park, White Plains, and Woodbridge campuses on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM.

The International Admissions Department will identify potential candidates for the Honors Program. Only incoming first-year students seeking Associate's or Bachelor’s degrees will be considered. Students will be evaluated against a set of criteria, including, but not limited to a minimum high school GPA of 3.00. The minimum GPA requirement is waived for adult students. 

To apply, candidates must:

  • Complete and submit an Honors Program application (eForm) (PDF
  • Provide evidence of relevant past academic achievements
  • Submit a resume (if available)
  • Submit an unofficial transcript including GPA and credits
  • Provide one letter of recommendation

The applications will be sent to the Honors Admissions Committee for consideration. No applications will be accepted after August 1. The admissions process is held from September to June.

The Honors Admissions Committee consists of three faculty members. Upon review of the student’s application, a personal interview may be requested. Students not admitted into the first-year cohort Honors Program will be placed on a waiting list and considered for the subsequent fall continuing student learning community. For the 2017-2018 year, enrollment will be capped to 20 across the system.

Eligibility Criteria for Tuition Scholarship for Honors International First-Year Students

All accepted Honors International First-Year students will receive a 50% tuition scholarship. Students must be full-time enrolled and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA each award period to retain their scholarship. International students who receive the Honors Scholarship are not eligible for any other institutional aid. Cost of books, supplies, housing, and graduation fees not included.

Honors Program International Student Forms

International First-Year Students Honors Program Acknowledgment

Community Service Verification

 

Goals

The Berkeley College Honors Program offers a voluntary and selective one- or two-year special academic experience within the School of Liberal Arts designed to:

  1. Help Honors students remain consecutively enrolled.
  2. Help Honors students complete their Associate and Bachelors’ degree programs as “Honors Scholars.”
  3. Help Honors students feel connected with the Berkeley College community.
  4. Facilitate the improvement of oral communication and professional presentation skills.
  5. Facilitate the improvement of information literacy, critical thinking, and academic writing skills.
  6. Encourage Honors students to become more civically-engaged via community service activities.
  7. Encourage Honors Scholars to pursue graduate schools or post-degree training.

Director

Byron Hargrove 

Byron K. Hargrove, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program
Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences
44 Rifle Camp Road
Woodland Park, NJ  07424
973-278-5400 ext. 1440
byron-hargrove@berkeleycollege.edu