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
- 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
2017 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.
HON1105 Honors Writing and Research (fall semester)
Groups first-year Honors students into a cohort and places them into a specifically designated Honors section of Writing and Research, a course required of all Berkeley College students that introduces expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition.
HON2205 Honors Writing Through Literature (winter semester)
Groups first-year Honors students into a cohort and places them into a specifically designated Honors section of Writing Through Literature, a course required of all Berkeley College students that further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in HON1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from myriad genres.
HON2210 Pre-Honors Seminar (spring semester)
Introduces first-year Honors students to the Honors Program. This course provides instruction in library research and the mechanics of writing a thesis paper.
HON3310 Honors Seminar (fall semester)
Introduces the Honors Program unifying theme used to structure the work of HON4400 and HON4410 seminars and demonstrates how the theme may be studied from different viewpoints.
HON4400 Advanced Honors Research (winter semester)
Focuses on annotating relevant research on a more focused Honors thesis topic within their major or the program theme. Students work in small groups to peer-review bibliographies, thesis outlines, and first drafts. This course integrates graded LibGuide tasks and proper citing and research techniques. Students develop their critical analyses and methodologies in more detailed outlines and first and second drafts.
HON4410 Directed Honors Research (spring semester)
Provides for the completion of directed honors-level research. This final seminar in interdisciplinary honors is devoted to the development of the capstone research project. Special lectures, screenings, and trips enhance the work of the seminar. The program culminates in the presentation of the students’ research in written and oral form.