2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin

Honors Programs

John Jay Honors Program

Application required

The John Jay College Honors Program seeks to provide cultural, social and academic opportunities to exceptionally motivated undergraduates. There are three entry points into the Honors Program:

Entering Freshmen : admission is based upon the student’s high school average and combined Quantitative and Verbal SAT score

Sophomores: 30-45 credits completed with a cumulative 3.3 GPA

Juniors: 60-75 credits completed with a cumulative 3.3 GPA

Transfer students must meet the above-mentioned criteria and submit official transcripts from previous institutions with the application. Eligible students will be invited to apply to the program. Students admitted to the program will complete 15-30 credits of honors coursework. Honors program students write a senior thesis and present their honors research at a national conference. For an application, please call 212.237.8553.

William E. Macaulay Honors College at John Jay

Application required

Students admitted to William E. Macaulay Honors College at John Jay benefit from a unique and challenging liberal arts curriculum that is related to the College’s mission of “educating for justice” and “building and sustaining just societies.” The curriculum prepares them for the rigors of graduate education and leadership in their professions and communities.

Admission to Macaulay Honors College depends on a student’s College Academic Average (CAA), SAT/ACT scores, writing sample, letters of recommendation and interview. Entering freshmen who are admitted to Macaulay generally have SAT scores (Verbal and Quantitative) greater than 1200 and CAAs greater than 90. The admissions process considers the unique qualities each student brings so that exceptional students who do not meet these criteria may be considered for the program.

As University Scholars, Macaulay students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.3 by the end of freshman year and maintain a 3.5 GPA by the end of sophomore year and thereafter. Students must complete all four of the Macaulay Honors Seminars and a minimum of four additional honors courses at John Jay. Students must also complete honors in the major whenever available, and a senior thesis, or a capstone project. In addition to these academic requirements, students must engage in community service, internships, undergraduate research, study abroad, and Honors College Common Events over the course of all four years in the Macaulay Honors College.