How to Apply

Incoming First Year Students

To be admitted to the Honors College as an incoming first year student in the fall, the following criteria must be met. If the following criteria are met, incoming first year students must complete the on-line Honors College application and compose a short essay. 

  • Average Honors students receive a 1183 SAT score (middle 50% range of 1130 to 1220- Critical Reading and Math only) 
  • Average Honors students have a 3.74 high school GPA (middle 50% range of 3.50 to 3.98)
  • Students must have completed honors, AP, and/or IB courses in high school

*The Honors College is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Applications for the Fall 2016 semester will be available later this year. Please note that the Honors application is separate from the general University application. 

 

Incoming Transfer Students

To be admitted to the Honors College as a transfer student in the fall, the following criteria must be met. If the following criteria are met, transfer students must complete the on-line Honors College application and compose a short essay.

  • Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5
  • Students must have completed honors or other challenging courses at the College level.
  • Students must submit SAT or ACT scores.

*The Honors College is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Applications for the Fall 2016 semester will be available later this year. Please note that the Honors application is separate from the general University application. 

 

Currently Enrolled Students

Students who are already enrolled at William Paterson University can also apply to the Honors College. Some students enter as sophomores; however, it is usually not possible to enter the Honors College after this point as Honors requires the completion of at least three Honors sections of University Core Curriculum as well as an Honors Track. To be admitted to the Honors College at this point, the following criteria must be met. If the following criteria are met, students must complete the on-line application and compose a short essay.

  • Students must complete the Honors application which is separate from the general University application. The link for the Honors application can be found under the "Student" tab on WP Connect. 

Please note that students must establish a William Paterson GPA of at least 3.25 in order to access the application. Students who enter the Honors College as established students are not eligible for the Honors scholarship.