Honors College


Honors College - Finding your Greatest Strength

The University Honors College at William Paterson University offers academically gifted students the space to explore new ideas and engage in intellectual and creative collaborations with experienced and dedicated members of the faculty. It offers a rigorous curriculum with a challenging array of courses, seminars, and co-curricular activities. The University Honors College provides a comprehensive educational experience that brings together the academic, residential, social, and cultural experiences of its students. It is open to students in all colleges and majors. More than five hundred students are currently enrolled in the Honors College.

The Benefits of Participating in the University Honors College

  • Honors College scholarships
  • Honors cluster of linked courses taught by honors faculty during 1st semester
  • Priority registration privileges
  • Opportunity to live in an honors learning community in High Mountain East during 1st year
  • Development of a final thesis or project with a faculty mentor
  • Opportunities to travel to conferences to present thesis or project research
  • Opportunities to take courses with embedded travel experiences
  • Recognition as a graduate of the University Honors College at convocation and commencement ceremonies, as well as on the diploma and transcript

Contact Us



EMAIL: andrewb@wpunj.edu

PHONE: (973) 720-3658


Associate Director

EMAIL: pinkstonj@wpunj.edu

PHONE: (973) 720-3776

Honors College News


Student Research Spotlight


Melanie Ventura presented "Alzheimer's Disease and Racial Disparities" through the clinical psychology and neuropsychology track. This research looks at the racial disparities between Caucasian Americans and African Americans in the diagnosis, prognosis and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Melanie Ventura '19

WPU Honors College Graduate


Student Research Spotlight


Noel Bota presented a thesis titled "The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: A Century of Research and Application" through the social sciences track. The study examined the Myers-Briggs’ personality assessment’s impact on society for the past century.

Noel Bota '19

WPU Honors College Graduate


Student Research Spotlight


William Smolen presented a thesis titled "David Wong on "You or Me"- an analysis" through the music track. This presentation is an analysis of his improvisational style on “You or Me” by Jimmy Heath, off his 2009 album Endurance.

William Smolen '19

WPU Honors College Graduate