How to Apply

Incoming First Year Students

Incoming Transfer Students

Currently Enrolled Students

 

Incoming First Year Students

The priority deadline to apply for the Honors College was March 1, 2018. Applications are still being accepted and will continue to be reviewed until the program is fullWhile most students accepted to the Honors College have SAT scores of 1180 or higher, we encourage students with lower test scores who have taken honors courses or AP or IB courses, and who have extraordinary extracurricular or civic engagement records, and excellent high school GPAs to apply.
 

Freshman are considered for Honors College admission based on three of the five areas below.  Where appropriate, average statistics of students enrolling as Fall 2018 Honors College students are noted. All applicants should submit GPAs and test scores but may emphasize the other areas.

  • Grade Point Average – The average unweighted high school GPA is 3.57 (middle 50% range of 3.38 to 3.77)
  • Test Scores – The average test scores are 1240 SAT score (middle 50% range of 1180 to 1280) or an ACT score of 26 (middle 50% range of 24-27)
  • Curriculum – Most accepted students have taken one or more honors, dual-enrollment college, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate level courses.
  • Academic awards or honors received and extracurricular interests and activities
  • Essay quality and content


Please follow this link to apply to the Honors College (incoming freshmen in the fall of 2018): https://secure.wpunj.edu/wpblue/uhc_check.cfm

Application Deadline: March 1 

Applicants must submit an original essay as part of the 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 online 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.

Please follow this link to apply to the Honors College (incoming transfer student in the fall of 2016):

 https://secure.wpunj.edu/wpblue/uhc-transfer_check.cfm

Application Deadline: March 1 

Currently Enrolled Students

Students can also apply for admission to the Honors College after they have enrolled at William Paterson University. Students who have begun their studies at the University are not eligible for Honors College scholarships. Students typically enter the Honors College after their first year at William Paterson University. Applicants should review the Honors College Student Handbook to familiarize themselves with the Honors College requirements, including the additional required coursework. 

To be admitted to the Honors College at this point students should:

  • Have completed at least one semester and 15 credits toward graduation at William Paterson University
  • Have completed one Honors course with a grade of B or better
  • Have a William Paterson grade point average above 3.25
  • Have no more than one grade below a C on their college transcript
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores
  • Complete the on-line Honors College application and write a short essay that addresses the question of why they want to be a part of the Honors College.