There are two application processes for the Honors College. One is for incoming first year students and incoming transfer students who apply before entering WP. The other is for current WP students. Please see below for more information: Incoming First Year Students Incoming Transfer Students Current WP Students Incoming First Year Students Fall 2022 Applications now open. The priority deadline to apply for the Honors College for the Fall 2022 semester is March 1, 2022. University Honors College scholarships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet the Honors College admissions criteria and have been admitted to the University during their senior year of high school. In 2021, the Honors College scholarship amount was $4,000 per year. Admission requires a completed Honors College application. These awards are packaged with all other sources of merit and need-based financial aid. The priority application deadline for this scholarship is March 1, although applications will continue to be reviewed until the program is full. Joining the Honors College requires adding an Honors research or creative performance track, usually five or six courses, to students' degree requirements. Admissions to the Honors College is competitive and the number of students awarded scholarships is limited. First year students are considered for Honors College admission based on five of the six areas below. All applicants are required to submit high school transcripts and an essay. The Honors College is test-optional. Students without SAT or ACT scores should submit the Statement of Academic Goals. WP Online students are not currently eligible for the Honors College. Grade Point Average – The average unweighted high school GPA is 3.62 ( middle 50% range of 3.49 to 3.81) Test Scores – The average test scores are 1210 SAT score (middle 50% range of 1140 to 1260) or an ACT score of 24 (middle 50% range of 22 to 27). The Honors College is test optional. Students may - but are not required - to submit SAT or ACT test scores as part of the Honors College application process. Applicants with only PSAT or Pre-ACT scores may submit a PDF of their scores after submission of their Honors College application. Curriculum – Most accepted students have taken multiple honors, dual-enrollment, college-level, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate-level courses in their high school careers. Academic awards or honors received and extracurricular interests and activities. Essay - Submit an original essay of at least 300 words in which you address ONE of the following questions: Why do you wish to join the University Honors College at William Paterson University? Or: Why is education important to you or your family or society? Essays will be judged on quality and content. Statement of Academic Goals, Research, or Creative Performance Objectives. Please follow this link to apply to the Honors College (incoming first year students in the Fall of 2022): https://secure.wpunj.edu/wpblue/uhc_check.cfm Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2022. Applicants must submit an original essay as part of the application. Incoming Transfer Students Transfer Students Incoming transfer students (who are not fully online as part of WP Online) are welcome to apply to the Honors College and are eligible for the Honors College scholarship. Joining the Honors College requires adding an Honors research or creative performance track, usually five or six courses (equivalent to a minor), to students' degree requirements. Transfer students are considered for Honors College admission based on a review of the following areas: Cumulative college GPA - Most transfer Honors students have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Curriculum - Most transfer Honors students have completed honors courses at the college level. Academic awards or honors received and extracurricular interests and activities. Essay - Submit an original essay of at least 300 words in which you address ONE of the following questions: Why do you wish to join the University Honors College at William Paterson University? Or: Why is education important to you or your family or society? Essays will be judged on quality and content. Students with limited college coursework may be asked to submit their high school transcript(s) and test scores. Please follow this link to apply to the Honors College (incoming transfer students in the Fall of 2022): https://secure.wpunj.edu/wpblue/uhc-transfer_check.cfm Application Deadline: March 1, 2022. Currently Enrolled Students The Honors College is open to all current William Paterson students who have obtained a William Paterson GPA of 3.25 or higher working to complete a bachelor's degree. WP Online students are not currently eligible for the Honors College. Joining the Honors College requires adding an Honors research or creative performance track, usually five or six courses, to students' degree requirements. The Honors College research and creative performance tracks accept students who are sophomores or juniors. Students must apply to the Honors College and be accepted prior to applying for an Honors Track. Current William Paterson University first year students: William Paterson first year students not already enrolled in the Honors College who earn a WP grade point average of 3.5 or above in their first semester and will be starting their sophomore year in the fall semester are eligible to apply for the Honors Excel scholarship in the amount of $2000 per year. The Honors Excel scholarship is competitive with a limited number of awards. Applying is a two-step process. First, in the spring semester of your first year, complete the Honors application on the WPConnect Student Tab by April 15. Second, eligible students will be sent an additional form and must submit an additional essay to complete by May 15. Honors Excel Scholarship Awards will be announced in June. Current William Paterson University students who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors are not eligible for Honors scholarships but can still apply to the Honors College. Students typically enter the Honors College after their first year at William Paterson University. Seniors generally cannot complete the academic requirements and are rarely accepted. Applicants should review the Honors College Student Handbook to familiarize themselves with the Honors College requirements, including the additional required coursework. Please check with your academic advisor before applying. To be admitted to the Honors College as a current student, applicants should: Complete at least one semester and 15 credits toward graduation at William Paterson University Have a cumulative William Paterson GPA above 3.25 Have no more than one grade below a C on their college transcript Complete 90% of attempted credits Complete the on-line Honors College application in WPConnect and write a short essay that addresses the question of why they want to be a part of the Honors College. Current WP students should apply through the Honors application under the student tab in WPConnect.