Honors Programs

The City College offers two college-wide honors programs for undergraduates, which are administered by the Honors Center (NA 4/150; 212-650-6917; cityhonors@ccny.cuny.edu).

The City College Honors Program

The City College Honors Program offers selected, high-achieving students in all disciplines a particularly challenging academic program in small classes. The heart of the program is the honors curriculum through which honors students fulfill their general education (Pathways) requirements. While Pathways requirements are determined by a student's major, the honors-level Pathways provides enhanced and enriched classes. Honors Pathways provides an excellent academic base regardless of a student’s eventual specialization. Classes are taught by outstanding faculty, who encourage student participation and rigorous study.

Retention in the City College Honors Program requires a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 and consistent full-time attendance. Upon successful completion of the honors program, the designation "Liberal Arts Honors" is entered on the student’s transcript.

To be eligible for the program as an entering first-year student, a student must have a high school average of at least 90% and appropriate performance on the SAT or ACT standardized tests. New first-year students will be considered for the program if they have applied to the Macaulay Honors College at The City College (see below) or if they have applied for scholarships at City College using the downloadable scholarship application available at http://ccny.cuny.edu/admissions under the heading Prospective Students/Admissions/Scholarships.

A small number of incoming transfer and continuing students may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the director. To be considered, these students must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher, completed fewer than sixty credits and have at least five Pathways courses still to be taken. Transfer students must have applied for admission to City College and submitted the scholarship application form. Continuing students are considered only for fall term admission. The City College Continuing Student Honors Program Application, due by the first Friday in June, is available in the spring term from the Honors Center (NAC Room 4/150, cityhonors@ccny.cuny.edu).

The Macaulay Honors College at The City College

The City College participates in the university-wide Macaulay Honors College, which accepts new freshmen with outstanding academic records. The program, which sponsors students on eight campuses in CUNY, encourages the highest level of academic accomplishment, cross-campus community, career exploration and service.

Among Pathways courses for Macaulay students are four special interdisciplinary seminars focusing on New York City. Additional Pathways courses are chosen from honors and other classes appropriate to the major.

Students are expected to achieve an overall G.P.A. of 3.3 by the end of their first year and maintain a G.P.A. of 3.5 from the end of their second year until graduation. Consistent full-time attendance is mandatory. Upon successful completion of the program, the designation "William E. Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York" is entered on the student’s record.

The program admits only new first-year students. The special application is available for electronic completion and submission at http://www.cuny.edu/admissions/apply.html The application deadline is December 1. Detailed information about additional benefits (including full-tuition scholarships) and requirements of the Macaulay Honors College can be accessed at www.macaulay.cuny.edu.

Research Honors in the Major

The City College is a research institution strongly committed to scholarship and research on the part of students as well as faculty. Almost every school, division and department has developed a structure within which qualified undergraduate students can pursue independent scholarly, creative or research projects under faculty guidance or can elect to assist a faculty member in a project. Students should have completed all basic requirements and be nearing completion of their specialization before they apply for independent study. In general, they should begin the departmental honors sequence well before they graduate. Faculty will assist eligible students in devising and arranging for cross-disciplinary projects.

In most cases, departmental honors courses are numbered 30100-30300 or 30400. Consult the departmental chair or academic advisor for details. Application for Research Honors must be made to the department by December 10 for the spring term and by May 1 for the fall term.