Honors at City College
The Honors Center provides academic support services to students in the William E. Macaulay Honors College at City and the CCNY Honors Program. These two college-wide programs provide generous financial support from freshman through senior year to students in any discipline. Both programs are highly competitive.
The Macaulay Honors College, originally called the CUNY Honors College, was founded in 2001 by former Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to attract exceptional students to CUNY. City College was one of the original partnering institutions. Students are admitted only as incoming freshmen, and NY state residents receive full tuition, excluding fees.Unique to Macaulay are the Cultural Passport, which gives students access to arts and cultural institutions;the Opportunities Fund, which supports study abroad, internships, fieldwork, and other forms of professional development;and the four interdisciplinary, New York City-themed core seminars. Community service is required, and service learning is encouraged.
City's own Honors Program predates the Macaulay initiative;students in the Honors Program have been awarded one of the several endowed scholarships offered by the college. Most students are admitted as incoming freshmen and receive annual scholarships of $5,000, plus Pell Grants and NY TAP if eligible. Continuing and transfer students may apply to CCNY Honors, but the benefits for them are academic, not financial. With support from the Herbert and Ruth Aschkenasy Opportunity Fund, CCNY Honors students are also able to study abroad, attend professional conferences, and prepare for graduate and professional school entrance examinations such as the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT.
In total, we welcome about 140 freshmen every fall. All our students take enhanced Pathways courses in small Honors sections to fulfill their general-education requirements. All Honors students receive individualized attention from a dedicated, professional advising staff and enjoy the community and camaraderie of the Honors Center Common Room.
The Honors Center also serves the broader student population of CCNY through the work of our National Scholarships Advisor, who guides outstanding students through the complex processes of applying for the Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, NSF, Truman, Soros, and similar prestigious scholarships.