The two college-wide honors programs at City College (the Macaulay Honors College at The City College and the City College Honors Program) prepare eager, exceptional and imaginative students (mostly incoming freshmen) for a lifetime of learning. The heart of each program is a challenging general education curriculum with small classes taught by our best faculty. Students receive individualized student services and access to exciting opportunities for internships and undergraduate research.
CUNY Macaulay Honors College
City College is one of seven colleges in the City University of New York that participates in the CUNY Macaulay Honors College. Rooted in the vitality of New York City and the intellectual energy and legacy of the flagship of the University, Macaulay provides outstanding educational opportunities, advising and financial support, the tools our most talented students need to excel in New York City and the world, in college and in life.
Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students are awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship, giving them the freedom to pursue their academic goals without financial burdens. They also receive a free lap-top computer, a study grant to take advantage of enrichment programs like study abroad and service learning, a “cultural passport” to the riches of NYC, and intensive mentoring and advisement.
Admitting only new first-year students interested in any major, admission is highly competitive.
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 curricular center of the program is the Honors Liberal Arts core, an enhanced and enriched version of the required core that includes interdisciplinary courses in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. It provides an excellent academic base regardless of a students' eventual specialization. Small classes are taught by outstanding faculty, who encourage student participation and rigorous study.