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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Honors at CCNY?

Both the Macaulay Honors College and The City College Honors Programs offers selected, high-achieving students in all disciplines a particularly challenging academic program in small class settings. The core of the program is the liberal arts general education curriculum which includes interdisciplinary courses in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.  Honors encourages community involvement, career exploration and service and offers students close advising on both academic and professional goals.

How do I become an Honors student?


Macaulay Honors College:

Students must apply by special online application or by calling 1-212-729-2929. The application deadline is December 1st for regular admission. This is an “all-purpose application” applying to The Macaulay Honors College, Honors Program at City College and City College of New York application.

The City College Honors Program:

New first-year students will be considered for the program if they have applied to the Macaulay Honors College at The City College or if they have applied for scholarships at City College using the City College scholarship application .

A small number of incoming transfer and continuing students are admitted to the program at the discretion of the director. To be considered, these students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and should have at least five general education course requirements left to take, depending on their majors.  Applications for continuing students are available here (link).

What are Honors courses like?

Honors courses are designed for serious, high-achieving students. Classes are taught by our best faculty in small class settings (maximum 25 students) and are largely discussion based. Honors require students to go more in depth in their subject and put more emphasis on writing, discussion, presentation and projects.

Do Honors students receive priority registration?

Yes!  Honors students receive first-day registration privileges.

How do I sign up for an Honors course?

All students must meet with their honors academic advisor during the pre-registration process to consult about their upcoming semester courses. Honors courses filled are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Students are registered for these courses by their advisors.

What type of undergraduate research and internship opportunities are available for Honors students?

Honors students have the opportunity to participate in in-depth and hands-on research and internship experiences both on and off the college campus.
Undergraduate Research - Students are able to secure lab research positions on campus working under the tutelage of our best faculty, and through National Science Foundation (NSF) funding experiences at top-notch labs in the NYC area, domestically and abroad.

Internships – Our students have gained entry into prestigious internship positions in a wide range of industries and fields such as WNET Channel 13, The CUNY Rogowsky Internship Program in Washington DC, HIV Law Project, Fast Company Magazine, and  Merck and General Electric, just to name a few.

 What type of Study Abroad Programs are available for Honors students?

Honors students can take advantage of opportunities to live and study in some of the world′s greatest cities through programs offered by City College, CUNY and outside colleges/universities and agencies. Honors students have participated in Study Abroad programs in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, London, Paris, Florence, Beijing, Barcelona, Berlin, and Quito. Funding is available through the Opportunities Fund (for Macaulay Honors College students), and various other scholarships.

What do I have to do to remain an Honors student in good standing?

In order to remain in good standing students are expected to achieve the following:

Macaulay Honors College -    3.3 GPA at end of freshman year
                3.5 at the end of sophomore year until graduation
                Full-time status (15 credits minimum each semester)

City College Honors -         3.0 GPA
                Full-time student (12 credits minimum each semester)

Are members of Honors required to complete a Senior Honors Thesis?

All Macaulay Honors students must complete a senior project in their major, whether a traditional thesis or another capstone project appropriate to their studies. While a thesis is not required of City Honors students, they are strongly encouraged to do so.

What are some of the other requirements for Honors students?

Macaulay Honors students must complete 30 hours of community service by the end of their 3rd year.  City Honors students are not required to complete community service but are encouraged to do so.