Macaulay Honors College

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About the Program

City College is a participating college in the university-wide Macaulay Honors College, which accepts new first-year students with outstanding academic records. The program, which has students at eight colleges, encourages the highest level of academic accomplishment, cross-campus community, career exploration and service. Students in the Honors College at City College receive:

  •  Full-tuition scholarships for New York State residents*
  •  A free state-of-the-art Macintosh laptop computer
  • Ability to apply for a grant from an exclusive Macaulay fund to pursue global study and other experiential learning experiences.
  • Special interdisciplinary seminars using NYC as resource and text
  • A "cultural passport" providing entrée to the riches of New York City, including concerts, theater, art, science and history museums and galleries
  • Intensive mentoring and advisement from faculty and dedicated honors advisors
  • First-day registration privileges

*Tuition scholarship (excludes any University Fees)--The amount of the scholarship is equal to tuition cost LESS any TAP, NYS HESC Scholarship, CUSTA, PELL, NYS TAP waiver, NYC Council Merit Scholarship, and other tuition-only scholarships received, if applicable. Students must meet CUNY NYS residency requirements. For out of state students, click here for CUNY tuition and fees

In order to be eligible for the Macaulay Scholarship, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application.



The Macaulay Honors College program at the City College admits only new first-year students. Admission is highly competitive. Students in any major may be accepted into the Honors College. Students accepted into both the Honors College and the Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education B.S./M.D. program (which requires a special application) cannot enroll in both programs, but must select one. For the class admitted fall 2013 (Class of 2017), the average high school G.P.A. was 94.4 (on a scale of 100) and the average SAT (math and verbal) was 1386.


Students must apply by special application available here.
Admissions Deadlines The deadline for Macaulay Honors College is December 8. Macaulay Honors College no longer offers an early decision option.
Requirements --All Honors College students take four special interdisciplinary seminars focusing on NYC and fulfill part of the liberal arts core requirements in the City College Honors program (depending on their major). In the upper division (junior and senior years), students may take additional honors college sponsored courses and must complete a senior project. Students must complete an internship or study abroad program and have a minimum of 30 hours community or college service over the course of their four-year program

Retention Criteria

Students are expected to achieve an overall 3.3 G.P.A. by the end of their first year and a 3.5 G.P.A. by the end of their second year, which must be maintained until graduation. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a joint diploma from The Macaulay Honors College and The City College of New York.