Curiosity. Knowledge. Purpose.

The Uncommon Honors College


• Average SAT score 600 points above the national average (2400 scale)

• 90% of our students in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes

• At the heart of Rutgers’ historic College Avenue campus

• Apply to Rutgers—New Brunswick by December 1 for Honors College consideration—

The new Honors College at Rutgers University—New Brunswick is a place where uncommon things happen—where students from such areas of study as engineering, dance, biology, business, and English live and work together to tackle global issues. Where live-in faculty and students gather in the fireside lounge to share ideas, play music, and get a cup of coffee. And where the highest achievers from across the country and around the world explore their intellectual curiosity, gain hands-on knowledge, collaborate, and do service locally and abroad.   

Redefining honors education
Today’s challenges are complex and require an integrated approach to learning, one that will teach you how to be flexible enough to adapt to what’s next, to ask the questions that will help solve tomorrow’s problems, and to use your imagination and knowledge to make the world a better place. By bringing together students and faculty from Rutgers–New Brunswick’s liberal arts and professional schools, we’re making interdisciplinary learning central to our mission. We’re also making opportunities often reserved for juniors and seniors available from the very beginning of your college experience—exposure to research, internships, professional mentors, global experiences, entrepreneurship, and more.

Diversity and then some
With 500 first-year students, the Honors College community reflects the ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and academic diversity of Rutgers—New Brunswick, the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse university. We bring together many different perspectives so that you can learn from each other and develop your own creative abilities to take on the defining challenges of our time.

Small community, vast resources
Membership in the Honors College provides a small college setting coupled with the benefits of Rutgers’ vast resources as a global research institution and member of the Big Ten. You’ll have access to:
•    Live-in faculty
•    On-site academic advisors
•    Mentorships
•    Internships
•    Funding for research
•    Innovation Lab
•    Study abroad

We ask more
We could have just built a dorm, and you could just get a top-notch education. But we ask more of you—and of ourselves. We ask you to serve the world with your creativity and knowledge, doing well by doing good. We commit ourselves to an integrated learning experience with you—an experience ignited by the exchange of ideas, by working and playing alongside friends and faculty, and by connections to a broad network of researchers and professionals. We engage each other through the shared interests of a community focused on social innovation—ideas and plans to address global challenges. The goal? A career with purpose.