Macaulay Honors College: History & Mission
Since 1847, The City University of New York has provided a path to success for generations of New Yorkers. In this rich tradition, Macaulay Honors College offers academically gifted students an exceptional undergraduate education, integrating the vast resources of the City University with New York’s cultural, scientific, and business communities.
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein launched the CUNY Honors College in 2001 with the vision of a program specifically created to serve the most talented and academically prepared of New York’s students.
The Honors College was designed to connect the many diverse programs offered through the honors programs at CUNY’s senior colleges with exceptional advising, hands-on internships and research opportunities, new community service and study abroad courses, and the resources to enable each of our students to excel in college and beyond.
From its debut in 2001, the program has grown from an inaugural class of 189 to a four-year student body of over 1200.
In October 2006, a generous gift from Linda and William E. Macaulay (he, a 1966 Honors graduate of the City College of New York) enabled the Honors College to purchase and extensively renovate a landmark building on 67th street, to serve as the home of the honors college. In honor of Mr. Macaulay’s gift, the largest in CUNY’s history, which ensures our future success, the Honors program has been renamed the William E. Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York.
Since 1847, The City University of New York has provided a path to success for generations of New Yorkers. In this rich tradition, the Macaulay Honors College offers academically gifted students, called University Scholars, an exceptional undergraduate education integrating the vast resources of the City University and New York's cultural, scientific, government, and business communities. Our innovative program fosters the depth of understanding and multiple perspectives students need to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.