Admissions Criteria and Academic Requirements
- Admissions Criteria
- Academic Requirements: The Honors Seminars
- Academic Requirements: Courses at the Macaulay Building
- Internships and Study Abroad
The Honors College is highly selective. Successful applicants are those students who offer more than just outstanding high school averages and SAT scores. The admissions committee is interested in a student's out-of-classroom activities, co-curricular achievements, and contributions to his/her high school community.
Honors College applicants typically have an academic average in the 90s, have taken challenging high school classes, and receive a combined verbal and math SAT score in the 1300 range or above. These, however, are averages, not etched-in-stone qualifications. The Honors College is interested in more than just grades and scores; we look at the whole applicant. Hunter College offers more than 70 academic areas in which to study, and you can get an idea of the breadth of courses offered by going to Hunter College’s Online Catalog. This is in addition to the variety of unique courses offered each semester which are designated as "Honors Classes".
Beginning with their very first semester at the Honors College, University Scholars are encouraged to explore New York City as an extension of their campus. The four interdisciplinary seminars, one per semester throughout the freshman and sophomore years, are small discussion groups, which enable the students to use New York City for primary research and hands-on learning, while allowing close interaction between faculty and students.
"So often we get caught up in our majors and making sure that we've taken all of the requirements for our future plans, that we forget there is more out there, that there is an entire city filled with educational opportunity surrounding us. That's where the MHC seminars come in. I thoroughly enjoyed each of my seminars because, for the most part, I was learning outside of my wheelhouse and each of my professors made me use NYC in a different way. They didn't feel like classes I had to go to, they were classes I looked forward to every week."
--Zachary Gershon, MHC, Class of 2016
The Honors College student takes a minimum of 24 credits of Honors courses. Meeting this requirement consists of taking the four special interdisciplinary seminars during the freshman and sophomore years, select Honors College course offerings, and Honors sections of regularly offered Arts & Sciences classes. During their junior and senior years, honors students are expected to take advantage of departmental honors opportunities within their major, which may include a senior thesis or laboratory research project.
In addition to providing continuity and depth to the earlier seminars, these new offerings encourage students to combine primary research with knowledge gained during their various co-curricular activities. More information about these upper level seminars can be gleaned by going to http://macaulay.cuny.edu/academics/curriculum.php.
Honors College students are required to participate in either an internship or study abroad program; many students do both. Every University Scholar has access to an Opportunity Fund which is used to support study abroad and unpaid internships or research projects with metropolitan leaders in government, arts, business, media and sciences.
Internships of previous students have enabled them to obtain hands-on job experiences with some of New York's most dynamic businesses and political and cultural organizations as well as involvement in more globally diverse opportunities. Study abroad programs have spread our students to all corners of the globe, from universities in Dublin and Istanbul, to analyzing marine life in the Galapagos Islands, to studies in China and Hong Kong, and to a Women's Conference in Dubai.
Students have been placed at venues as varied as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Oxford University Press, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Gracie Mansion, the office of a City Council Member (representing the Upper Westside) and a literary agency who represents successful fiction novelists. http://macaulay.cuny.edu/current-students/internships.php is a terrific resource for Honors College students in pursuit of an internship.