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Freshmen Honors Scholar Programs


The Freshmen Honors Scholar Program is made up of six different cohorts based on your area of interest. The program offers students a variety of advantages and support which create an intimate and community based learning experience at Hunter College. Scholars often work towards honors in their major, pursue interdisciplinary studies, postgraduate education, and high-impact educational experiences (e.g. study abroad, research, internships).



>> Athena: Humanities and Philosophy
>> Daedalus: Computer Science
>> Muse: Visual and Performing Arts, Media, and Creative Writing
>> Nursing: Leadership in the field of Nursing
>> Roosevelt: Policy, Law, Civic Life, Social Science
>> Yalow: Scientific Research and Pre-Med


Scholar Benefits

All students in the FHSP receive: 

• Significant merit scholarship for four years of study (8 semesters). 
• Tailored academic experience which includes small seminar classes in your area of interest.
• Dedicated academic and faculty advisors
• Priority registration each semester
• Priority placement into Hunter residence halls 


How to Apply

The Fall 2022 application will be available in late October of 2021.

Before you start your scholar application, you must first complete and submit your CUNY Freshmen Application to Hunter College (general admission or Macaulay). You will be able to access the scholar application 48-72 hours after you submit your admissions application and will need your CUNYfirst ID (EMPLID) to create your account (provided to you when you file your admissions application)

>> Step 1 - Apply for admission to Hunter
>> Step 2 - Visit scholarship application link and click on "prospective student"
>> Step 3 - Click on "CREATE ACCOUNT" and check your email for activation code for the scholarships manager system. 

Selection and Timeframe

Scholars are chosen on academic merit based upon high school performance, outstanding achievements, and written responses to the Honors Scholars application. Diversity, inclusiveness, and community engagement are considered factors in Honors Scholars selection, as characterized by application responses.

Notification of awards will begin at the end of March. 

Priority Deadline:

February 1, 2022

Note: Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline until the programs are full. Priority is given to those who apply before the deadline. 


Freshmen Scholar Information Session 

The information session provides an overview of all six Honors Scholar Programs, details of the exceptional learning communities, introduction to dedicated academic advisors, and the support that can help create an extraordinary learning experience at Hunter College. The session recording is available below for all prospective applicants:

RSVP for Scholar Info Session




Can I apply to more than 1 program?

No, you should chose the program that best fits your interest.

I applied to Macaulay, do I still need to file an application?

Yes, you must also complete the Honors Scholar Program Application in order to be considered. Please note this will not negatively impact your application to Macaulay in any way.

Scholar application says "account not found" when I try to log-in with my CUNYFirst info, how do I fix this?

This error generally pops-up when applicants skip a step in the instructions. You need to create an account for the scholarship manager to apply: 

>> Step 1 - Apply for admission to Hunter (wait 24-48hrs)
>> Step 2 - Visit scholarship application link and click on "prospective student"
>> Step 3 - Click on "CREATE ACCOUNT" and check your email for activation code for the scholarships manager system.

I do not see an email with the activation code in my inbox, what should I do?

Please check your spam, junk, promotion folders. Most of the time, email with activation code will be found there. 

I’m having trouble with the application, who can I contact?

Feel free to send us an email at or live chat with us during standard business hours. 

I received a "Sorry, this account has been locked out. Please contact your systems administrator" error, what do I do?

This may be a a simple browser error. Please clear out your browsing history and cookies, restart the browser and try the website again. Alternatively, you can try a different browser as well.


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