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The Honors Scholar Program offers students a variety of advantages and support that can help create an extraordinary learning experience at Hunter College. The program offers merit scholarships, learning communities, dedicated academic advisors and faculty mentors, priority registration, and freshman year priority access to residence life. Honors Scholars are encouraged to work toward honors in the major or interdisciplinary studies, postgraduate education, and high-impact educational experiences (e.g. study abroad, research, internships).

There are six programs, each built on an academic theme bringing together students who share a common interest in the theme. During the first semester, each learning community is composed of four or five courses from the core curriculum, plus the First Year Seminar (FYS 100) course that serves as a foundation for developing academic skills and plans. This structure aids students in exploring related programs of study while meeting key first-year requisites, connections with faculty, and support from a close-knit community. In addition to a faculty advisor, all honors scholar students are assigned a dedicated full-time professional staff advisor to assist with major selection, course planning, and goal setting.


Honors Scholars receive the following benefits each semester up until receiving their first undergraduate degree:

  • A merit scholarship* for eight semesters of full-time study**.
  • A dedicated academic advisor to help you create academic plans and prepare you for internships, study abroad, and honors opportunities
  • Priority registration; early access to register for classes each semester
  • Special programs, like first-year seminar, learning communities, and co-curriculuar activities to foster intellectual curiousity and connections with other students, faculty, and advisors
  • Priority access to a room in one of our residence halls for your freshman year


APPLICATION OPEN: Apply Now to Class of 2021 Honors Scholar Program →

Applications for the Honors Scholar Class of 2021 will be accepted during a priority period (February 6th, 2017 to March 12th, 2017 for late March decisions) and a regular period (March 13, 2017 to April 16, 2017 for late April decision). Honors Scholar prospective students may complete an application prior to applying to Hunter College for Fall 2017 Freshmen Admission but are strongly advised to apply to the college first; Honors Scholar applicants must obtain Fall 2017 Freshman Admission to Hunter College to receive a program invitation.

Applicants to the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter are automatically considered independently of their Macaulay application status.  Optionally they may complete an Honors Scholar Program application to convey more specific interest in one or more programs.  Macaulay applicants waitlisted or not admitted to Macaulay will receive communication regarding their Honors Scholar Program admission following Macaulay decisions, typically late on March 15th or the following day.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Honors Scholar Programs at 212-396-6888 or

Honors Scholar Programs




Meet Our Scholars


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Visual and Performing Arts

The Hunter College Muse Scholar Program provides a unique opportunity for academically strong and artistically talented students to take advantage of Hunter's exceptional arts programs, faculty and resources. Through tailored courses and attendance at events at Hunter and New York City arts and cultural institutions, Muse Scholars receive an unparalleled opportunity to explore the arts and engage in creative pursuits while receiving a top-notch liberal arts education. Applicants to the Muse Program should demonstrate significant interest and/or achievement in one or more of the following arts disciplines: visual arts, music, dance, theater, film, media, art history, curatorship and exhibitions, and creative writing.

Nelly Gordpour
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Juella Baltonado
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Scientific Research and/or Medicine

The Hunter College Yalow Scholar Program provides a unique opportunity for students with an outstanding academic record who plan to pursue the sciences in college and a career in scientific research, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. Yalow scholars have priority access to some of Hunters top freshman and sophomore science courses and faculty, and a dedicated faculty mentor and academic advisors to help them succeed at Hunter, including guidance on internships, graduate school admissions and other opportunities.

Jack Liu
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Hila Chase
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Civic Issues, Public Policy

The Hunter College Roosevelt Scholar Program provides a unique opportunity for academically talented students with a significant interest in public and civic affairs to take advantage of Hunter’s exceptional public policy, urban affairs, international human rights and pre-law faculty and resources. Roosevelt scholars engage in public and civic issues through specially designed, shared courses, and unique events with government officials, policy makers, academics and private sector and non-profit organization leaders.

Kassem Nasser
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Michael Bellamy
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Leadership in the Field of Nursing

The Nursing Scholar Program is for bright, highly engaged students to pursue nursing education within the context of an enhanced, academically-challenging curriculum that instills a desire for learning. Graduates of the program will be uniquely-qualified to enter the profession of nursing and to become leaders in the profession, obtain doctoral education, and make valuable contributions to the profession and discipline of nursing though nursing education, research, or advanced practice. Students admitted to the program also recieve guaranteed admission directly to the School of Nursing (bypassing application otherwise required prior to sophomore year) with completion of first-year generic program pre-nursing requisites with grade and gpa requirements.

Learn more about Nicolette Treglia


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Philosophy, Liberal Arts

The Hunter College Athena Scholar Program provides a unique opportunity for academically talented students with an interest in gaining a deep understanding of the fundamental questions of life. Hunter’s philosophically-inclined students obtain an understanding of the fundamental questions of life by examining culture, literature, philosophy, languages, classics, and religion. Through the humanities, Athena Scholars explore larger philosophical questions and learn to delve deeply into complex intellectual issues.

Jenny Ha
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Ismail Najar
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Computer Science and Technology

The Daedalus Scholar Program provides a unique opportunity for academically talented students to draw on Hunter's exceptional faculty and programs in Computer Science.  During their first year, Daedalus scholars enroll in an enriched version of Hunter's first year computer science sequence. In addition to learning the fundamentals of computer science and computer programming, students will explore topics like data mining, cryptography, artificial intelligence and more. Daedalus scholars also learn how to use industry standard tools and techniques in their study of computer science in preparation to be active participants in New York's Tech Industry.  Students admitted to this program receive a laptop to support their studies. 

Brittany Greve
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Kaizen Castanos
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In addition to the scholar programs listed above, the Macaulay Honors College is offered at Hunter College. For more information, visit

Prestigious Scholarships

Honors Scholars should consider applying for prestigious scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Many require a significant amount of preparation so interested students should notify their academic advisor and begin the process of preparing for these programs during their freshman year. Visit the Office of Prestigious Scholarships website for more information and key deadlines.

* In Fall 2016 the average award was $8,000 ($2,000 per year) and maximum was $16,000 ($4,000 per year). All merit scholarships are awarded competitively based on availability of funding and consideration does not guarantee a scholarship will be awarded. For purposes of award amount, the highest composite SAT (verbal/math) is used and the writing score is not considered. The Class of 2020 Honors Scholars had an average 1308.7 composite SAT (verbal/math) and 91.3 unweighted high school average. SAT/CAA requirements for scholarship consideration and award amounts are subject to change for future terms.

** The scholarship award period is eight semesters of consecutive spring and fall semester study, commencing with the first full-term of matriculation.  The award expires at the end of the aforementioned award period, or upon conferral of the student's first undergraduate degree.

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