Highlights from 5 honors colleges

A look at fees, acceptance rates and enrollment at model honors programs

Higher ed leaders are working to distinguish their honors colleges from their four-year programs. Here are highlights from five models:

Arizona State University

  • Barrett Honors College
  • Launched: 1988; additional fee
  • Current enrollment: 7,400
  • Applicant acceptance rate: 75%
  • More on the acceptance rate: Incoming students’ average high school GPA is 3.82 and their SAT score is 1368. Barrett’s leaders attribute the high acceptance rate to a high level of preselection among the college’s applicants.

City University of New York

  • Macaulay Honors College
  • Launched: 2001; no additional fee
  • Current enrollment: 2,200
  • Applicant acceptance rate: 10%
  • More on the acceptance rate: Over the past eight years, the college has received between 5,500 and 6,300 applications with entering classes
    of around 520 students.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Albert Dorman Honors College
  • Launched: 1995; no additional fee
  • Current enrollment: 730
  • Applicant acceptance rate: 7%
  • More on the acceptance rate: NJIT averages about 2,200 applicants for 150 seats. This year, it’s on pace for nearly 2,400 applicants.

The University of Maryland

  • Honors College launched in 2009; no additional fee
  • Current enrollment: 4,000
  • Applicant acceptance rate: n/a

Virginia Tech, Honors College

  • Honors college launched in 2016; no additional fee
  • Current enrollment: n/a
  • Applicant acceptance rate: 29%
  • More on the acceptance rate: Applicant pool comes from prospective students who check a box on admissions application indicating interest in Honors College.

Read our full honors college feature: Innovative honors college programs to model

Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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