Honors College Admissions

Honors College Admissions

The Honors College is a highly selective community of high achieving students. Admission into the Honors College is competitive. Please follow the steps below to apply for admission to the Honors College.

Eligibility Requirements

Students applying for admission into the RVCC Honors College should meet three of the following four criteria:

  1. An unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher; or 87%
  2. Rank in the Top 20% of their high school class
  3. Proof of college readiness in both Math and English (*Required).  This can be accomplished in one of three ways:
    • A cumulative SAT score of 1100+ (including 550+ in Math & 450+ in Evidence-Based Reading & Writing)  OR
    • An aggregate ACT score of 26+ (including a 24+ in Reading and a 23+ in Math) OR
    • Satisfactory score on the RVCC Math & English Accuplacer Placement Test
  4. History of civic engagement, leadership and/or volunteerism, either throughout high school or in your community

*NOTE:  The Honors College is test-optional.  For applicants who either did not tale the ACT/SAT or choose not to submit their scores, additional emphasis will be placed on the student’s co-curricular activities, examples of leadership and/or volunteer participation.

Application Requirements

Honors College applications are accepted January 1st - July 1st for all Fall admissions.

To apply to the Honors College:

  • Complete the First Time College Student application at: https://myraritan.force.com/apply
  • Complete the Honors College portion of the application
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (including at least one from a current high school teacher)
  • 500-word essay. Prompt: Why do you want to be a member of the Honors College?
  • Personal interview
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Early Admission - February 1
    • Regular Admission - July 1


Admission to the Honors College is highly competitive and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible during their senior year in high school.

* NOTE: Applicants may submit letters of recommendation, in-progress high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and 500-word essay, either attached as part of their Honors College application, through Naviance or emailed directly to Greg.DeSanctis@raritanval.edu.  RVCC does not currently utilize SCOIR.

Admissions Documents

For High School Students:

* NOTE: Applicants may submit letters of recommendation, in-progress high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and 500-word essay, either attached as part of their Honors College application, through Naviance or emailed directly to Greg.DeSanctis@raritanval.edu.  RVCC does not currently utilize SCOIR.

For Transfer Students

Curriculum

Honors College Associate of Arts (A.A.)

(Sample course options)

Semester One

ENGL 111H - English Composition I
Appreciation of Arts Elective
PSYC 103H - Introduction to Psychology
HIST 201H - US History I
MATH 114H- Precalculus Honors
OR 
MATH 151H- Calculus-Honors 

 

Semester Two

ENGL 112H - English Composition II
PHIL 114H - Ethics
HIST 202H - US History II
MATH 151H- Calculus-Honors 

 

Semester Three

MATH 117H - Statistics Honors
ECON 101H – Macroeconomics

 

Semester Four

Capstone Research Course
SOCI 101H- Introduction to Sociology 
COMM 101H- Speech
ECON 102H- Microeconomics 

NOTE: The minimum number of Honors courses required to graduate from the Honors College is seven (7).

 

Honors College Associate of Science (AS) Degree

 

Semester One

ENGL 111H - English Composition I
BIOL 101H - General Biology I w/lab 
MATH 114H - Precalculus Honors
OR
MATH 151H - Calculus I - Honors
CHEM 103H - General Chemistry I w/lab

 

Semester Two

ENGL 112H - English Composition II
MATH 151H - Calculus I – Honors
OR
MATH 152H - Calculus II- Honors
BIOL 102H - General Biology II w/lab
CHEM 104H - General Chemistry II w/lab

 

Semester Three

MATH 117H - Statistics Honors
PSYC 103H - Introduction to Psychology
ECON 101H – Macroeconomics
HIST 201H - US History I

 

Semester Four

Capstone Research Course
COMM 101H – Speech
HIST 202H - US History II
PHIL 114H – Ethics
ECON 102H- Microeconomics 


NOTE: The minimum number of Honors courses required to graduate from the Honors College is seven (7).

Mission Statement

The mission of the RVCC Honors College is to provide a highly enriched and challenging academic environment within a selective community of scholars. Graduates of the Honors College will be prepared to transfer to highly competitive four-year colleges and universities.

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