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.

You should have two of the following:

  • Rank in top 20% of your graduating class
  • An unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.50+
  • A cumulative SAT score of 1100+ (including 550+ in Math & 450+ in Evidence-Based Reading & Writing); an aggregate ACT score of 26+ (including a 24+ in Reading and a 23+ in Math) or satisfactory score on the RVCC Math & English Placement Test.
    • NOTE: The Honors College is now test-optional. For applicants who either did not test, or choose not submit ACT/SAT scores, additional emphasis will be placed on the student’s co-curricular activities, examples of leadership and/or volunteer participation.

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://www.raritanval.edu/apply
  • Complete the Honors College application - Honors College 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: If applying online please note the letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, SAT scores and 500-word essay should be submitted through Naviance. You may also submit hard copies of these documents to Greg.DeSanctis@raritanval.edu.

For High School Students:


* NOTE: NOTE: The letters of recommendation, in-progress high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and/or 500-word essay can be submitted either through Naviance, attached as part of the Honors College application, or emailed directly to greg.desanctis@raritanval.edu.

For Transfer Students

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 eight (8).

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 eight (8).

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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