Is the Honors College at RVCC Right for Me?

Monday, May 1, 2017
Honors College at Raritan Valley Community College, NJ

As a high-achieving high school student in NJ, you may be wondering if a local college like RVCC will be challenging or rewarding enough for you. We’ve already covered the many reasons why starting out at a community college is awesome—and now we’d like to focus on our honors program for those with a strong academic background. It’s called the Honors College at RVCC. Read on to learn more!

What is the Honors College at RVCC?

The Honors College at RVCC was established in 2011 to provide a highly enriching and challenging academic environment for a select community of scholars. We admit 25 students each year representing 20 different high schools in and around central New Jersey, including Somerset County, Hunterdon County and beyond.

What are some of the benefits?

The Honors College opens up exciting opportunities for you inside the classroom, in the community and in preparing for the future. You’ll be part of a community of scholars who share your curiosity and love of learning. As an Honors College student you can take advantage of smaller, seminar-style courses with an interdisciplinary focus. You’ll get to go on educational and cultural trips to such places as Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. And you’ll establish a close working relationship with our dedicated professors and advisors.

What types of courses does the Honors College offer?

Sample honors-level courses include Art History, General Biology, General Chemistry, U.S. History, Calculus, Statistics, Into to Psychology and more.

What are some Honors College success stories?

Graduates of the Honors College are prepared to transfer to highly competitive four-year colleges and universities. Honors College graduates have gone on to Georgetown University, Cornell University, Drexel University, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania to name a few. RVCC is also developing special Honors College transfer relationships with outstanding four-year colleges—such as American University and Drew University—that increase a graduate’s chances of admission and transfer scholarships.

What does it take to get admitted?

Admissions to the Honors College is highly selective. We look for two of the following: 1) a ranking in the top 20% of your high school graduating class, 2) an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.50+, and 3) a cumulative SAT score of 1100+ (the average score is 1800+), or an aggregate ACT score of 26+, or satisfactory score on the RVCC Math & English Placement Test.

What happens if I don’t get admitted?

If you are not admitted to the Honors College you may still take individual honors courses if you meet the defined entrance requirements for such courses.

To learn more about the Honors College at RVCC, click here.