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Acceptance to the Program

  • August 1: Submission of applications begins
  • January 15: Deadline for applications to receive priority consideration
  • After January 15: Applications will be considered if space is available.

The College Honors Program shall consider both quantitative and qualitative measures. For admission, above-average GPA or SAT scores are a necessary, but not sufficient criterion. Because freedom from extrinsic rewards is valued in a College Honors student, grade point average and entrance examination score are only one measure of assessing the intellectual, creative and moral engagement of applicants. Qualitative measures will be used to assess the intellectual independence or engaged learning values of the applicant. It is possible that a student could have high grades or test scores but lack in the intrinsic or ‘engaged learning’ values necessary to flourish in the College Honors Program.  It is also possible that a student could have less than excellent test scores but demonstrate the intellectual, creative and moral engagement that is the distinctive disposition of a College Honors student.

Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an admission interview based on their application materials. These candidates will be interviewed by a two-member panel of the College Honors Advisory Board.

Application Requirements

Because freedom from extrinsic rewards is valued in a College Honors student, grade point average and entrance examination score are only one measure of assessing the intellectual, creative and moral engagement of applicants. The initial Application for admission into the College Honors Program is included as an optional part of the Common Application. Please see The Honors Program application information at the bottom of the page for specific instructions.

Following are the steps to apply and join the Honors Program as a first-year or transfer student:

  • Complete the “College Honors Admission Essay” section of the Common App when applying to Ramapo College.
  • If we choose to invite you to campus for an admissions interview, we will contact you within 4-6 weeks to set up an appointment.
  • Prior to your interview, provide a sample of work that demonstrates the applicant’s intellectual independence and curiosity pointing to promise for future scholarly or professional work. Include a description of the assignment, submission, and class it was created for.

Application Information

First-Year Students
  • The initial application for admission into the College Honors Program is included as an optional part of the Common Application.
  • Complete the “College Honors Admission Essay” section of the Common Application when applying to Ramapo College.
  • If we choose to invite you to campus for an admissions interview, we will contact you within 4-6 weeks to set up an appointment.
  • If you are invited for an interview, we will request a sample of work that demonstrates your  intellectual independence and curiosity pointing to promise for future scholarly or professional work. Prior to your interview, submit your sample. Include a description of the assignment, and state which class it was created for.

 

Transfer Students

Note: In order to be eligible for the Ramapo College Honors Program, transfer students must have at least two years remaining at Ramapo College and have been a part of an Honors Program at their previous school.

  • Complete the “College Honors Admission Essay” section of the Common App when applying to Ramapo College.
  • If we choose to invite you to campus for an admissions interview, we will contact you within 4-6 weeks to set up an appointment.
  • Prior to your interview, provide a sample of work that demonstrates your intellectual independence and curiosity pointing to promise for future scholarly or professional work. Include a description of the assignment, submission, and class it was created for.
  • Prior to your interview, provide a Statement of Purpose (250 words or less). Make sure you have looked closely at the requirements of the Honors Program on our website. Knowing that you are required to take several Honors courses and complete a thesis project, how does the Ramapo Honors Program fit into your academic and/or career plans? Please explain in your statement which Honors courses, if any, you will not be enrolling in due to courses taken previously.
Continuing Students

Students who are already enrolled at Ramapo College are continuing students. The Continuing Students application is not a part of the Common App. Please complete and submit the Admissions Application. To finalize your application, email your admission essay, one faculty recommendation, and a sample of your work to honors@ramapo.edu with the headline “Honors Application.”  Continuing students  must apply in time to begin the program when they still have at least six remaining terms here.

  • Admission Essay (In 800 words or less): Most people belong to many different communities; groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interests, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong and describe that community and your place within it.
  • One Faculty Recommendation: Please submit one letter from a faculty member of Ramapo College of New Jersey. Letters should demonstrate personal knowledge of your intellectual independence and capacity for engaged learning.
  • Example of Work: Please submit a previously completed essay or project that you consider demonstrates the qualities required for admission to the College Honors Program. Include a description of the assignment, submission, and class it was created for.

Continued Participation

This ‘Honors attitude’ toward learning can only be assessed through extended and personal teacher-student relations and exchanges. The requirements for admission and continued participation in the program include:

  • the ability to take responsibility for his or her own learning in a meaningful way;
  • the ability to participate actively in developing learning and problem-solving strategies;
  • the extent to which the student derives pleasure from learning and is intrinsically motivated;
  • and the collaborative abilities of the student and the value placed on working with other students and faculty;
  • the quality of contributions to the College Honors community, the College generally, the wider community or society generally.

On-going, annual qualitative assessment shall include assessment of each student’s engagement in their own scholarly work, as well as service and contributions community. Admission to the program is no guarantee of successful completion.