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Incoming First-Year Students

How to Apply – Incoming First-Year Students


The College Honors Program shall consider both quantitative and qualitative measures. For admission, a high school GPA in a challenging high school curriculum is a necessary, but not sufficient, criterion. SAT and ACT scores are optional. Because freedom from extrinsic rewards is valued in a College Honors student, grade point average and entrance examination score (if submitted) are only two measures 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.

Steps to Apply
  • Step 1: 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.
    • 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.
  • Step 2: 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 with our Advisory Board,
  • Step 3: 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 class it was created for. (International students and students living more than 90 minutes from campus can request a Skype interview.)
  • Step 4: If invited to join Honors, inform us of your final decision prior to May 1st and prepare for an intellectually engaging college career!
  • Note: If you did not apply for Honors admission when you submitted your Common App but would like to, please email us at on how to submit your essay.