For successful completion of the Ramapo College Honors Program, along with the curricular requirements outlined in the College Catalog, students are required to demonstrate:
Engaged citizenship in the learning community of students and faculty in the College Honors Program.
Engaged citizenship in the Ramapo College community, the wider local community or socially engaged projects generally.
The Ramapo College Honors Program is intentionally designed to be a supportive, active, and engaged community. A significant part of any community is participation and engagement. The Ramapo College Honors Program requires this engagement to maintain membership. Each year, Honors students are required to attend vital events in the life of the community and a number of other significant events within that community. This participation leads to the development of the community and strengthens and supports it. Students who do not fulfill these requirements in a given semester will be required to meet with the Director to discuss their status in the College Honors Program. Students who do not participate according to the expectations of the Program as outlined below will not be able to graduate with Honors.
General Meetings: Each student is required to attend the General Meetings at the beginning of each semester. These are not just vital for their information, but are a chance for us to convene as a community near the beginning of each semester.
Academic Events: These events emphasize the principles of the Honors Program and develop and express the intellectual lives of the students associated with them.
Minimum 2 per year
Lunch with a Professor
Mental Health Panel
Honors Symposium (required of all Juniors and Seniors)
Fall Honors Trip
Honors Service Trips
Honors Class Trips*
National Collegiate Honors Council Conference
Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference
*Students who attend class trips for a class they are enrolled in do not receive Academic Event Credit, as it is part of that class’s requirements. Students who attend class trips outside of their own courses can receive Academic Event Credit.
Community Service – The goal of civic engagement within our program is not just to reach a certain number of hours of participation or dollars raised. We aim to dig deeper and target systemic problems within our community to change them at their root cause. Each student should perform a minimum of ten hours of community service per year or make an equivalent contribution to a worthy cause. These events facilitate collaboration between the Honors Program and the outside world, including the surrounding community. We will communicate and coordinate service opportunities on and off campus throughout the year.
Honors Development Groups (First-Year Honors Students Only)
9 meetings in Fall semester
Community Service Project in Spring Semester
Special Events: These optional events are planned by students to strengthen the relationship among Honors students and develop the community aspect of the program. These are great ways to meet other Honors students and have a great time in the process.
Toys for Tots Dance
Minute to Win It Night
2nd Annual Honors Banquet – April 25, 2019
Leadership was on full display at the 2nd Annual Honors Banquet! Over thirty different students received awards ranging from awards for being apart of the Admissions Team to being a Peer Facilitator for an honors first year seminar.
11th Annual Honors Symposium – April 3rd, 2019
At this year’s Honors Symposium, the Honors Program honored seventeen students who are graduating with honors. All types of research was presented by the senior honors students to a room full of fellow students, administrators, professors, and family.
Nepal Alternative Spring Break – March 14-23, 2019
On this alternative spring break offered through the Roukema Center and CCEC, 15 honors students traveled to Nepal for a spring break that was full of service and cultural immersion. While in Nepal, the students visited the capital, Kathmandu, and its surrounding metropolitan area of Patan and Bhaktapur. Additionally, the students went to the rural village of Bathali where they did road construction, milk processing, home reinforcing, and brick-making. After spending three days in rural Nepal, the students returned to Kathmandu and visited Ashmina Ranjit at her feminist cafe and learned about feminism in Nepal. Lastly, student visited the UNESCO world heritage site of Swayambhunath before taking the long flight back to the United States.
2nd Annual Alumni Panel – November 10, 2019
In our second annual alumni panel, students enjoyed the company of four former honors alumni. The night allowed students from all four years to ask questions of their elder peers about how to best proceed through the unique experience of the honors program.
1st Annual Honors Banquet- April 25th, 2018
In our first ever Honors Banquet, over 50 students attended to celebrate our incredible year in Honors! In this black-and-white themed soiree, all seniors and student leaders received awards, followed by a dance in the Pavilion!
Honors Symposium – April 4th, 2017
We celebrated our 25 seniors and their research at the 10th annual Symposium! Seniors presented oral and poster presentations in front of the the administration and staff of Ramapo College, their families, and the entire Honors Program!
Family Day – November 4th, 2017
Over 100 students and their families joined us for Honors Family Day! This year featured a panel of current and former students, a guess lecture by Dr. Tae Kwak, and Team Trivia!
Alumni Panel – November 2nd, 2017
Six alumni joined us in the York Room for our first ever Alumni Reunion!
Lunch with a Professor – October 18th, 2017
Extreme Team-Building – September 30th 2017
Our students gathered in the first Honors Olympics event to build a variety of structures out of balloons, cards, spaghetti, marshmallows, and an assortment of off-the-wall materials!
On our Third Annual Meet, Greet, Eat – Lunch with a Professor Event
On February 16, 2012, students hosted professors invited to meet the newest College Honors students. The student-initiated invitations were extended to those professors the student community viewed as important for students to meet as they considered planning their future projects.
On our First Annual Family Day! Fall 2011
Held Saturday, October 29, 2011, in the snow! The College Honors Program welcomed 100 parents to a day on campus. Events included a panel of students and faculty, ice-breakers, a master class and games.