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Njit Essay Honors College

Do I qualify for the Honors College?

Incoming Freshmen

  • The Albert Dorman Honors College considers students who have SAT scores of combined Critical Reading and Math SAT scores of 1300 (old SAT), 1370 (new SAT), or higher, (or ACT composite score of 30); are in the top 10 percent of their high school class or have at least a B+ average; have taken the most challenging courses their high school offers; and have a wide range of interests, leadership activities, and community service. Our requirements are rigorous yet flexible, and we consider the applicant's entire record. Those who do not meet all of the criteria can be considered for Honors if they present otherwise excellent credentials.

Transfer Students

  • Current NJIT students and incoming transfer students are welcome to apply if they have outstanding records and a 3.5 GPA in a rigorous, college-level curriculum.

What are Honors courses?

  • Honors courses have a lower student-to-teacher ratio (typically 15:1), are taught at a high level, and delve into the subject more deeply.
  • They are taught by the best faculty in each department.
  • They are available throughout the curriculum – sciences, engineering, math, English, history, etc.
  • They are available throughout your 4 or 5 years
  • See also Honors Courses and Programs

What are Honors Colloquia?

  • A series of talks, lectures, and panels that address current scientific and social issues of the day, career information, site visits, and other events, presented by leaders who are actively using the kinds of skills you will be learning at NJIT.
  • See also Honors Colloquia

Is financial aid available?

  • All Honors students from both in and out of the state of New Jersey receive a merit-based scholarship package in addition to any other aid for which you might be eligible. Your particular situation depends on your SAT scores and high school record.
  • The total aid package (including that offered by NJIT's Office of Financial Aid) may range from about one-half to full tuition, and may also include a room grant. 
  • See also Honors Scholarships

How do I apply?

The Dorman supplemental application is available through the general NJIT application on the Common App. The deadline to apply is February 1st. For more information, see Admission Requirements & Process.


Writing an Honors College Essay

A college essay is a chance for you to tell us what all your records cannot: who you really are, how you think, and how well you write. It is not an invitation to tell a story, write a novel, or write about other people's experiences. The main point of your essay is to tell us what you have to offer and how you will take advantage of what we have to offer.

  1. Write an essay that addresses the topic specified on the application form. A general essay about yourself or an experience you had is not acceptable.
  2. Do not write your essay as if it were a novel. "The baby cried until it had to be comforted by its mother;" "I could not believe as I walked into my first class that this was the beginning of my engineering career." These tell us nothing about yourself. Regardless of what you may have been told in school, write a straightforward descriptive essay that directly addresses the question asked.
  3. Avoid clichéd, generic, and predictable writing, such as "I want to help people." This is particularly applicable to essays for accelerated program candidates.
  4. Do not quote our own description of our program. We know what we have to offer; we are interested in knowing what you have to offer and how you will use what we offer. Tell us about your interests and why the Albert Dorman Honors College is the right place for you.

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