We're glad you are interested in joining the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program!
High school students who wish to be considered for admission to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program (SASHP) must apply to the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) or Rutgers Business School (RBS) by December 1, the Undergraduate Admissions Regular Action Due Date. Admission to the SASHP is competitive and is based on a variety of factors including high school academic record, test scores, and extracurricular activities. Invitations to join the SASHP may be extended through SAS or RBS. In some cases a student may receive an invitation to the Honors Program through both schools, but in most cases the honors invitation will pertain to just ONE school.
While standardized test scores are only one component of the SAS Honors Program’s admission criteria, students with an SAT Critical Reading score below 600 on the pre-2016 SAT or EBRW score below 650 on the new SAT, or an ACT English score below 30 are not likely to be considered for Direct Admission.
High-achieving students with the potential to excel in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program will be offered Direct Admission. No separate application is required for Direct Admission.
Students invited to join the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program through Direct Admission will be notified the first week of March.
Admission by Application
Students who are accepted to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, but have not been offered Direct Admission to the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, may apply for consideration if they believe that they have the qualities needed to succeed in, and contribute to, the community of scholars in the Honors Program. Please note that the application process is for students planning to join the School of Arts and Sciences. Rutgers Business School does not consider applications for honors admission, and only issues invitations through Direct Admission.
Although students with an SAT EBRW score below 650, or an ACT English score lower than 30, are unlikely to be admitted to the SAS Honors Program through the “by application” process, the Honors Program recognizes that neither standardized scores nor high school GPAs can fully assess the potential of students to achieve at the highest level in college. If a student believes that he or she has a strong case for admission to the SAS Honors Program, we encourage the student to apply by submitting the following materials:
- Letter of interest- letter stating why you are interested in the SAS Honors Program
- An essay of at least 500 words- the essay prompt is included on the Application Form
The application will open after Direct Admission invitations are issued (week of March 1).
Priority Deadline: March 13 at 11:59pm for guaranteed notification by April 1.
The application closes March 31, 2022 at 11:59pm.
Deadlines for the Incoming Class of 2026
- November 1, 2021
Due date for Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions Early Action
- December 1, 2021
Due date for Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions Regular Action
- Week of March 1, 2022 (expected)
SAS Honors Program Direct Admission notification
- March 13, 2022
SAS Honors Program Admission by Application Priority Deadline
- March 31, 2022
SAS Honors Program Admission by Application Deadline
- May 1, 2022
Deadline for response to offer of admission to Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If your honors invitation is from the school you accept, you will automatically join the Honors Program.