1. Honors courses are:
- distinguished by smaller class size (typically 20 or fewer students)
- include enriched learning activities
- academically rigorous,
- communication- and collaboration-intensive
2. Honors students receive Honors advisement, which takes a developmental approach, focusing on academic, professional, and personal development.
3. Honors enrichment activities include monthly discussions with faculty, the Free (Thinking) Lunch series, and Faculty Foray trips around New York City. At this time, Provost Scholars do not receive scholarships; qualified students may wish to apply for one of the merit scholarships offered through the Office of Student Development. Academic enrichment grants are available for special activities, such as study abroad.
Once entering the program, scholars are required to:
- maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5,
- complete at least 15 hours of community service each academic year and
- attend a minimum of one on-campus cultural event each semester.
- Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad and conduct independent research.
To be eligible for admission, students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Admission is competitive and is based on:
- academic and community engagement,
- demonstrated commitment to the values of the Honors Program, and
- ability to complete the required number of honors classes.
- As part of the application process, students are asked to submit an academic plan to complete 10 Honors courses; in some cases, it may not be possible. A resume, transcript, and essay is also required.
How to apply
1. Take an Honors course
- Students with at least a 3.5 GPA are allowed to enroll in an Honors course* on a space-available basis, without any special permission from the Honors program; students with a 3.4 GPA can request special permission to enter an Honors class from Jody.Vaisman@baruch.cuny.edu.
2. Complete an application and request an Honors recommendation
- After completing 1-2 two Honors courses, students apply to the program by submitting an Application and request their Honors faculty member(s) submit a Recommendation form(s) to Honors. Eligible students will be invited to an interview. Students may apply to and join both Provost Scholars and business honors.
- Deadlines: Applications are are accepted for Fall and Spring admission and are due by the final day of class of the semester in which you are applying.
Baruch Students wanting to take an Honors course
Students with a GPA of 3.4 or higher are automatically able to register for other Honors courses on a space-available basis. If you are not in the Honors Program and need assistance enrolling in an honors class, please contact Jody Clark Vaisman.
*Feit Seminars in the Humanities (IDC 4050H) and the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence seminars require special permission to enroll. Enrollment in a few Honors courses is restricted, such as BUS 1000H and BPL 5100H and Macaulay New York City seminars (IDC 1001H, 3001H, 3002H, and 4001H).