Become a Provost Scholar

Spring 2020: Provost Scholar Cohort

Benefits of Joining

1. Honors courses are:

  • distinguished by smaller class size (typically 20 or fewer students)
  • academically rigorous and include enriched learning activities
  • 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 which 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.

Provost Scholar Information Sessions:

Due to working remotely, information sessions have been recorded and are available to view online.

Virtual Info Session: Available here

Slideshow with hyperlinks: Available here

Once entering the program, scholars are required to:

  • maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 (after obtaining 60 credits, 3.3. GPA required up to 59 crs)
  • complete at least 10 hours of community service each academic year and
  • attend a minimum of one 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 if has junior standing/60 credits or 3.3 minimum GPA if student has 59 credits or less.  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 brief essay is also required.

How to apply
1. Take an Honors course

  • Students with a 3.5 GPA are allowed to enroll into an Honors course on a space-available basis without any special permission from the Honors program. Students with a 3.3 – 3.49 overall GPA may be able to enroll into an honors class with special permission by emailing
  • The Honors courses that a student takes before applying to the Provost Scholar counts towards the 10 Honors courses needed to complete the program.
    • For instance, if a student takes 2 Honors courses by time of enrolling into the program, the student will only need to complete an additional 8 Honors courses.

2. Complete an application and request an Honors recommendation

    • After completing at least one Honors course, 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 as well as the Zicklin Honors Program.
    • Deadlines: Applications are are accepted for Fall and Spring admission and are due by the last day of the semester in which you are applying.
    • Feel free to contact Ms. Osei for assistance with selecting honors courses and crafting your academic plan for your Provost Scholar application.

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