Inclusion in this Top 10 listing was based on many factors, including curricular requirements, co-curricular requirements, class size, SAT, GPA, merit scholarships, prestigious fellowships, honors housing and more.
NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College received the highest possible ranking of 5.0 “mortarboards,” translating to Top 10 status, following the publication’s data analysis of 60 public university honors programs across the country.
“Since being established in 1995 with about 120 students, NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College has grown to roughly 700 students who are sought-after by many of the best universities across the country,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom.
NJIT’s initial honors program began in 1985 and transformed into an honors college 10 years later.
Albert Dorman Honors College constantly provides a rich, challenging and individualized educational experience to students who demonstrate excellence and engagement in their academic activities.
The College offers a full curriculum of honors courses, colloquia, study tours, dual-degree and study abroad opportunities, internships, undergraduate research, community service involvement and accelerated programs through partnerships with neighboring universities.
Albert Dorman Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and an affiliate member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Interim Dean John Bechtold, who also is professor of Mathematical Sciences at NJIT and who was the driving force behind the college’s first time request to be evaluated for inclusion in this biennial publication, attributes the ranking to the Albert Dorman Honors College’s wide-ranging curriculum as well as the quality of students the college attracts — this year’s class scored an average SAT score of 1420 in reading and math, the highest to date.
“Prospective students are going to see we’re ranked so highly and will further consider us as one of their top college choices,” noted Dean Bechtold. “They will realize the caliber of our students and the opportunities afforded to them. We are very proud of our ranking!”
The Kindle version of INSIDE HONORS: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs is now available, and the print version is scheduled for release in early October. The college is in good company, with honors colleges at Penn State, Clemson, Arizona State and University of Texas at Austin also on the list.
“This is wonderful news for our Albert Dorman Honors College, our students and our entire NJIT community,” said Fadi P. Deek, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Executive Vice President at NJIT. “We are very pleased to see a deriving college of NJIT receive such recognition and we applaud Dean Bechtold for his leadership and his enthusiasm for all that Albert Dorman Honors College provides to its students.”
One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $126 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the state of New Jersey.
About Public University Press
Since 2012, Public University Press has either ranked or rated 84 public university honors colleges or programs. Its INSIDE HONORS is the only publication that provides detailed ratings and reviews of major public honors colleges and honors programs.