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Macaulay Honors College

Damon1570Damon1570 Registered User Posts: 565 Member
edited April 2013 in College Search & Selection
So I've started looking into the CUNY's because they're cheap and somewhat reputable. I plan on majoring in Communications and minoring in foreign languages. I looked at Hunter but I dont know if I like the "campus". I also looked at Baruch and I think I like that one more than Hunter.

Then I came across the Macaulay Honors College. I'm sort of confused though. So if you're admitted into that college you get free tuition and other benefits? How many people total get admitted? Can someone just give me some more information about this program?
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  • Damon1570Damon1570 Registered User Posts: 565 Member
    Another question...

    Say you apply for the Macaulay Honors College but are rejected...can you still go to the CUNY you want and just be a regular student? Or Would you have to do another application also?
  • Damon1570Damon1570 Registered User Posts: 565 Member
  • johnnytestjohnnytest Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    The Macaulay Honors College is a program offered at seven of the many senior CUNY colleges. The program is designed for high achieving high school students who have clearly shown that they are capable of handling a rigorous curriculum. For Fall 2008 entry, Macaulay Honors College received 3,846 applications while there were only 340 openings in the Freshman Class of 2012. Which calculates to an acceptance rate of roughly ~8.8%. It is highly competitive and extremely talented and qualified students apply and the college cannot accept them all. For the class of 2013, the mean GPA was over 95 and SAT math and reading combined scores averaged was over 1400. The College does not take into consideration the writing portion of the SAT. Clearly by those numbers even Ivy League caliber students are admitted. The benefits of being a Macaulay student are tremendous.
    To start off once you are admitted to Macaulay you are considered a "University Scholar"
    Macaulay awards every University Scholar a University Scholarship which consists of the following:
    All University Scholars in good standing, regardless of their eligibility for financial aid, will receive the following benefits:

    Tuition: University Scholars will receive full tuition scholarships for four years. The amount of the scholarship is equal to the tuition less any TAP received.
    Opportunities Fund Grants: Every University Scholar will have access to a Opportunities Fund of up to $7500 to support experiences, such as studying abroad, and activities, such as internships. All requests must be approved both by the Macaulay Honors College Program Advisor/Director at the participating CUNY college and by the Opportunities Fund Application Review Committee.
    Laptop Computer: University Scholars will each receive a laptop computer, subject to the terms and conditions of the laptop agreement, which each University Scholar signs upon receipt. Every year, all Scholars are required to participate in CUNY’s asset tracking and reinventory. At the end of the junior year, University Scholars will have the option to purchase the laptop for $1 or to return it to Macaulay Honors College. Any student who withdraws or is dismissed must return the laptop.

    In addition to this you will receive a Cultural Passport which will gain you admission to many of NYC's museums, shows, etc.. for free or greatly reduced price.

    There are many more benefits and you can find more about it by going to the following website: Macaulay Honors College

    Now about applying.....
    If you wish to apply to Macaulay you can only apply to one of the seven CUNY branches that host the program. This is different from regular application where you do not apply to Macaulay but apply to CUNY. In the regular application you are not limited to one CUNY but have the opportunity to pick six CUNY schools. If applying Early Decision to Macaulay and rejected you will be automatically moved on to the regular pool. It is as if you were "deferred." If applying regular decision to Macaulay you will first be notified if you have been accepted to the regular CUNY of your choice. Then you will move on to the University Scholar round where everyone who has been accepted to their CUNY of choice is now competing for the limited number of spots for Macaulay. If rejected from Macaulay you still have the opportunity to go to the CUNY you have chosen as a regular student. There is no need for another application. The Macaulay application covers both regular and the Honors College.
    Another note: You have mentioned you are looking into Hunter and Baruch. These two branches are the most competitive when it comes to Macaulay. Simply because they receive the most applicants.
    Hope this answers you question. And if you have any other questions visit the website I have given you. Or you can always post back or PM me.
    If you would like I can post you my stats because I have been accepted to Macaulay Honors College @ City College for the Class of 2013.
    Good Luck in your college search.
  • sarmangosarmango Registered User Posts: 184 Junior Member
    Hi, I was accepted and will enroll at Hunter College for MHC. If you have any questions or want to know more, PM me. I'll be happy to help. I'm excited to be a part of this program and hope to see it flourish as alumni begin to really make MHC and CUNY a really awesome name. :]
  • blueserenity23blueserenity23 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I'm really interested in applying to MHC. I was just wondering- what was the thing about your application that stood out? What steps did you take when applying? Sorry for the broad question- I'm just very curious :)
  • kwukwu Registered User Posts: 4,759 Senior Member
    You should read through the site. It's certainly a program worth looking into:

    Macaulay Honors College | Prospective Students
  • daniaddddaniaddd Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    hey I was wondering if they also pay for dorming or is that not included in the tuition?
  • jellyyajellyya Registered User Posts: 270 Junior Member
    only Hunter pay for dorm.. CCNY does not (I believe there's dorm in Queens as well-but not sure)
  • susgeeksusgeek Registered User Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    My daughter is a Macaulay student @ Brooklyn. There are no dorms so she doesn't get housing. But she got a Mac and free tuition.


    At Brooklyn College, she had to rent an apartment. She had seriously wanted to go to Hunter College, which included a dorm as part of the Macaulay package. But Hunter didn't have her major.

    It is fairly selective:

    Class 2012
    Applicants 3,829
    Accepted 874
    % Accepted 23%
    Enrolled 354

    HS Average 93.4
    SAT Total 1396
    SAT Verbal 691
    SAT Math 705
  • Snowsurfer12mSnowsurfer12m Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I received a letter about alumni information interviews for Brooklyn College, class of 2014. Is this all a part of the process or does this actually mean I could be well considered for a spot in the class of 2014?
  • MMPRETZELMMPRETZEL Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    my son has a 92 avg and a 1300 on sats .
    do u think these stats will get him in to hunter-macaulay honors ?the housing is a nice plus!!he is retakin sats -only a junior -hopin to up to about 1400 .
  • lmjdadlmjdad Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    how did your macauley interview go? hopefully you aced it.
    my daughter is going for her interview next week, any tips.
  • Snowsurfer12mSnowsurfer12m Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    My interview went well actually, thank you. Not really much to worry about, because they try and make it like a conversation, however they did take notes whenever the students were speaking. Of course you come in properly dressed, but they tell you that it doesnt affect your entry into the college, its mainly supposed to be an "informational" interview.
  • lately2012lately2012 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi I know this was from a while ago but I applied this year ED and was defered and I am waiting to hear back for RD. I was wondering if I can ask you a few questions on MHC at hunter as well.

    Thanks You!
  • AWESOmAWESOm Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Hey guys, I was thinking of applying to Macaulay Honors College in New York, and I would like to know if you can apply to more than one college(MHC program) with different applications. Do you have to pick only one? And what scores do I definitely have to have to at least get considered. I live in the suburbs next to the Bronx. And what are my chances, because I know, people who have a C average apply also. And, what about community service? Can I substitute that for jobs and clubs in my high school? I am thinking of either majoring in accounting or premed. But the only schools that offer premed, that I know of currently know of is City College. But that college does'nt offer accounting. So what should I do? I really want to get into the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, but if that does not work out, I want accounting. So any comments, opinions whatever?
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