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Rutgers Honors Program Questions

publicdomaininfopublicdomaininfo 28 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
edited December 2012 in Rutgers University
So what is special about the Rutger's Honors Program? Is it just the housing? Is the housing guaranteed for 4 or 6 years (depending on which programs you applied for)? Is the housing big with a large suite?
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  • bluewindbluewind 295 replies89 threadsRegistered User Member
    You get to dorm with the "smartest" kids on campus, get to do special honors classes, seminars, research activities. Basically, professors are there to hook you up the most, yet you still have to seek it out. Housing's guaranteed for 4 years, and the type of dorm varies by college (Busch v. Livingston v. College Ave...)
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  • publicdomaininfopublicdomaininfo 28 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Wow, guaranteed housing for 4 years...I'll probably go to Rutgers!

    Thank you bluewind for all the information!
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  • bluewindbluewind 295 replies89 threadsRegistered User Member
    Wait, i'm sorry! I was thinking about the Presidential Scholarship package, which does guarantee you admission to the Honors Program and 4 years of housing. If you just got into Honors without Presidential, then I'm not sure if it's guaranteed 4 years (it probably isn't).

    You do still have the ability to go into Honors housing as a first-year, that I'm sure of.
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  • bluewindbluewind 295 replies89 threadsRegistered User Member
    yeah, I effed up.
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  • publicdomaininfopublicdomaininfo 28 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Oh ok, that's fine bluewind.

    Do honors people get better dining options? How is dining at Rutgers?

    Also, if you are unable to get housing, what do you do then?

    What are the differences between Residence Halls, Suites, and Busch Regular suites/four bedroom ones? The price range is from $7,000 - $8,000 and I am wondering if there is any benefit to paying an extra $1,000 for a suite.
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  • needsmorsleepneedsmorsleep 208 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    No to better dining options but dining's okay overall. It depends how proficient you're parents were in the kitchen growing up. In my case, my mom (love her to death) was an awful cook so I love the dining halls :P You'll almost always find something you want to eat.

    As far as I can tell everyone one who wants housing can get housing if you're not picky about location so it hasn't been an issue. The way the lottery system works is easy to attach yourself to someone with a better number if you get screwed and I think honors gives you some sort of housing priority. Again, hasn't come up.

    I think its mostly the number of occupants, the suites hold 6 iirc. Don't really know all that much about this.

    In general the honors program kind of blows. The qualifications aren't particularly rigorous so while we may be "the smartest kids on campus" there's a lot of variance :/ What the program really is is a hook to grab moderately above average students, it really only offers two benefits.

    You get to take honors classes with out getting a special permission number (but usually honors sections only exist for intro level course so the farther you get in your major the more this benefit diminishes) which are usually better courses taught at a faster pace and in greater detail (but I've basically only taken math honors courses, not sure about l.a.). Also it sounds better which is helpful when you're trying to get positions on campus and (hopefully) when you apply for a job. I guess you command a little more respect academically but imo that respect is misplaced. Then again, apparently you need a 3.5 each semester to stay in so maybe graduating with it is impressive to someone.

    It's not without drawbacks either, you have to fulfill a foreign lang requirement which is a pain in the ass if you haven't ap'd out of part of it. I know a lot of very smart kids who won't finish the program because they have better things to take (grad level math, double majors, etc). Also you have to take colloquiums which are utterly worthless.

    This went kind of long, sorry about that. Hope this helps you or someone.
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  • publicdomaininfopublicdomaininfo 28 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thanks for taking the time to answer! You are really helpful!
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  • sbkid1994sbkid1994 12 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    What are the requirements for the Honors Program? I'd like to see if I can get in. I've already been accepted to the two schools in the University.
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  • rualumrualum 2176 replies52 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Engineering honors requirements:

    Math SAT-I (730+), Critical Reading SAT-I (620+) and combined SAT-I (1400+) will be eligible for consideration. SAT-I Essay score must be submitted, but currently not used in determining eligibility. A high score on the Rutgers math placement test is also required. Class rank in high school must normally be 95th percentile or greater.
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  • danicaRUdanicaRU 56 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The requirements for the honors program vary depending on which school you are in (Engineering has already been posted). I'm in the School of Arts and Sciences program, you can learn more about their honors program, and the process of self-nomination, at this website: Admissions
    Students are automatically considered for admission to the honors program. However, if you are not awarded automatic admission you can still self-nominate. There is also always the option of doing departmental honors which means maintaining a high GPA in all the courses for your major and then applying to honors during your junior year. This would allow you to complete a senior thesis and graduate with departmental honors. The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) also has the George H. Cook Scholars program, allowing you to apply to honors your junior year, provided you are in the top 15% of your class and have completed 24 credits.
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  • ivydreamer48ivydreamer48 128 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey, I just made my enrollment payment to Rutgers NB SAS last night. I was wondering , if I enroll in Rutgers NB SAS does that automatically mean I am in the Honors Program (I already got the letter saying I was in the Honors Program back in February, I am just not sure if I have to enroll somewhere else too)?
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  • flyingcrayonsflyingcrayons 70 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Wow i did all this literally a year ago and i cant remember :(

    I'm pretty sure that once you've paid your enrollment money for SAS you're automatically enrolled into the honors program (if you got a letter which you said you had).

    If you want to make sure call the admissions office, they can be a little annoying to reach sometimes but if you do reach them they are quite helpful.
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  • rgomes1220rgomes1220 22 replies11 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hi,
    I'm an accepted student to SAS honors and have a question. Is it true that one can choose to take advantage only of some perks of the honors program, namely the option for "honors courses" and "honors housing" and opt out of requirements such as the language proficiency and colloquium? I'm aware that this would mean I wouldn't have the distinction of "SAS honors scholar" if I were to graduate from Rutgers, but I'm just curious as to if it can be done.
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  • needsmorsleepneedsmorsleep 208 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Yep, being in the honors program gives you the opportunity to pick and choose what parts of it you utilize. Me and most of my friends treat use the program like this (although I may finish it just because)
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  • rgomes1220rgomes1220 22 replies11 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thanks, im just not sure if i want to do the colloquium and other requirements.
    Also, could anyone give me an idea as to how flexible a freshman schedule would be? Are there any "required" classes besides Expository Writing? How difficult would it be to get these classes this fall:

    Expo Writing
    Intro to Microeconomics (honors)
    Calc 151 (honors)
    Sociology 101
    General Bio 101
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  • bonanzaebonanzae 9 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hi! I'm kind of new to this, but I enrolled in Rutgers yesterday. I'm in SAS honors, and I was wondering about the difference between graduating from the SAS honors and a departmental honors program? Also, I was looking up the required electives (the whole liberal arts requirements) and it seems like it should be impossible to graduate in four years with all the requirements. I'm very confused. Is it not as bad as it sounds trying to graduate with a major, a minor and honors? I'm also going to take pre-med classes, which makes this sound a whole lot more intimidating.
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  • danicaRUdanicaRU 56 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I am a senior graduating from the honors program in a couple of weeks (I didn't have the language requirement when I entered). I imagine that it is possible to join the honors program, take honors courses, and just never complete your language requirement (meaning you will not graduate with honors). There are, however, other opportunities to graduate with distinction. For example, I did a senior honors thesis, which was an option for any high-performing students in the English department. They didn't have to be in the honors program. And upon completion, you graduate with additional distinctions.
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  • troy12troy12 63 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Can you try to join Honors as a current student? I will have a 4.0 this semester. I am currently a non-honors SEBS student.
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  • NeedsHelp1212NeedsHelp1212 523 replies34 threadsRegistered User Member
    Is an honors colloquium pass/fail? I can't find any information pertaining to this online.
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  • NeedsHelp1212NeedsHelp1212 523 replies34 threadsRegistered User Member
    bump^^^^^^
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