High School Students

We're glad you are interested in joining the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program!

High school students who wish to be considered for admission to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program (SASHP) must apply to the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) or Rutgers Business School (RBS) by December 1, the Undergraduate Admissions Regular Action Due Date. Admission to the SASHP is competitive and is based on a variety of factors including high school academic record, test scores, and extracurricular activities. Invitations to join the SASHP may be extended through SAS or RBS. In some cases a student may receive an invitation to the Honors Program through both schools, but in most cases the honors invitation will pertain to just ONE school.

Direct Admission

While standardized test scores are only one component of the SAS Honors Program’s admission criteria, students with an SAT Critical Reading score below 600 on the pre-2016 SAT or EBRW score below 650 on the new SAT, or an ACT English score below 30 are not likely to be considered for Direct Admission.

High-achieving students with the potential to excel in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program will be offered Direct Admission. No separate application is required for Direct Admission.

Students invited to join the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program through Direct Admission will be notified by mid-February.

Admission by Application

Students who are accepted to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences or Rutgers Business School- New Brunswick, but have not been offered Direct Admission to the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, may apply for admission if they believe that they have the qualities needed to succeed in, and contribute to, the community of scholars in the Honors Program.

Although students with a Critical Reading SAT score lower than 600, and an ACT English score lower than 30, are unlikely to be admitted to the SAS Honors Program through the “by application” process, the Honors Program recognizes that neither standardized scores nor high school GPAs can fully assess the potential of students to achieve at the highest level in college. If a student believes that he or she has a strong case for admission to the SAS Honors Program, we encourage the student to apply by submitting the following materials directly to the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program:

  •     Application Form
  •     Letter of interest- letter stating why you are interested in the SAS Honors Program
  •     Resume
  •     An essay of at least 500 words- the essay prompt is included on the Application Form

The post-marked application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019. The application will open in February after Direct Admission offers have been sent.


 Deadlines for the Incoming Class of 2023

  • November 1, 2018
    Due date for Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions Early Action
  • December 1, 2018
    Due date for Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions Regular Action
  • February 15, 2019
    Deadline for SAS Honors Program Direct Admission notification
  • March 8, 2019
    SAS Honors Program Admission by Application Deadline
  • May 1, 2019
    Due date for online response to offer of admission to the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and to Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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