Honors Programs

The College provides many opportunities to students wishing to challenge themselves intellectually. Presidential Honors Scholars, Advanced Honors Seminars, and Departmental Honors programs are some of these opportunities (First-Year Seminars are now required of all incoming CAS students; these courses remain rigorous and devoted to academic inquiry at a sophisticated level).  


Presidential Honors Scholars

The top ten percent of the entering first-year class is invited to join the Presidential Honors Scholars Program. Students may also apply for entry after they have matriculated, having demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to leadership and service.

Students participating in the Presidential Honors Scholars Program have the opportunity to enrich their academic and cultural experience in the College.

  • Scholars participate in a Scholar Seminar in the first and second years that provides guidance and faculty mentoring focused on developing and building the skills needed for research at the honors level. Advanced Honors Seminars are also available in the second and third years.
  • Scholars apply for a grant from the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF). Grant recipients present their research findings at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference, and have their abstracts published in Inquiry, the College’s annual journal for undergraduate research.
  • Scholars achieve a 3.65 GPA.
  • Scholars complete the Honors track in their major. This includes taking special courses, undertaking a research project, and writing a thesis prior to graduation.
  • Scholars have the opportunity to participate in the Scholars Lecture Series, cultural activities, community service, and service–learning projects.
  • Scholars study away at one of the sites in the NYU Global Network.

Students interested in joining the Program in the spring term prior to their sophomore year apply by:

  • Completing the online application.
  • Uploading the following as one pdf file: personal statement and current transcript.
  • Having a faculty recommendation letter sent directly to cas.scholar@nyu.edu.

Deadline to apply and submit application materials: May 1st by 5:00 PM.


Departmental Honors and Awards

Many departments and programs offer talented and highly motivated juniors and seniors the opportunity to take individual honors courses or to enroll in special honors programs that often culminate in the writing of a thesis under faculty supervision. See the individual departmental listings for further information. Additionally, the College and its departments recognize the outstanding academic achievements of a select number of students every year with various awards and prizes.


Phi Beta Kappa

In 1776, five students at the College of William & Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa as a society devoted to the pursuit of liberal education and intellectual fellowship. Phi Beta Kappa continues to honor those who achieve excellence in a broad-based exploration of the arts and sciences during their undergraduate years. Regardless of discipline, all Phi Beta Kappa members represent superior achievement and a commitment to the spirit of learning. Click here for more information.


WINS - Women in Science at NYU
A selective program for highly motivated women planning careers in science and mathematics

Did you know that there are more women than men at many liberal arts colleges but that nationally women are underrepresented in scientific and mathematical studies and research? To address this shortage, the College of Arts and Science at NYU has instituted the Women in Science (WINS) program that will capitalize on the talents of women undergraduates who are interested in careers that focus on research in science and math. A core group of women, WINS Scholars, are selected from each entering class whose interests and abilities are nurtured through a highly individualized program of study, research, and mentoring.

WINS seeks to foster the talents and support the aspirations of young women preparing for professional and academic careers that involve research in anthropology, bio-chemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, neural science, physics, or psychology.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact cas.wins@nyu.edu