Honors Program | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Honors Program

An enriched educational experience for students of exceptional promise

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The School of Engineering Honors Program offers advanced students a superior educational experience that extends beyond the traditional classroom environment.

Honors students have access to a variety of opportunities, including undergraduate research, study away, and specialized extracurricular activities.

Rigorous intellectual development through active learning and faculty mentoring combine with an interdisciplinary focus and global awareness prepares students to become leaders. As rising scholars, Honors students are a highly enthusiastic and prominent part of the School's alumni population and enhance the overall reputation of the school for delivering excellence in education.

Honors Program Highlights

  • An undergraduate experience rooted in a research-intensive environment. Honors students complete a BS thesis based on independent research with faculty.
  • An emphasis on Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (i2e) balanced with scholarly and professional development activities embedded throughout the program.
  • dedicated Honors adviser and the opportunity to participate in specialized extracurricular events throughout the year that build a strong sense of community.
  • One tuition-free summer course (up to four credits) for three consecutive summer sessions. This course may be taken at any NYU school, including the NYU Study Away sites.
  • Financial support for conferences and research-related activities.

Selection Process

Criteria for Admission

The Honors Program has a referral-only admissions process. Selected individuals who are admitted to the Tandon School of Engineering as first-year students will be automatically selected by the NYU Undergraduate Admissions Office and referred to the Tandon Honors Program.

Preference is given to students with outstanding high school GPA and SAT scores. However, files are reviewed in a comprehensive manner and other important criteria are given serious consideration. Among these are the difficulty of course work (AP courses), written submissions such as the personal statement, receipt of prizes and awards, leadership positions, participation in academic clubs, and evidence of self-discipline and persistence as confirmed in the letters of recommendation.

Students who were not referred to the Honors Program at the time of their initial application to the university are not eligible for the program. Transfer students are not eligible for the Honors Program. No applications or appeals can be submitted.

For further information on this process, contact the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 212-998-4500 or admissions.ops@nyu.edu.

Program Requirements

Students admitted to the School of Engineering's Honors Program are required to satisfy the following requirements in order to remain in the Honors Program:

  • Maintain a minimum required cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) as indicated below:
    Freshman year 3.5
    Sophomore year 3.5
    Junior year 3.4
    Senior year 3.4

  • Earn minimum credits by the end of each academic year as indicated below:
    Freshman year: 32
    Sophomore year: 64
    Junior year: 96
    Senior year: 128

  • Successfully complete a Bachelors Thesis: As part of fulfilling the requirements for the School of Engineering's Honors Program, and to successfully graduate with the Honors Program distinction indicated on the student's transcript, all students in the program must complete a Bachelors Thesis in their junior or senior year of study at the Institute that successfully satisfies their department’s standards. To satisfy this requirement, students typically register for a minimum of 3 credits of BS thesis which is usually independent study under the guidance of a faculty member. Upon completion of the research and writing of the BS thesis, students are required to submit a bound thesis as outlined in the guidelines for preparing BS thesis, available from the Office of Undergraduate Academics. The Bachelors Thesis is a distinct requirement of the Honors Program and is independent of a student’s major degree requirements. In nearly all cases, however, credits earned towards completion of the thesis may count towards satisfying a student’s academic degree requirements as technical, free or departmental electives. Students should consult their academic adviser to discuss their individual situation. Honors Program students pursuing a BS/MS program will only need to submit a Masters Thesis to satisfy this requirement.

At the end of each semester each Honors Program student's academic record is reviewed and if his/her cumulative GPA is below the minimum required as outlined above, the student will be placed on one semester probation in order to improve his/her academic standing. (Students on Honors Program probation are not eligible for the tuition-free summer course.) After the one-semester probationary period, if the student's GPA is still below the minimum requirements, the student will be dismissed from the Honors Program and lose any special benefits of the Honors Program. Students dismissed from the Honors Program will retain any other the School of Engineering scholarship offered at the time of admission into the university, so long as they meet the institutional requirements needed to maintain those scholarships. The student is responsible for contacting the School of Engineering's Financial Aid Office for up-to-date financial aid and scholarship requirements.