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Albert Dorman Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology Named Among the Country’s Top 10 Honors Colleges and Programs

Albert Dorman Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has been ranked among the Top 10 honors colleges and programs in the United States in the new book INSIDE HONORS: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs, published by Public University Press. Inclusion in this Top 10 listing was based on many factors, including curricular requirements, co-curricular requirements, class size, SAT, GPA, merit scholarships, prestigious fellowships, honors housing and more. NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College received the highest possible ranking of 5.0 “mortarboards,” translating to Top 10 status, following the publication’s data analysis of 60 public university honors programs across the country.

“Since being established in 1995 with about 120 students, NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College has grown to roughly 700 students who are sought-after by many of the best universities across the country,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “These are students of great accomplishment whose scores on the math and critical reading sections of the SAT average 1420 out of 1600. They are choosing NJIT because, by attending the honors college at one of only 32 polytechnic universities nationally, they are in incredible demand by employers upon graduation and are well prepared for career success.”

NJIT’s initial honors program began in 1985 and transformed into an honors college 10 years later. Albert Dorman Honors College constantly provides a rich, challenging and individualized educational experience to students who demonstrate excellence and engagement in their academic activities. The College offers a full curriculum of honors courses, colloquia, study tours, dual-degree and study abroad opportunities, internships, undergraduate research, community service involvement and accelerated programs through partnerships with neighboring universities.

Albert Dorman Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and an affiliate member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Interim Dean John Bechtold, who also is professor of Mathematical Sciences at NJIT and who was the driving force behind the college’s first time request to be evaluated for inclusion in this biennial publication, attributes the ranking to the Albert Dorman Honors College’s wide-ranging curriculum as well as the quality of students the college attracts—this year’s class scored an average SAT score of 1420 in reading and math, the highest to date.

“Prospective students are going to see we’re ranked so highly and will further consider us as one of their top college choices,” noted Dean Bechtold. “They will realize the caliber of our students and the opportunities afforded to them. We are very proud of our ranking!”

The Kindle version of INSIDE HONORS: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs is now available, and the print version is scheduled for release in early October. The college is in good company, with honors colleges at Penn State, Clemson, Arizona State and University of Texas at Austin also on the list.

“This is wonderful news for our Albert Dorman Honors College, our students and our entire NJIT community,” said Fadi P. Deek, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Executive Vice President at NJIT. “We are very pleased to see a deriving college of NJIT receive such recognition and we applaud Dean Bechtold for his leadership and his enthusiasm for all that Albert Dorman Honors College provides to its students.”

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