The Honors Program is a rigorous academic program for students interested in transferring to competitive colleges and universities. The program is designed to provide a challenging and demanding academic curriculum for high-achieving talented students. The academic curriculum is characterized by questioning, inquiry, and creative exploration. Students must complete a minimum of four general education Honors Program courses and a Capstone Research Project under the tutelage of a Faculty Mentor.



  • Small class sizes
  • Honors recognition on transcript
  • Scholarships for eligible students
  • Individual transfer advisement
  • A rich array of diverse cultural experiences
  • Capstone Research Project
  • Special networking events
  • Unique experiential education opportunities



    New Students:

  • Placed in the top 10% high school rankor
  • A SAT score of 1650 (minimum of 550 verbal, 550 mathematics, and essay 9)
    Continuing Students:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Completed at least 12 college credits and no more than 24 credits
  • Prepared to take ENG 102 and HST 102 (Spring Semester)
  • Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain in the Program


Fall: ENG 101 – English Composition I, HST 101 – World Civilization I
Spring: ENG 102 – English Composition II, HST 102 – World Civilization II


Fall: ENG 215 – English Literature, SOC 108 – Social Problems
Spring: Capstone Research Project




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The Honors Program Application includes:

  • Cover sheet
  • A 325-word essay in which you describe the significance of your most notable high school or college learning experience
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or teachers with whom you have studied.

Deadline: On or before 12:00 noon, Monday, December 12, 2016
Send completed applications to:
Dr. Ladylease G. White
Founder & Director, Honors Program
Essex County College
303 University Avenue, Room 3163
Newark, New Jersey 07102


David Kariuki
Stanford University
Samuel Nash
New York University
Gessika Innocent
Cornell University

Honors Program Graduates Have Transferred to:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Howard University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Pratt Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers, The State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • And many more!

Honors Program Graduates Have Received Major Awards:

  • Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship
  • Dr. Ladylease G. White Honors Program Award
  • All-USA Academic Team – First Team
  • Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
  • Universities’ Honors Program Scholarship
  • Universities’ Transfer Student Scholarship



Dr. Ladylease G. White, Founder & Director
Room 3163


Prof. Jean-Wilner Alexandre, Assistant Director
Room 3173