Union Honors

The Union Honors Program helps students earn bachelor’s degrees from great schools.

Union Honors is for high achieving, academically motivated students who attend and graduate from UCNJ and then transfer to a four-year institution. Students who are accepted into the Union Honors program will have access to small class sizes under 20 students, classes taught by full-time faculty members, professional academic advising, transfer support, admission to numerous seminars and workshops, and access to the Honors lounge!

  • 2 years in the Honors Program at UCNJ
  • 2 years at a top college or university
  • Honors Program Benefits


    Honors classes are small, seminar style classes that promote student engagement. Classes are limited to 20 students and are taught by the College’s most distinguished faculty. Honors classes focus on a learner centered pedagogy, enhancing critical thinking and inquiry.


    Honors students have a dedicated academic specialist who provides personalized advisement and helps support their success. The academic specialist guides their students with registration through graduation, campus resources, and transfer.


    The Honors Lounge serves as the center of the Honors program. Students meet here for study sessions, game nights, meetings, and events. Workshops, social events, alumni transfer panels, and faculty meet and greets are just a few ways that students can build relationships with faculty and peers.

  • Honors Program Eligibility

    Union Honors students…

    • Have 3.25 cumulative GPA
      • If you are a first-time college student, a 3.0 high school GPA will be reviewed
      • If you are a first-time college student, previous Honors, AP, or IB courses are recommended
      • If you are transferring from another institution, your transferring GPA and high school GPA will be reviewed
      • If you are a current UCNJ student, your current GPA will be reviewed
    • Test out of developmental courses
    • Are full-time students
    • Plan on graduating from UCNJ
    • Plan on transferring to a 4-year institution after graduation
    • Take Honors course at the Cranford campus
    • Are not in Nursing, Certificate, or A.A.S. degree programs
      • These program requirements interfere with Honors course requirements
  • Honors Program Application Process

    Step 1. How to Apply

    For full consideration, apply by August 15th for the Fall semester or by December 15th for the Spring semester.

    While completing the application to attend UCNJ, make sure you answer “Yes” to the question asking if you are interested in the Union Honors program.

    After you complete the main UCNJ Application, you will automatically be provided access to apply for the supplemental Union Honors application.

    Step 2. How to Complete the Union Honors Supplemental Application

    • Access the Apply to UCNJ website
    • On the My Account Page click under Application/Decision Click “View”
    • On the Application Page click “Supplemental Items & Documents”
    • On the “Supplemental Items & Documents Page” Page Click “Start”

    Step 3. Await Selection Decision

    Our program strives to recruit the best and brightest students. Your story and strong academic background are crucial aspects we use to evaluate your application.

    The admissions process consists of submitting a completed application, all education transcripts, test scores, and possible interview in which the Admissions Committee will then consider all aspects in a timely matter before the admissions decision is relayed to the applicant. This process could take up to several weeks and we appreciate your patience.

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