Rutgers Dedicates Residential Honors College

Rutgers Honors College Credits: TAPinto Piscataway Staff
Rutgers Honors College Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Credits: TAPinto Piscataway Staff
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno addresses Honors College donors, students, and guests. Credits: TAPinto Piscataway Staff
Dr. Jeffrey A. Robinson, Academic Director, Rutger Business School Credits: TAPinto Piscataway Staff

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Rutgers President Robert Barchi hosted Friday’s dedication of the Rutgers University-New Brunswick Honors College. The new facility, located on the university’s College Avenue Campus, is home to more than 500 high-achieving students.

The Honors College invites first-year students in the sciences, humanities and Rutgers’ various professional schools to live and work together to examine global issues.

“This new Honors College brings the University’s highest achieving students into one innovative community focused on intellectual curiosity and hands on, collaborative learning,” Guadagno said. “By engaging students from all disciplines in workshops, fieldwork, mentorships, and more, the Honors College will help Rutgers continue to provide one of the best educational experiences in the nation.”

Sign Up for E-News

Sign Up for E-News


“The Honors College will provide an education for the 21st century and nurture the brilliance of these accomplished young people,” said Barchi. “It reaffirms that Rutgers should be the destination for the very brightest students from around the corner and around the world.

Faculty living in the residence areas will provide mentoring and programmatic support. The students, who are members of the Honors College throughout their four years at Rutgers, will have academic opportunities and challenges beyond the traditional curriculum and classroom experience.



“The Honors College is an outstanding choice for students seeking a small and highly competitive academic environment, while drawing on the superior resources of Rutgers University,” said Richard L. Edwards, chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick. “I applaud the work of the deans and faculty of the participating schools, and the Honors College Faculty Planning Committee, for bringing this extraordinary living learning community to reality.”

The average SAT score of the inaugural Honors College class is 2160, which ranks in the top 2 percent nationwide, compared to the New Jersey average of 1526 and the national average of 1497. Further, 90 percent of the incoming students were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating classes.

“We’ve created a curriculum where interdisciplinary problem solving is at our very core,” said Matt Matsuda, academic dean of the Honors College. “Students will collaborate in small project teams to tackle real world issues, while getting hands on experience in research and in the field from the very start of their college experience.”

“We have a community where intellectual curiosity, hands on knowledge, diversity, collaboration and giving back are central so that students can graduate with a strong resume ready to pursue a career with purpose,” said Paul Gilmore, administrative dean of the Honors College.

While the Honors College program is designed to attract students from around the country and the world, “We were focused mainly on the top students from New Jersey who are among the 30,000 high school graduates who each year leave and go somewhere else,” said Edwards. “We want to keep that talent right here in our state and at our university.”

Honors College students have been accepted through the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, the School of Engineering, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

These schools have had really good honors programs at Rutgers University for over a generation. “The Honors College is the first honors entity here in which we’re drawing on the students and the supported resources of all of these great schools together,” said Matsuda. “We really believe that because of the way the world is changing, students are going to have to have a very flexible education and be on project teams where instead of all students being from one major, there could be someone from engineering working with someone from fine arts or a business student working with an environmentalist.”

Dr. Jeffrey A. Robinson, who teaches courses in social entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School’s Management and Global Business department, hopes to be able to impact his undergraduate students with some of the smaller seminars and joint faculty work with the Honors College. “I do work on social innovation and entrepreneurship, and how do you use entrepreneurship to solve social problems, which is one of the college’s themes this year,” said Robinson.  

A key component of President Barchi’s strategic plan, the Honors College is part of the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative, a collaboration with Rutgers, Devco, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Rutgers Hillel.

The five-story, 170,000-square-foot Honors College is built to LEED silver standards. It includes six seminar rooms, administrative and advising offices, three live-in faculty apartments, and student lounge and study areas throughout the building.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Brunswick

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Hot Latin Nights ...

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19, 7:00 PM

Villagers Theatre, Somerset

Hairspray Auditions

Arts & Entertainment

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Signs National Letter of Intent

February 16, 2018

EDISON, NJ - Mia Reyes of Piscataway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has made it official: she will continue her soccer career at Haverford College next year.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge soccer star signed her official national letter of intent at a press conference with family, friends and coaches in attendance on Feb. 14. Mia, who will graduate with 30 goals and a W+H record ...

Show Some Love to US Troops Overseas: Help Assemble Care Packages Feb. 10

February 4, 2018

MANVILLE, NJ - Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey staff to commemorate its13th anniversary Feb. 10 and help assemble personal care packages for shipment to U.S. troops in the Mideast and around the world.

The packing event will be at the Walter Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290, 600 Washington Ave., Manville, with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies.

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

February 17, 2018

The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...