Information for Freshman Applicants
If you have been accepted to Stockton and expect to enter as a freshman for the upcoming fall semester, you may choose to apply to the Honors Program. Students may be invited to apply to the Honors Program based on their record of academic success in high school or their previous college. They can also download the materials and apply on their own. Either way, spending some time looking at the Honors website will make the process easier.
The Admissions Committee is made up of Stockton faculty and staff who have worked closely with the Honors Program. We encourage all students to apply who are interested in a rigorous academic schedule, who expect to make a commitment to service projects throughout their academic career, and who are equally ready to spend their weekends studying for exams, going on field trips, or sharing pizza with friends. We suggest that you not apply just because you think the word "Honors" will look good on your transcript. Instead, we recommend that you think seriously about your own academic goals and decide whether the Honors Program will help you achieve them.
Please note that the Honors Program only accepts students who apply the same year that they are applying to Stockton. You will not be eligible to apply to the Honors Program as an enrolled freshman or sophomore.
The Admissions Committee does not set specific GPA or SAT requirements, but we do have questions we keep in mind as we review applications:
Before You Apply to Stockton Honors
In order to apply to the Honors Program, you must have submitted your completed application to Stockton College. You can find the main Admissions page here. There is no additional fee to apply to the Honors Program.
We also recommend that you attend an Open House and, if you are invited, one of the Instant Decision Days. The schedules are posted on the right of this page. You can also make an appointment to speak to the Honors Director and meet with current Honors students. Check our Welcome page for more detailed contact information.
The Honors Application
The main purpose of the Honors application is for us to get to know you better. We suggest that you download the Honors Application form (found on the right side of this page) to your own computer and save a backup copy. Before filling it out, think about what you're passionate about, what makes you shine, what qualities you have that are truly outstanding. And before submitting it, be sure to proofread it and save a copy of the completed version for your files. We encourage you to submit the application via email to Honors@stockton.edu. You can also print it out and mail it to The Honors Program, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441.
Letter of Recommendation
We ask that you send us one letter of recommendation. There is no need to send us more than one. Please print out a copy of the Letter of Recommendation form (found on the right side of this page), fill out the top (your name and the waiver section) and give it to someone who knows you well.We would prefer to receive letters of recommendation via email to Honors@stockton.edu, so please check with your referee to see if s/he is able to scan the completed version and email it either as .jpg or .pdf file. If not, please give her/him a stamped envelope addressed to The Honors Program, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441.
You might choose a teacher who has seen you in more than one setting, such as a club as well as a class. Another possibility might be a mentor with whom you've worked closely on a project that's important to you both. And another might be a coach, supervisor at work, or youth group leader who has had the opportunity to watch you mature over time.
Freshman Application Deadlines
The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications on December 10 for Fall 2015. We strongly recommend that interested students apply as soon as they have completed their Stockton application.
Students who apply by December 10 can expect to be notified by January 31 whether they have been accepted into the Honors Program. Students who apply by February 15 can expect to be notified by March 31.
Students who miss the two previous Honors admissions deadlines can still apply through April 15. Screening will continue until all places are filled. We regret that we cannot accept applications after the April 15 deadline.
Accepted students will receive an acceptance packet via US mail and will be asked to return a Confirmation Letter and a Housing Preference Form. No deposit is required, but we can only reserve a place in the Honors Program once we have received the completed Confirmation Letter and Housing Preference Form.
Freshman Honors Application Forms
Please be sure to save a copy of your application for your files before submitting it!
Microsoft Word version (depending on your browser, you may have to check your Downloads folder to find the file)
Letter of Recommendation
Open House Schedule, 2014-2015
All Open Houses begin at 9:30 am in the Sports Center. For more information and to register, please visit the Admissions web page.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Instant Decision Day Schedule, 2014-2015
All Instant Decision Days meet from 10:30 am to 2 pm in the Campus Center. For more information and to apply, please visit the Admissions web page.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tentative dates -- please check back for updates:
Friday, October 23, 2014
Friday, November 6, 2014
Friday, November 20, 2014
The Honors Program does not offer its own scholarships. Please visit the Admissions Scholarships page for information on Stockton's commitment to financial support for high-achieving students.
The Honors Program works closely with the Office of Residential Life to place accepted Honors freshmen into the Honors Living Learning Community. However, demand sometimes exceeds the available space. We strongly recommend that all students interested in freshman housing for the fall semester apply for housing and send in their Housing Acceptance deposit to the Office of Residential Life as soon as they have made a commitment to attend Stockton. All Honors students, regardless of their housing preferences or placement, are full-fledged members of the Honors Program and are eligible to participate in all events and activities.