On August 27, 2015, Rutgers Honors College Class of 2019 were the first to move into a brand new residential hall. These exceptional incoming students from across New Jersey and beyond – and the students who have followed them – enjoy a unique living/learning environment specifically designed for intensive small group study, faculty mentoring, and a wide range of specialized cultural and social activities across all disciplines.
Rising above the Raritan River on the historic College Avenue Campus, the Honors College combines residences for first-year students with the advising and administrative offices of the College, apartments for live-in faculty fellows, high-tech seminar rooms, and special lounges and study areas throughout the building. There are small reading nooks, group study tables, a café with a fireplace, grand piano and coffee bar, a central grass courtyard with walkways and loose furniture, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the river.
The new Honors College lies at the core of the Rutgers’ mission to bring the highest achieving students from across the university into one innovative community. Devco’s development of this distinctive facility proved to be an extraordinary recruitment tool for Rutgers. The inaugural class for the residential honors program had SAT scores that rank in the top 2% nationwide, with 90% of the students ranking in the top 10% of their high school classes. And, the student population is the most diverse of any honors program in the Big Ten Conference.
Rutgers Honors College advances the university’s competitive position, levels the playing field with other universities within the prestigious Association of American Universities and the Big Ten Conference by attracting “the best and the brightest” to Rutgers, and in the long-term, strengthens New Jersey’s workforce.