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Pforzheimer Honors College

Benefits of the Honors College

The Honors College is open to all majors within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, and the College of Health Professions.


  • The Pforzheimer Honors College is a highly esteemed community of talented undergraduate scholars studying under the distinguished faculty of a great university.
  • Incoming Honors students are assigned an upper division student as a mentor to help with the transition into college, Pace, and Honors.
  • Honors Students have the opportunity to live with their Honors peers on one of several Honors floors in the residence halls, which enrich the experience of students with numerous programs and event.
  • Honors Students enjoy early housing registration privileges.
  • The Honors College offers numerous intellectual, cultural, and social events for our students to enjoy, bond, and “hang out”. These events include: themed movie nights, Broadway shows, museum trips, teatimes, holiday parties, ice cream socials, walking tours, food tours, and many more.


  • The Honors College is a place to excel throughout your four years at Pace in the company of engaged students and dedicated faculty.
  • Our classes are innovative and engaging, and they require different work rather than merely more work; our professors are the best teachers we have at Pace.
  • In addition to regular faculty advisors, Honors students receive specialized advisement. Both campuses have an Honors Director, an Honors Advisor, and a council of Honors Faculty who are there to assist students and to help plan their individual path through their four years at Pace.
  • Honors Students enjoy priority registration privileges when enrolling in classes.
  • Honors Students can apply for up to $1,000 to study abroad.


  • By completing a thesis Honors Students engage in the type of advanced research typically reserved for graduate students.
  • Honors College students are eligible to apply for $1,000 for their thesis research.
  • The Honors research and thesis experience is a building block for advanced study, future scholarship awards for research, and job placement.

Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Honors Students are strongly supported to maximize their potential through national scholarships, fellowships, and funded research programs. 
  • This list includes the Fulbright Scholarship (the most prestigious scholarship offered by the U.S. Government), Gilman International Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, James Madison Scholarship, Udall Scholarship, Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

Admissions Information

  • To be considered for the Honors College, incoming first year students must have a minimum high school grade point average of 90, combined SAT scores of 1270 with Critical Reading minimum score of 570 and Math scores of 610, and ACT scores of 27.
  • Students may apply as test optional to be considered for admission within the Pforzheimer Honors College. You will need a minimum 90 GPA and to submit two essays that are listed on the application.
  • Transfer students will be considered for admission to the Pforzheimer Honors College if they are under 45 credits and have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA.
  • Honors students receive a minimum of a $15,000 scholarship