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Program Highlights

The Presidential Scholars program is open to all majors and gives you an opportunity to interact with your peers from around the globe who are pursuing different career paths. The students in the program participate in:
  • Specially Designed Honors Liberal Arts Courses: From “Film Art/Film Critic” to “History of New York Architecture,” these one-semester courses stimulate your mind and creativity.
  • Monthly Colloquia Series: Speakers at the monthly dinner colloquia have included an expert on immigration discussing the city's changing demographics, opera singers from the New York City Opera, and a director presenting her Academy Award winning documentary film.
  • Annual Retreat: Every fall, freshman honors students participate in a fun-filled retreat, which includes team building activities and explorations of NY neighborhoods.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Select from a range of cultural activities. See Follies or WarHorse, attend the Nutcracker ballet or follow in the steps of Edith Wharton on a walking tour of Greenwich Village.
  • Community Service Activities: Students take part in one community service activity per semester. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, join in a sewing circle, or garden in Riverside Park.
  • Honors Projects: Assisted by a faculty mentor, interdisciplinary groups of three to five juniors research a NYC neighborhood -- studying the history, architecture, demographics, and economics of the area. Each group prepares a research paper in the fall and presents their finding in an engaging, multi-media presentation in the spring.
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