Honors College

Honors College

The New York Tech Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Community Engagement. Leadership. Research.

Hear more about the Honors College at New York Tech Admitted Student Days:

  • Long Island campus: April 6
  • New York campus: April 14


The New York Tech Honors College inspires students who are curious and passionate to engage with and address today's local and global challenges. Through participation in interdisciplinary, collaborative, project-based learning that extends beyond the requirements of their academic major, students will have the opportunity to pursue their intellectual passions and play an integral role in New York Tech's vibrant learning community. 

Building a Better World

In addition to their major course of study, Honors College students engage in project-based learning, working in transdisciplinary teams to address complex problems drawn from the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Students will have access to dedicated mentors, workspaces, and resources and will participate in exciting extra-curricular and co-curricular activities designed to complement their academic lives and offer opportunities for intellectual, personal, and social growth.

Who Should Apply

The ideal Honors College student is curious, passionate, and highly motivated. We are interested not only in your past accomplishments but also in your future potential. We value students who have shown leadership or have taken an active role in community engagement.

Steps to Apply (Application Opens in Fall 2023)

  • Apply to New York Tech via the Common App.
  • The Honors College application will open in Fall 2023 and will be available via your Admissions Portal.
  • The Honors College application will include a personal statement.
    • For your personal statement, discuss one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that is meaningful to you. Highlight your community engagement, research, leadership, personal experiences, or future aspirations as you tell us why you are passionate about the goal you have chosen. Your personal statement may be submitted as a (written) essay (300–350 words), a video, or a podcast (3–3.5 minutes).
  • NOTE: If your major requires SAT/ACT scores, you will need to submit those scores as part of your admission. They are not required for consideration to the Honors College.
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Course of Study

The Honors College provides a transdisciplinary, solutions-based, academic experience that benefits both the students and the broader community. Students will progress in cohorts, and:

  • Complete three one-credit seminar courses focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals; these courses will replace one general education seminar course.
  • Complete a final project, which will be showcased in a culminating Honors Conference.
  • Participate in community-building activities, events, and lectures.


Because of the significant role student housing plays in the life/work community of the Honors College, students are encouraged to live in student housing in New York City or on Long Island. Honors College students are guaranteed priority housing at a discounted rate.

Meet the co-Directors

Sheri E. Kelleher

Sheri E. Kelleher

Assistant Provost

Sheri E. Kelleher joined New York Institute of Technology in 2004. While working in the Office of Academic Affairs, she designed and piloted a New Faculty Mentoring Program and the Mentors Institute with the Center for Teaching and Learning; coordinated faculty hires, onboarding, and personnel actions; and managed faculty events, networking sessions, and accreditation visits. She then went on to serve as the founding assistant dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education for the 2016–2017 academic year, where she established advisory board members, operating and budget processes and procedures, and identified non-tuition revenue sources. Email: skellehe@nyit.edu.

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Eleni Nikitopoulos

Eleni Nikitopoulos

Associate Professor

Eleni Nikitopoulos earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in behavioral biology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She was a postdoctoral science fellow at Columbia University, where she received intensive training in teaching and developing science curricula for college undergraduates. She also completed a research postdoc at Columbia investigating cooperation and collective action in non-human primates. She is currently a member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology and NYU's Center for the Study of Human Origins. Email: enikitop@nyit.edu.

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