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Presidential Scholars Program
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An Honors enrichment program for a group of 50 first and second-year students who seek to maintain the highest level of academic achievement and commitment to civic engagement while at Kingsborough to facilitate their transfer to top 4-year colleges for the completion of their undergraduate degrees.


Entering freshmen need a high school G.P.A. of 80% or higher and must have passed the CUNY reading and writing placement exams so that they are able to enroll in ENG 12.

Current Kingsborough students must have a G.P.A. of 3.40 or higher based on 12 or more credits and must have earned a grade of B+ or higher in ENG 12.

All applicants:

  • Must provide copies of their transcripts and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or counselor familiar with their academic and leadership skills.
  • Must commit to participate in at least one All-Honors, Honors Enrichment Component or Honors Contract course each term, and aim to graduate with minimum of 9 Honors credits. Students who earn 18 or more Honors credits will be recognized as Presidential Scholars at commencement and on their official transcript.
  • Have a strong desire to participate in academic and co-curricular programs that require off-campus experiences.


Attend a 1-day required orientation prior to the start of the academic year.

First-year students must register for two Honors courses during their first year in the program; options include ENG12, ENG 24, or any other Honors course being offered.

Provide leadership and service in one or more of the following organizations: Honors Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and/or the Student World Assembly.

Seek to participate in one or more highly competitive academic experiences or courses that promote global understanding, such as the Salzburg Global Seminar, the National Model United Nations Program, and/or the Vassar Exploring Transfer Program, and/or the Partners in the Park Program.

Participate in three or more special college events each term developed specifically for Presidential Scholars, such as Honors Reading Circle, trips to local cultural venues and college transfer, internship and scholarship workshops.


Students who graduate with a GPA of 3.40 or higher and earn 18 or more Honors credits will receive a certificate, signed by the Associate Provost and the Honors Program Director, at the annual end-of-year college Awards ceremony, and their achievement will be recognized by a special notation in the Commencement booklet and on their transcript.

Application Process

Application and recommendation forms are available at the Honors House in M377 or click here.

For Further Information

Visit the Honors House in M377, call 718-368-5365, or email Dr. Rachelle Goldsmith, the Honors Program director at
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