NYU is world renowned for its ambitious students and rigorous curricula, and every student has access to the University’s abundant resources and inspiring academics. But each of NYU’s schools and colleges also offer honors programs and guided research opportunities for especially high achievers. These programs allow outstanding students to challenge themselves intellectually, engage in independent research, and extend their academic exploration beyond New York City.

Some programs carefully select high-caliber students during the admissions process. But many are open to students later in their time at NYU. Below, you’ll find a sampling of some of our most prestigious programs that are open to current students. Keep in mind that a wide variety of other honors programs and research opportunities are available. Start here, then dig deeper by visiting your school’s website or getting in touch with your program.

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University-Wide Programs

Open to students in their second, third, and fourth years, the NYU Leadership Initiative integrates scholarly research, academic courses, and cocurricular events and activities to prepare students to be ethical and inclusive leaders who have an impact as global citizens.

Open to NYU seniors, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. To be elected to the society for lifetime membership, students must demonstrate outstanding scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Presidential Internship Program is a paid internship that provides five high-performing juniors who are interested in a professional career in university administration with enriching career development and mentorship experiences.

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School and Departmental Honors Programs

Many of NYU’s schools and colleges have their own honors programs. Some are open to current students, particularly rising sophomores. These programs often include individualized research, special academic programs, and in-depth experiential learning. Representative honors programs include:

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Research Programs

NYU’s status as a world-class research university is a major asset. What’s more, accomplished undergraduates benefit from it right away. Several of NYU’s colleges and schools offer programs that are specifically designed to help students access these resources, including:

In addition to the above internal programs, the NYU Office of Global Awards supports students and alumni in their applications for nationally competitive merit-based fellowships, scholarships, and internships. These include the Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright scholarships.

Keeping up with the fast pace of our changing world, NYU is always creating new opportunities for research. We regularly update scholarship and honors programs to meet student needs. As you progress through your time at NYU, be sure to keep checking in with your adviser, your professors, and your department to see if there’s something that’s the right fit for you and your goals.