September 24, 2012

John Jay College Joins Macaulay Honors College Community

This fall John Jay College of Criminal Justice joins CUNY’s path breaking William E. Macaulay Honors College. The College is currently accepting Macaulay Honors applications and will welcome its inaugural Macaulay class in 2013.  Macaulay students at John Jay will benefit from extraordinary educational experiences and unparalleled opportunities beyond the classroom.

“The dedication necessary for success as a Macaulay Honors College student mirrors the passion instilled in John Jay College students to become fierce advocates for justice,” said Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay. “This represents a significant milestone in John Jay’s evolution as a premier liberal arts institution and we thank CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein for including John Jay among the other distinguished Macaulay Honors College colleges.  We are thrilled to be one of the CUNY campuses that offer students this important opportunity.”

Set in a state of the art new building in the center of Manhattan, John Jay College offers a first class, rigorous liberal arts education distinguished by an innovative curriculum across the disciplines.  From Forensic Science to English to Economics, John Jay’s award-winning faculty work closely with students to help them pursue their educational goals and prepare for their futures.

The campus’ 60,000-square foot rooftop, known as the “Jay Walk,” features lawn space, trees and benches.  Additional signature spaces include the Emergency Management and High Rise Simulator labs, a moot court, exhibit spaces, and a black box theater.  The new science labs provide opportunities for students to move deeper into high impact research areas, including biochemistry, environmental science, forensic science, molecular biology, and toxicology.  “With John Jay’s new building and expanded liberal arts offerings, it is an exciting time for Macaulay students to join the College,” said President Travis.

“We are delighted to welcome John Jay as our eighth CUNY campus,” said Dean Ann Kirschner.  “Macaulay students are already known for academic achievement as well their commitment to addressing the challenges facing our city and our nation.  As we enter our second decade, the addition of John Jay will expand our student body and will also complement Macaulay options for curriculum, faculty, and resources.”

Prospective Macaulay Honors College students at John Jay will be chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic skills. They will be rewarded for their hard work and achievements with a complete package of financial benefits, including:

  • Full undergraduate tuition scholarship for four years of study*
  • Laptop computer
  • $7,500 to pursue global research, service, and internships
  • Cultural Passport that provides access to a host of New York’s cultural institutions and resources, unique internships and study abroad opportunities

Macaulay's academic program begins with four interdisciplinary seminars in the freshman and sophomore years and extends to upper-level courses.  These interdisciplinary seminars focus on special aspects of New York City and combine rich experiential learning opportunities with traditional academic studies.  The seminars include "The Arts in New York City," "The Peopling of New York," "Science and Technology in New York City," and "New York in the 21st Century."  Dynamic faculty mentoring, spirited intellectual community and individual academic advisement are hallmarks of the Macaulay experience at John Jay.

For more information about applying to the Macaulay Honor College at John Jay, visit

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for the best and brightest students, who come from all parts of New York and around the world. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island).

Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures.

*Students must meet CUNY NYS residency requirements for in state tuition to receive the full tuition scholarship

Press Contacts:

Grace Rapkin
Macaulay Honors College

Doreen Viñas-Pineda
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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