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Honors and Special Programs

No matter what type of student you are — whether you are academically talented or in need of a little extra guidance to navigate college life, already focused on the type of education and career you want or wide open to new and unexplored opportunities — Brooklyn College offers a range of special programs to suit your needs and interests.

The premier honors program for CUNY's senior colleges — the Macaulay Honors College — provides superior educational opportunities, advisement and financial support to New York's top students. High-achieving students with outstanding leadership potential who are accepted into the program receive a full-tuition merit scholarship, a free laptop, and abundant options for internships, international education and interdisciplinary seminars.

If you are eager, imaginative, flexible in your interests and have a strong academic record, we invite you to apply to our Honors Academy, which houses five distinctive programs, including engineering and pre-med. The Honors Academy will develop your potential for lifelong learning — and tremendous accomplishment in your future career —  in a collaborative community of academically gifted students. In addition to the superior education you will receive, you'll enjoy a wide range of benefits, including individual academic and graduate advisement, career counseling, priority registration, assistance with scholarship opportunities, and access to all of the academy's facilities, which boast a commons area, study room and networked computer stations.

The B.A.-M.D. Program is one of the most prestigious programs in Brooklyn College. It is a part of the Honors Academy, which also includes the Scholars Program and Engineering Honors. The program is more than 40 years old. It has the advantage of permitting its students to choose any major and actually encourages them to major in the humanities or social sciences. B.A.-M.D. students are not isolated as a group; they take classes with the general population at the college. They are also encouraged to participate in the activities available on-campus. The partnership with SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine is very strong, and we are proud to be able to offer our students a seat in the medical school once they successfully complete the undergraduate portion of the program at Brooklyn College.

In addition to the Honors Academy, we offer many other special programs and opportunities. Our international education program can extend your studies to anywhere in the world, from Argentina to China to Israel. You can explore the legal and health arenas through our pre-law and pre-health programs. Or you can join CASE, an initiative that brings together a number of science-related programs in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented, economically disadvantaged and first-generation students who seek advanced degrees in science.

First-semester students are welcomed into our First College Year program, in which a cluster of two or three linked courses make it easy for you to acclimate yourself to Brooklyn College, meet new friends, form study groups, and prepare for exams. And our Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program is open to students entering college for the first time who need additional assistance in the form of academic and financial counseling, tutoring or extra classes.

And if you're still in high school but can't wait to get a taste of life at Brooklyn College, we have a wide variety of special programs just for you.