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Special Academic Programs

Honor’s Programs: Hunter College provides a range of honors programs for students with strong academic records and the desire for stimulating courses and a host of special opportunities

Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College

Graduating high school seniors and others who have not yet attended college may apply to the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. The mission of this highly competitive program is to inspire and prepare outstanding leaders to confront and solve the social, economic, cultural, and scientific challenges of New York City and the world. Accepted students take a series of interdisciplinary seminars focused on New York City, and work closely with Honors Advisors inorder to learn about and access the diverse resources of CUNY. Generous financial support is provided, allowing students to concentrate on their studies and carefully selected co-curricular activities. For further information, call the Macaulay Honors College office at (212) 650-3556 or see the website:

Thomas Hunter Honors Program (Special Honors Curriculum)

This program provides superior students who are pursuing a Hunter BA degree with a course of study suited to their individual needs and interests. Open to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in interdisciplinary studies and who desire to be intellectually challenged, it offers the opportunity to design a personalized curriculum under the supervision of the Council on Honors. The program also offers its participants the chance to study with faculty members committed to working with outstanding undergraduates who wish to pursue interdisciplinary studies. For details, see the Thomas Hunter Honors Program.

Undergraduate Research

Hunter College is committed to supporting undergraduates who are interested in participating in research. The Office of the Provost coordinates several initiatives to support undergraduate research including: the Undergraduate Research Initiatve which supports student-faculty research collaborations; an annual Undergraduate Research Conference that recognizes and celebrates student-faculty research; and Presidential funding initiatives for summer and semester-long research experiences within and outside Hunter. Hunter faculty strive to expose and socialize students to the broader research community by taking them to scientific meetings and co-authoring publications in peer-reviewed journals, activities that foster the development of future scientific leaders.

Hunter currently has several large institutional grants that provide unique educational opportunities for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in research, particularly members of racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, women, those who are the first generation of their family to attend college, veterans, and students with demonstrated financial need. These programs offer students critical resources such as mentors, professional development workshops, tuition coverage, stipends, and much more to help them succeed as they pursue their undergraduate degree – and prepare them for graduate study and careers in research, teaching or the health professions. A list of current programs follows:

BP-ENDURE  (Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Education)

The BP-ENDURE program is designed to encourage and prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to enter into and succeed in PhD programs in the neurosciences.  The BP-ENDURE program, administered through Hunter College, is conducted in partnership with New York University, Brown University, University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt University to expose BP-ENDURE-trainees to a research-intensive curriculum and an environment of active research. During the academic year students will work with a research mentor at Hunter or NYU and during the summer in one of the partnering institutions. The BP-ENDURE program selects students from both Hunter College and NYU to participate. Hunter students will receive funding in the form of tuition remission and a stipend during the academic year and will also receive summer funding. For more information, please visit

MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers)

The MARC program trains talented students in biomedical research and encourages them to pursue PhDs in this field. Students are offered a short introductory course in biomedical research, the opportunity to participate in faculty research, and the opportunity to present at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. For additional information, please visit

MBRS-RISE (Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)

The MBRS-RISE program offers research experience and academic and financial support for undergraduate and graduate students at Hunter. For additional information visit

McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program program prepares eligible undergraduates for doctoral studies through involvement in research and scholarly activity. Participants acquire the skills and knowledge required for admission to graduate school and the successful completion of graduate studies.  For additional information, please visit

McNulty Scholars Program

At the core of the McNulty Scholars (John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math) program is the determination to create challenging learning environments that will inspire ambitious young women to reach the top ranks of science and math professions. The McNulty Scholars program aims to encourage students who are motivated in science and math to aspire to leadership positions across industry and academia. For more information please contact Latifa Fletcher at

Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

The Mellon Foundation’s original purpose for establishing the MMUF Program has been to rectify the problem of the underrepresentation of Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans in the faculties of this country’s colleges and universities. Involvement in the program means one-on-one mentoring with a Hunter faculty member, collaborating with a mentor in research projects and teaching, and curriculum development, attending professional conferences, and having opportunities to study or conduct research either at other universities in the United States or in international settings abroad during the academic year or the summer months. The hope is that such an experience will give students an enjoyment in a field of study and an advanced working knowledge about graduate programs and the academic profession, all of which will encourage them to pursue and obtain a PhD and enter one of this nation’s colleges or universities as faculty members. For more information please visit

The Mellon Public Humanities Project

Public humanities is an evolving interdisciplinary field and set of practices that draw on humanistic modes of inquiry to address pressing concern in the public sphere and open new areas of civic engagement. The Mellon Public Humanities Project seeks to promote research on pubic good them and to help talented, ambitious students develop their skills in preparation for graduate school and other career aspiration.Students are paired with a research mentor in the Humanities. For more information please visit Mellon Public Humanities Project.

Hunter-Stanford Summer Research Program

This program supports and prepares advanced undergraduate students who are considering graduate school for doctoral research in the Humanities. Students spend 8 weeks paired with a Stanford faculty member working on individually designed research projects. Also students enroll in a GRE preparation course and participate in a seminar on the graduate application process. Additional information to be posted soon.

Honors Scholar Programs

140 North Building
(212) 396-6888

Hunter College provides scholarships, support, and enrichment activities through academically themed cohort programs for incoming freshmen who demonstrate high academic achievement and potential. Programs offer 4-year renewable scholarships, dedicated advisors and faculty and/or peer mentors, priority registration, priority access to residential housing, and an enriching academic experience through first-year seminar, common readings, and special co-curricular programming. There are six cohort programs:

Cohort Programs

Muse             Visual and Performing Arts
Yalow            Scientific Research and Medicine
Roosevelt      Civic Issues and Public Policy
Nursing          Leadership in the Field of Nursing
Athena           Philosophy and the Liberal Arts
Daedalus       Computer Science

The Office of Scholar Programs also houses Jenny Hunter and Janovic Scholars.