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Castle Scholars Honors Program


The Castle Scholars Honors Program, The Honors Program of Manhattanville College


The Castle Scholars Honors Program offers students of exceptional ability a broader and more intensive program of study than the usual college curriculum. It provides motivated students in any major field with challenging, cross-disciplinary courses that encourage their academic and personal growth. Participation in the Castle Scholars Program encourages intellectual exchange among students and faculty and fosters independent initiative in academic and creative realms. Castle Scholars are well-prepared for success in graduate and professional schools, as well as in the professional world.

Honors seminars are the core of our program. Manhattanville’s most engaging faculty offer innovative and often interdisciplinary seminars that are limited to 15 students, a format that ensures in-depth discussion and exploration of the subject matter. In addition, many of our seminars incorporate experiential learning through trips into New York City and other sites in the region. These classes provide high-achieving students with the opportunity to explore areas within and without their intended major, and all of them will fulfill some of Manhattanville College’s General Education Requirements.

Admission to the Castle Scholars Honors Program

There are two ways for students to gain admission to the Honors program:

  • Incoming first year students who have been granted the Chairman's Scholarship can indicate their interest in joining the program on the questionnaire that you fill out to choose your orientation date. This is called the Orientation RSVP and Course Preference form. 
    • For Fall 2015 admissions, priority consideration will be given to those students who complete the form by June 1, 2015. (Please note that your Chairman's Scholarship is merit-based and will remain the same whether you are accepted into the Castle Scholars Honors Program or not.) 
    • Following a review of their application materials, the Castle Scholars Honors Program Committee will then invite selected students to join the program. Accepted students will be placed in a First Year Program seminar comprised of incoming Castle Scholars students. 
  • Continuing and transfer students who have earned a 3.6 or higher after completing two semesters are eligible to submit an application to the program. Applications are accepted once each semester. Dates will be posted here and will be emailed to all undergraduates. 
    • Fall 2014 applications should be emailed to Elizabeth Cherry, Director of the Castle Scholars Honors Program, by 5pm on Friday, September 5th. 
    • Transfer students who have completed honors courses at other colleges should consult with the Director for credit towards the Castle Scholars Honors program. 

Castle Scholars in good standing* are accorded the following privileges:
  • Priority registration privileges (early registration to ensure optimal course selection)
  • Permission to register for up to 21 credits per semester without financial penalty
  • Participation in on-campus Castle Scholars social events, including regular dinners with the College President 
  • Contribution to the intellectual and social life of the college through the organization of college-wide events, such as Human Rights Awareness Day and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Fair
  • Participation in Castle Scholars field trips to New York City and beyond
  • Mentoring by the Castle Scholars Director and Faculty Committee members
  • Recognition at college-wide awards ceremonies
  • Recognition of successful completion of the program on college transcripts and on all printed graduation materials

*Any student who does not maintain a 3.6 cumulative gpa will be placed on a one-semester probation in the Castle Scholars Honors Program. If, after that semester, the student's cumulative gpa does not exceed 3.6, they will be removed from the program. 

Honors Committee Members 2014-2015

Faculty: Elizabeth Cherry, Meghan Freeman, Diane Gomez, Colin Morris

David Nielsen '16, Cate Sandstrom '16

Contact Information:
Professor Elizabeth Cherry
Director, Castle Scholars Program