The General Honors Program generally invites selected high school seniors who possess a 3.5 GPA or better on a 4.00 grading system with combined SAT (combination of critical reading and math scores) of 1350 or higher, who apply to the school prior to the due date of December 1. Selections are then ranked on the common application materials.
Successful candidates are typically notified in February, prior to the deadline for college decision.
Honors program students can request to be housed together on one floor of a Cook Campus dorm, should they so choose.
The first semester is "probationary." Students whose first-term grade-point averages fall below the General Honors Program criterion (3.400 or above—the college's "Dean's List") are either put on honors-program probation or dropped from the program.
Students who transfer into SEBS from another honors program at a Rutgers University college may apply to join the honors program as first-semester sophomores, undertaking the sophomore Honors Tutorials (1 credit each term) and spring Honors Seminar.
The program does not accept students who transfer from outside Rutgers University. However, these students may begin the college's senior honors thesis program (The George H. Cook Scholars Program—normally undertaken by General Honors Program students) in the second semester of their junior year.