Applicants to Macaulay are then considered for acceptance to the undergraduate degree program at the CUNY campus designated on their applications.According to a recent release of facts and figures, applications to Macaulay Honors College have increased exponentially since its founding in 2001.However, support for existing honors programs at CUNY colleges amidst institutional opposition resulted in its launch in 2001 as CUNY Honors College in collaboration with a number of CUNY's senior colleges.
It is the largest single donation in the history of CUNY and helped finance the purchase of a landmark building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that has become the permanent home of Macaulay Honors College, and will add support to its endowment.
A new governance plan, approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees in late April 2010, provided Macaulay Honors College with degree-granting authority through CUNY's Graduate Center.
The founding dean of Macaulay Honors College is Dr.
Laura Schor, Professor of History at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, received her Ph D in Modern European History at the University of Rochester in 1974. Ann Kirschner, a graduate of SUNY Buffalo, UVA, and Princeton University, was appointed Dean of Macaulay Honors College.
Macaulay was first conceived by Matthew Goldstein as an independent institution within the City University of New York.
The aim of its creation was to increase educational standards and foster university-wide collaboration and excellence.Later on, Lehman College, College of Staten Island, and John Jay College were added.Commonly known as Macaulay Honors College University Scholars Program, its first class graduated in 2005.Macaulay does not accept transfer students or applicants applying for mid-term entry.The college advises applicants to research the eight CUNY senior colleges which participate in Macaulay prior to submitting an application, which is available online.For the admitted freshmen class of 2020, the average high school GPA was 94.1 and average SAT score (combined math and verbal) was 1414.Around 6,300 students apply, and approximately 500 enroll.Located at 35 West 67th Street, Macaulay Honors College is half a block from Central Park and three blocks from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan's Upper West Side.The building is accessible by Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus (via the M10, M20, M66 and M104) or subway (via the Inside, the ground floor houses a commons area replete with a stage for student concerts, readings, guest lectures, and other events.Renovations are now complete and the building is in use by the students and staff of Macaulay Honors College.Most Macaulay alumni go on to pursue careers in major New York firms, such as BBC Worldwide Americas, Bloomberg, Google, and more.