Njit Application Essay

We encourage applicants to submit their completed application, including supplemental materials, as early as possible to allow sufficient time for application processing.  NJIT employs rolling admissions, so your application will be evaluated once your application is complete.

The following application deadlines have been established for the upcoming terms:

PhDDecember 15October 15
Master's - InternationalMay 1November 15
Master's - DomesticJune 1November 15
Master's - Online ProgramsAugust 1November 15

Applications submitted after the stated deadlines will be considered on a space available basis.

PhD Applicants
Students who apply and submit all supplemental materials will be given priority consideration for funding. Applications complete and/or submitted after the stated deadlines will be considered should funding and/or space be available.

International Applicants
It is recommended that international students begin the application process six months prior to the start of the semester to allow sufficient time for processing international credentials and applying for a student visa.

Writing an Honors College Essay

A college essay is a chance for you to tell us what all your records cannot: who you really are, how you think, and how well you write. It is not an invitation to tell a story, write a novel, or write about other people's experiences. The main point of your essay is to tell us what you have to offer and how you will take advantage of what we have to offer.

  1. Write an essay that addresses the topic specified on the application form. A general essay about yourself or an experience you had is not acceptable.
  2. Do not write your essay as if it were a novel. "The baby cried until it had to be comforted by its mother;" "I could not believe as I walked into my first class that this was the beginning of my engineering career." These tell us nothing about yourself. Regardless of what you may have been told in school, write a straightforward descriptive essay that directly addresses the question asked.
  3. Avoid clichéd, generic, and predictable writing, such as "I want to help people." This is particularly applicable to essays for accelerated program candidates.
  4. Do not quote our own description of our program. We know what we have to offer; we are interested in knowing what you have to offer and how you will use what we offer. Tell us about your interests and why the Albert Dorman Honors College is the right place for you.

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