“Brookdale was the perfect fit for me academically and athletically,” said Brookdale alumna Katrina Hand. “I was able to be a part of the Honors Program as well as the volleyball and softball teams. Choosing Brookdale was so important because it allowed me to save money, get an associate degree, and take classes that would eventually transfer to a four-year school. The Honors Program was a great way to take more challenging courses and study with a small cohort.”

If you are a student who has earned a 3.5 or above grade point average in high school and want to go to a competitive four-year college or university, you can get your start at Brookdale. Honors at Brookdale prepares students for transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities. Dynamic pathways have been established for students to continue their education with institutions as Amherst College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Syracuse University, University of Massachusetts, and many others. There are guaranteed transfer agreements with Drew University, NJ Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, East Stroudsburg University, Monmouth University, and Georgian Court University to just name a few.

In a recent articulation agreement signing with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Kate Foster, President of TCNJ said “We are confident that Brookdale prepares its Honors students to succeed at highly selective institutions such as The College of New Jersey, and we absolutely pledge to continue your education to become the leaders of tomorrow”

Recent Honors graduate Veronique Manfredini was named a 2020 Oberndorf Scholar by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). She is one of seven students internationally to earn the honor and receive a $1,000 scholarship. Veronique, currently a student at Columbia University, said “After hundreds of opportunities, awards, and positions at Brookdale, here I am, walking into my first year at Columbia excited about the future even with classes being online.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

“Honors students, that come to Brookdale get such a great start which helps launch their education from here to anywhere,” said Dr. David Stout, President of Brookdale Community College.

Katrina, is currently working on air quality projects for the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She said “I will be graduating from Florida Tech with a Bachelor’s in Meteorology and I will be assistant coaching Brookdale’s Volleyball Team. I am so glad I get to come back, and I hope that the new student-athletes will enjoy their time here as much as I have.”

For spring, and fall semester enrollment event information, please go to https://www.brookdalecc.edu/admissions/getting-started/. There will be a virtual information session on March 10th at 6:00 pm to answer questions about Honors at Brookdale.