Honors at Atlantic Cape

Mission Statement

Honors at Atlantic Cape provides an enriched academic experience to a select group of highly motivated students. Through a curriculum of Honors General Education courses that emphasize global awareness, cultural experiences, and local engagement, Atlantic Cape Honors students are challenged to connect their studies to the world beyond the campus. By fostering collaborative learning and intellectual inquiry, Honors at Atlantic Cape prepares students for transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities, as well as for citizenship in our 21st century world.

Fall 2018 Honors Classes

  • HONORS Intro to Literature ENGL-104-MD03H R. Russell 08:00 A.M. 9:15 A.M. TR
  • HONORS Public Speaking COMM-120-MD06H E. Russell 09:30 A.M. 10:45 A.M. TR
  • HONORS Calculus I MATH-155-MD02H Shelton 2:00 P.M. 3:50 P.M. MW
  • HONORS Composition I ENGL-101-MD15H S Natale 11:00 A.M. 12:15 P.M. TR
  • HONORS Statistics MATH-220-MD02H Leacott 10:00 A.M. 11:50 A.M. MW
  • HONORS World Religions RELG-110-MD02H Nigro 11:00 A.M. 12:15 P.M. TR

Entering students: placement into Honors classes

Students who meet the following placement scores may enroll in Honors classes their first semester.  Contact russell@atlantic.edu for more information on Honors. 

Current ACCUPLACER/PARCC/SAT/ACT - Testing Placement Criteria 2018


  • College Level English Placement (ENG101)= score of 6 on WritePlacer (writing section of ACCUPLACER) or score of 5 on WritePlacer with a score of 95 on Reading Comprehension section and a minimum score of 51 on sentence skills
  • College Level Math Placement (e.g. MAT122, MAT150, MAT 121, MAT 220) = score of 76 on Elementary Algebra section of ACCUPLACER.
  • If score 63-75 on Elementary Algebra section with score of 14 or higher on the Decision Zone Math Test* (in-house instrument developed to align with ACCUPLACER) = College Level Math Placement

Students are allowed one ACCUPLACER re-test after 30 days (fee is $15)

Note: 2012 NJ Presidents approved utilization of “decision zones” to increase flexibility of placement decisions.


  • College Level English Placement= score of 4 or 5 on Grade 11 - English Language Arts/Literacy section
  • College Level Math Placement= score of 4 or 5 on Algebra II Test


  • College Level English Placement= score of 450 for Evidence Based Reading & Writing section of new revised SAT (beginning March 2016)
  • College Level Math Placement= score of 530 for Math section of new revised SAT (beginning March 2016)


  • College Level English Placement= score of 18 on English section with score of 22 on Reading section
  • College Level Math Placement= score of 22 on Math section

Current Student Application

Apply to the Honors Program today!

Honors at Atlantic Cape

The Honors Program is designed for students who excel academically and who want to work more intensely in a small class environment with full-time faculty who are accomplished experts in their field. Honors courses do not require more work; the purpose of an Honors course is to offer high achieving students the opportunity to participate in engaging and creative learning environments that extend beyond those of the regular classroom. The Honors curriculum will consist of special sections of general education courses as well as specialized transfer courses. No additional cost is associated with Honors courses. The Honors Program is a part of the Student Success initiative. Honors prepares students to transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities. The benefits of the Honors Program are:

  • Small class size
  • Full-time faculty who are experts in their field
  • Recognition by transfer to four-year institutions
  • Advising by full-time faculty
  • Opportunity to enroll in two of Atlantic Cape's national honor societies: PTK and SKD
  • Resume builders for scholarships, transfer and career
  • Honors designation on transcript
  • Honors Spring luncheon hosted by Rutgers University

For More Information Contact:

Professor Effie Russell/Honors Coordinator

Honors Societies

Two national Honor Societies have chapters at Atlantic Cape: Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta. For membership information contact Holly Schultheis (PTK) at HSchulth@atlantic.edu or Vickie Melograno (SKD) at VMelogra@atlantic.edu.

Honors Advisory Board

  • Barbara Heard
  • Beth Sanders
  • Bojan Zilovic
  • Caesar Niglio
  • Effie Russell
  • Eric Stewart
  • Heather Boone
  • Heather Peterson
  • Janet Marler
  • John Heenan
  • Judith Otterburn-Martinez
  • Laurie Lemons
  • Leila Crawford
  • Lydia Lehr
  • Marilyn Keiner
  • Regina VanEpps
  • Richard Russell
  • Stephanie Natale

Resources for Faculty

Honors Course Design

Often when high school honors students first consider a college or university Honors education, they may feel some reluctance to take on what they believe will be extra work or little more than an accelerated version of an already-fast-paced college education.

But college Honors is not designed to be about more work or harder work. It is truly student-centered education. It is meant to provide students with an education that helps them develop their own ideas rather than simply having them feed back information. It is about discussing issues and encouraging innovation in an atmosphere of open exchange, where students' views are respected. Honors programs emphasize diverse perspectives, interdisciplinary course work, small classes, and greater interaction between students and professors. Honors education is about learning to think clearly, to write well, to argue thoughtfully. It is about developing the student's fullest intellectual potential.

Finally, students should bear in mind that the majority of their courses in college will not be Honors courses. They will be courses in their major or free electives.

Honors Course Simplified

To keep this simple the definition to faculty is the one described by the Honors Coordinator at Mercer. Honors is a traditional course plus an "H-Factor."

Usually that means that Honors students read more primary texts and are evaluated by writing and projects rather than scantron tests. The class is also not conducted by lecture.

National Collegiate Honors Council Website


Honors Teaching Faculty

  • HonorsGOVT110
    Dr. Augustine Nigro
  • HonorsENGL102
    Prof. Richard Russell
  • HonorsENGL101
    Prof. Leila Crawford
  • HonorsCOMM120
    Dr. Joy Jones
  • HonorsSOCL101
    Prof. Heather Boone
  • HonorsMATH 220
    Prof. Amy Shelton
  • HonorsBUSN 222
    Prof. Donna Vassallo