2017 Summer Institute Newark, NJ

Summer Institute 2017 at Rutgers Newark



Established in 2015, the Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) is an innovative Rutgers University–Newark initiative that is revolutionizing honors, cultivating talent, and engaging communities. The HLLC is redefining the notion of "honors" by creating intergenerational and interdisciplinary learning communities comprised of students, faculty, and community partners focused on tackling some of the nation's most pressing social issues. Dynamic students are selected to join a living-learning community and intergenerational network across all intersections of identity focused on cultivating knowledge, fostering understanding across and within groups, and activating social, institutional, and cultural change.


The HLLC is a transformational college access program that is broadening pathways to college for promising local talent and reimagining the academy. The HLLC endeavors to increase access to higher education for academically promising, talented, and civic-minded individuals, some of whom may be overlooked by relying solely on standard academic indicators for college success. Utilizing a holistic admissions rubric, the HLLC identifies exceptional first-year students and community college transfers from Newark and Greater Newark, while also extending its reach to other national and international regions.

A State-of-the-Art Facility

Our vision is to create a state-of-the-art facility with dining, recreational, and academic spaces that will host upwards of 400 talented undergraduate students. This facility is currently under construction with plans to open its doors in August 2018.

The HLLC Scholars

The HLLC cohorts include students who enroll in postsecondary education immediately following high school graduation, GED recipients, and transfer students who hold associate's degrees from community colleges. Examples of HLLC students include, but are not limited to the following:

  • High school graduates
  • First-generation college students
  • Transfer students
  • Veterans
  • Older students
  • General Education Development (GED) recipients
  • Student parents
  • Financially independent students