Independent from its parent institution since 2001, the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY rewards exceptional accomplishment on the part of a very select portion of high school seniors each year: each gets a full-tuition scholarship, laptop computer and cultural passport. No wonder applications have tripled since its founding! While undergraduates can choose traditional majors like chemistry and pre-law, every curriculum also includes four interdisciplinary seminars that delve deep into such topics as “The Peopling of New York City” and “Science Forward.” To help them use the laptop to its maximum potential, MHC-CUNY pairs each incoming freshman with an Instructional Technology Fellow (a doctoral student particularly familiar with the use of technology in research.) The college also serves as host for plenty of cultural events on-campus, such as the Macaulay Author Series and symposia about immigration and other impactful topics. And while they may achieve a lot, don’t think that the eggheads here don’t know how to have fun, too: tons of student organizations include a chess club, the brand-new Roosevelt Institute (which promotes political activism and engagement) and even a Quidditch team! Macaulay Honors College truly provides a uniquely powerful and rigorous academic experience.