Frequently Asked Questions

Please let the Director (Elizabeth Kim) know if you have suggestions for additional FAQs that should be included on this page. In addition, if you have any concerns, complaints, and/or suggestions about the program in general, please click on the following link:  Concerns, Complaints, & Suggestions

The University Honors Program (UHP) offers academically motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves and graduate with University Honors. Students participate in Honors-level coursework and may participate in additional enrichment opportunities such as the Honors Advantage Learning Community, field trips, service learning opportunities, and the Honors Student Association. They may also apply to attend honors conferences and compete for honors-only awards and scholarships.


Entering first-year students who meet the official criteria listed below will be automatically enrolled during their application process to UW-Whitewater if:

  • They are in the top 10% of their high school class AND have earned an ACT composite score of 24
  • They are in the top 25% of your high school class AND have earned an ACT composite score of 28
  • They meet a class rank OR ACT score requirement AND have a strong letter of recommendation from a teacher

Students who are already enrolled at UW-W and incoming transfer students may apply for admission into the Honors Program if their cumulative GPA at UW-Whitewater is at least 3.4 and if they have earned at least 12 credits. Admittance is determined by the Honors Director on a case-by-case basis.


The UHP is located in the Student Success Center in the Anderson Library, 2115. Enter through the main library entrance; the office is directly across from the circulation desk.


Honors courses are designed to be more academically challenging and enriching than non-Honors courses. They provide opportunities for more discussion as well as more independent and creative work.


An H-Option is a formal contract between an Honors student and professor. It allows the student to receive honors credit(s) in a course that does not have an honors designation. The H-Option requires the student to work with the professor to design and implement an honors curriculum that goes above and beyond the regular course requirements. Students will receive honors credits upon successful completion of the H-Option with a course grade of "B" or higher. To learn more, see The Guidelines for H-Option ProjectsSample H-Option Projects for 100/200 Courses, and Sample H-Option Projects for 300/400 Courses.


To remain in the University Honors Program, students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4. In order to graduate with University Honors, a student must earn 21 Honors credits. Beginning with first-year students who entered the UHP in Fall 2015, at least 6 of the 21 Honors credits must be undertaken at the 300 or 400 level (by way of Honors courses/sections or H-Option contracts). While Honors students who are in their second, third, or fourth year in the program in Fall 2015 are encouraged to undertake Honors credits in 300 or 400 level courses, they are exempt from this distribution requirement.


  • More personalized and enriching academic experience
    • Smaller class sizes in Honors courses
    • Faculty mentoring with Honors-Option Projects
    • Honors 498 courses (1 credit, graded S/NC) to pursue culturally and intellectually compelling (and often timely) topics
    • Experiential learning through field trips and Honors conference participation
  • Honors Scholarship Opportunities
    • Study Abroad Awards ($1000)
    • Exemplary Honors Awards for Sophomores ($500)
    • Exemplary Honors Award for Juniors ($750)
    • Exemplary Honors Award for Seniors ($1000)
    • Fritschler Honors Senior Award ($500)
    • Olsen Honors Senior Award ($500)
  • Competitive Edge
    • Resume builder
    • An Advantage in graduate and professional school applications
    • Stronger letters of recommendation
    • Priority Registration
  • Community