- What exactly is the University Honors Program ?
The University Honors Program (UHP) offers academically motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves and graduate with University Honors. If enrolled in the program, students are offered Honors level classes, undergraduate research, regional and national conference participation, and service learning opportunities that they may not otherwise have.
- How do I know if I am eligible to join the UHP ?
Anyone who meets the official criteria listed below will be automatically enrolled:
- Top 10% of high school class and an ACT score of 24 or greater...OR
- Top 25% of high school class and an ACT score of 28 or greater...OR
- Highly recommended with letters of nomination by high school counselor and at least one instructor
- Do I need to apply to the UHP?
If you meet the criteria above, you will be automatically entered into the UW-Whitewater University Honors Program during your application process to UW-Whitewater. If you do not meet these requirements, you are encouraged to apply. The application can be found on our website under the resources tab. Admittance is determined by the Director on a case by case basis.
- How do I get to the UHP Office?
The UHP is based in the Student Success Center in the Anderson Library, 2115. Enter through the main library entrance and the office is almost directly across from the circulation desk.
- What are honors courses like?
The courses may or may not be more difficult than a normal UW-Whitewater class. Many times, the difference between an Honors Course and a standard one is in the way they are taught. Usually, faculty within the Honors curriculum, engage the class in more discussion and allow the students to take the class in a different direction than the normal curriculum.
- What is an H-Option?
An H-Option is a formal contract between an Honors student and professor, which allows the student to receive honors credit 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 recieve Honors credits upon completion of the H-Option. More information about H-Options can be found here.
What kind of requirements are there in to stay in the program?
To remain in UHP past freshman year, you must participate in a commitment interview with the Honors Director and more experienced Honors students, early in your 2nd semester. This interview will help us explain the program in more depth and allow you to share ideas about how you want to continue to engage in the program and develop as an Honors student.
To remain in the University Honors Program, students are required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 while at UW-Whitewater. In order to graduate with University Honors, a student must earn 21 honors credits.