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Special Academic Opportunities


The University Honors Program is based on the conviction that students should be given the opportunity to develop their intellectual abilities to the fullest extent possible. Those who come to the University with special academic talents and/or extensive backgrounds in specific disciplines are, through the University Honors Program, provided with instructional options designed to challenge their abilities and allow them to more fully realize their intellectual potential.

Through enrollment in honors courses and entry into individualized honors work, students are able to explore subject matter areas in greater depth than would otherwise be possible. For those who come to the University seeking the maximum return for their educational investment, the University Honors Program offers an excellent means of matching interests and skills with University expertise. The end results can be both personally and professionally rewarding.

Students active in the Honors Program are afforded opportunities to participate in study abroad programs, undergraduate research, and a variety of social and cultural activities which will augment their formal educational experience. Field trips, participation in undergraduate research, the Upper Midwest Honors Council and National Collegiate Honors Council, and social interaction with other talented and motivated students combine to provide the University Honors Program participant with opportunities for enriching experiences beyond the laboratory or classroom setting. Entering freshmen eligible for honors courses and continuing students in good standing in the program are extended registration preference in recognition of their exceptional academic achievement.

In addition to the enhanced educational opportunities presented by the University Honors Program, students who successfully meet all specified requirements are privileged to graduate with a University Honors designation. This achievement is both personally gratifying and of importance as students seek professional employment or admission to graduate schools.

University Honors Program students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or better and complete honors courses and/or honors option work .

Students will be recognized as University Honors Program Scholars upon the completion of either Honors in General Studies or Honors in the Major. Students may complete either or both tracks.

A. Honors in General Studies (21 Honors Credits)

Core Curriculum:

FallENGLISH 105, GENED 140 or 120, GENED 110
SpringGENED 130, SPEECH 424
Fall and SpringCOMM 110, GENED 390

Core substitution using Honors Option (up to 6 credit replacement limit and/or other listed below)

Other Credit: New student seminar, undergraduate research, travel study, service learning, independent study

B. College and Departmental Honors (department requirements will vary)

Core Curriculum:

Course sequence of at least 9 credits

Specifically designed honors sequence or

Honors Option linked to courses

Capstone experience

Senior Honors Day presentation capstone project

University Honors Program students should not go two consecutive terms without completing an honors course or an H-option contract. All University Honors Program requirements and regulations must be met and adhered to throughout the time of enrollment.


Entering freshman students are eligible to become members of the University Honors Program if they meet these criteria:

  1. Graduated in the top 10% of their high school class AND attained an ACT composite score of 24 or greater.
  2. OR

  3. Graduated in the top 25% of their high school class AND attained an ACT score of 28 or greater.
  4. OR

  5. Highly recommended with letters of nomination by high school counselor and at least one teacher.

Information and application forms may be obtained from the University Honors Program Center at Andersen Library or at uww.edu/honors/


Learning communities are groups of students that opt to learn together with peers around a common theme. This program provides students with the opportunity to explore an interest integrated across multiple courses usually from the core curriculum. Many learning communities center upon potential majors, allowing freshman students to explore their interest toward the program of study. In addition, many communities live together on a common floor in a residence hall. Students may also participate in interest groups that do not include a residential component or may participate as commuter students. Learning communities are lead by faculty and staff coordinators. The list of opportunities changes annually. Students may sign up at http://www.uww.edu/learning-community/.


The Undergraduate Research Program offers students the chance to excel in scholarly and creative enterprises outside of the classroom. Student researchers have the opportunity to advance their research skills by working closely with professors in their research or designing their own research projects, becoming actively involved in creating new knowledge in their disciplines. Whether the research problem is artistic, social, political, scientific or applied, student researchers choose the tools, gather the data, and present their analysis. UW-Whitewater has a national reputation in undergraduate research, with terrific student researchers and a commitment to providing them with first-rate opportunities. In particular, the university provides grants for research projects and funding to attend conferences to present research.


The Center for Global Education provides advisement and assistance to students who are interested in pursuing an international education experience abroad (semester-long study abroad or exchange programs, short-term travel study programs and student teaching abroad).

UW-Whitewater provides many study abroad options that are designed to meet students’ diverse academic and personal needs. Programs vary in location, length, level, academic focus, language requirements, and cost. Each program consists of academic study with an appropriate cross-cultural learning experience in a foreign country. Both financial aid (need-based) and scholarships (merit-based) are available for many programs.

UW-Whitewater has exchange program relationships with universities in the following countries: Australia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.

In addition to the above, a variety of short-term travel study course options are offered each year. Travel study courses involve combined academic study and travel in various countries. Students typically travel from ten to twenty-one days. Future teachers may also complete up to half of their student teaching experience abroad in Australia, Jamaica, Mexico, or Sweden.

Prior to participation in study abroad programs, it is important that students contact the Admissions Office Transfer Credit Advisor regarding the transferability and applicability of credit earned abroad. According to University of Wisconsin System policy, coursework from accredited international universities and study abroad programs offered at or via accredited United States post-secondary institutions may be accepted as transfer credit, provided that credit transfer determination is made prior to the study abroad experience. No transfer credit units will be granted on the basis of a transcript furnished by a commercial study tour. No transfer credit units will be granted to students who fail to study abroad via the established and approved UW-W Study Abroad guidelines. All study abroad participation plans must be approved in advance and prior to departure for the experience abroad. For more information about study abroad options and program requirements, please contact the Center for Global Education, Suite 1227, Hyland Hall, Tel. (262) 472-5759, or via the web at www.uww.edu/international.


The Youth Options Program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at UW-Whitewater on a space-available basis. Interested students must fill out a Program Plan and Report Form (PI-8700A) to notify the school board of the intent to participate in the program. Students must also complete a UW System On-line Application for admission and submit high school transcripts. After being accepted, students will be notified about course advising and registration. The Admissions Office must receive all application materials by July 1 for the Fall term and December 1 for the Spring term. For more detailed information concerning admission into the Youth Options Program, see the Admission Information section.


The Registrar’s Office is the certifying office for Federal and State veterans’ benefits at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (262-472-1580). The DVA has a toll free number (1-888-442-4551) and an e-mail address (stlrpo@vba.va.gov) available for individual inquiries. In addition, County Veterans Offices are available for assistance at each county seat.

Students should direct questions concerning Federal and State veterans’ educational benefits to the Veterans’ Office in the Registrar’s Office or visit the office web page at www.uww.edu/registrar/vets/. Students must meet with the Veterans’ Coordinator to set up their benefits program and should be sure to bring along their discharge certificate (DD214) and any other pertinent paperwork.

Full Time 12 9+
3/4 Time 9-11 5-8
1/2 Time 6-8 4
1/4 Time 1-3 3

3/4 = Three-quarters (75%) of full time benefits payable on a monthly basis.

1/2 = One-half (50%) of full time benefits payable on a monthly basis; tuition and fees only for certain chapters.

<1/2 = Less than one-half time; tuition & fees only

*8-week courses will affect the training times above.

Students must be enrolled more than half-time and enrolled in at least one in-residence course in order to receive the Post-9/11 BAH.

Students receiving the State waiver of tuition and enrolled half-time or less may not receive their Federal GI Bill. Contact the Veterans’ Office for further information. (262-472-1580, 2032 Roseman Building)


State benefits include the Wisconsin GI Bill, the Veterans Education (VetEd) Reimbursement Grant, and the National Guard Reimbursement Grant.

Effective with the 2009-2011 state budget, changes were made to the Wisconsin GI Bill. Refer to http://gibill.wisconsin.edu for the most up-to-date information on these changes and how they affect state benefits for veterans and their dependents.

Information, applications, and instructions for the Wisconsin GI Bill and VetEd Grant are available in the Registrar’s Office or on the WDVA website (http://dva.state.wi.us/PA_brochures.asp).

Information on the National Guard Tuition Grant is available in the Registrar’s Office.


For detailed information concerning federal benefits, students should visit the VA web page at www.va.gov. In addition to the monthly GI Bill, benefits may also include tutorial assistance if there exists a documented deficiency in any subject required for completion of a degree program. Students should contact the Veterans’ Office for an application.

Refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog for the academic performance criteria that are expected from all University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students, including those individuals receiving VA benefits. In addition to those rules and regulations, veterans who are receiving VA benefits should be aware of these stipulations:

Any questions concerning the above information should be directed to the Veterans’ Office in the Registrar’s Office. (262-472-1589, 2032 Roseman Building)

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