University Honors Program (UHP)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 or Honors Enrichment Learning Communities, 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 application can be found on the Honors Forms page.

The University Honors Program is located in the lower level of McCutchan Hall. Enter through the main entrance, and take the stairs straight ahead to get down to the lower level. Downstairs, you can find the Honors Director in Room 4A, our Office Operations Associate in Room 12, or the Honors Interns in Room 4B.

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 Project 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, visit the H-Option page of the website.

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. 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). Honors students may only earn 6 of their 21 Honors Credits by way of Honors 498 courses. Additionally, if Honors students choose to pursure Honors Exchange Credits, 9 of their 21 credits must still be earned by way of Honors Coursework or H-Option Projects.

  • 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
  • Competitive Edge
    • Resume builder
    • An advantage in graduate and professional school applications
    • Stronger letters of recommendation
    • Priority registration
  • Community
    • Honors Student Association, the UHP’s student org
    • Opportunity to join the Honors Learning Communities as a first-year student
    • Field trips
    • Honors Banquet
    • Special workshops for Honors students
    • Honors conferences