Special Academic Opportunities

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is an academic experience for motivated students who seek a challenging and intellectually enriched learning environment.  With smaller-sized classes, special Honors courses, and opportunities for customized projects for Honors credits, the program encourages leadership and community involvement, multicultural engagement, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and scholarship opportunities, and personal enrichment.  Click on the tab above for additional details or see http://www.uww.edu/honors.

First Year Experience:  Learning Communities

The First Year Experience office is responsible for summer orientation and registration programs, fall orientation programs, mentor programs, new student seminar, family programs, and learning communities. Learning Communities (LCs) are groups of freshman undergraduate students that have the opportunity 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 focus on potential majors, allowing freshman students to explore their interest toward the program of study.  Most Learning Communities live together in a residence hall, although there are a few LCs that do not include a residential component.  Commuter students are also encouraged to participate in Learning Communities. LCs are led by faculty and staff coordinators. The list of opportunities changes annually, visit the First Year Experience website to see all of the options: http://www.uww.edu/fye

Undergraduate Research

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. The University of Wisconsin-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, research assistantships for beginning students, and funding to attend conferences to present research.

The Undergraduate Research Program supports inquiry-driven research scholarship and creative activity.  The program is an advocate for expanded experiential learning that enhances engagement in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity, including faculty-mentored research and curriculum-based projects.  Our program goal is to create opportunities for inclusive participation.  For additional information, see http://www.uww.edu/urp

The University Honors Program is based on the conviction that students should be given the opportunity to develop their academic talents and interests to the fullest extent possible. Honors students are 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 engagement in individualized honors-contract projects, 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 University Honors Program are afforded opportunities to participate in an Honors Learning Community, study abroad programs, undergraduate research, and a variety of co-curricular activities that will augment their formal educational experience. Participation in special Honors courses, undergraduate research, the Upper Midwest Honors Council, educational field trips, 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 priority registration to accommodate the potential scheduling complications arising from the coursework requirements of the program.

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 higher and complete honors courses and/or honors option work.

Students will be recognized as University Honors Program Scholars upon their completion of 21 Honors credits.  Honors sections are offered in all General Education courses, and additional Honors sections are offered in several upper-division courses with high enrollments.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.
    OR
  2. Graduated in the top 25% of their high school class AND attained an ACT score of 28 or greater.
    OR
  3. Highly recommended with letters of nomination by high school counselor and at least one teacher.

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