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ADMISSION CRITERIA

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

  • Students with a 27 ACT or above with 3.5 GPA or above will be invited by UWSP’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment to join the University Honors Program.
  • Alternatively, students with a 3.7 GPA or above, regardless of ACT score, will be invited to join the University Honors Program.
  • Students with a 25 or 26 ACT and High School GPA of 3.5 (minimum) can complete an application to be considered for the University Honors Program.

CONTINUING & TRANSFER STUDENTS

  • To be considered for the Honors program, the student’s GPA must meet or exceed the Honors Student GPA requirement (see GPA section below). 
  • University Honors Program application will need to be completed and submitted to the Associate Dean of General Education and Honors.
  • Continuing and Transfer students can only join prior to having completed 60 credits.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

In order to complete the University Honors Program, students must complete the following requirements.

Other than the GPA requirement, there is no requirement that these be completed by any particular semester. Nevertheless, it is recommended that students aim to complete their Enrichment Activity in their Junior Year and the Student Research in their senior year.

  • Students need a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation in order to complete the University Honors Program.
  • University Honors Students need to reach a minimum GPA threshold at the end of each academic year (assuming 15 credits per semester) in order to maintain their standing in the University Honors Program.
    • After completing 30 credits, students should have a cumulative 3.2 GPA or above.
    • After completing 60 credits, students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above.
    • At 90 credits, 3.4 GPA.
    • Beyond 90 credits, University Honors students need to maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.
  • Students who fall below these thresholds will be informed by the Associate Dean of the University Honors Program that they are being removed from the University Honors Program for failing to maintain their GPA expectations.

  • Students need to complete a minimum of 12 credits in Honors courses. This brief video explains how to locate Honors courses in the upcoming semester.

Students will need to complete an enrichment activity on the following list:

  • Working with an advising mentor to complete an independent research project, or service learning project
  • Completing one year of the Honors Ambassador Program
  • Completing a study abroad program
  • Completing a one-semester internship
  • Completing a semester as a tutor or peer mentor in the TLC
  • Holding office for one year in an official UWSP club or office
  • Completing a year on the leadership team in Residential Living
  • Contact the Associate Dean of General Education and Honors to discuss additional opportunities for completing the enrichment requirement.

In order to receive credit for the Enrichment activity and Student Research, students should work with their advisor or mentor who will confirm that the project has been completed and submit the paperwork so that the student has received credit toward the University Honors requirements.

Students need to take part in the annual symposium for their major, in which they work with a faculty advisor to present original research or artistic projects to students, faculty, and community members.

  • For information about the CNR Student Research Symposium, click here.
  • For information about the COLS Student Research Symposium, click here.
  • For information about the COFAC Symposium, speak with your advisor.
  • CPS does not offer an annual student research symposium, so students in a CPS major will need to complete two different enrichment activities.

In order to receive credit for the Enrichment activity and Student Research, students should work with their advisor or mentor who will confirm that the project has been completed and submit the paperwork so that the student has received credit toward the University Honors requirements.