FAQ for Prospective Honors Students

Curious about the Honors Program?

Well, you've come to the right place! The following is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Honors admission, and what being an Honors Student is like. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for here, send us a message via the contact methods below.

Honors at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is both an academic program and a learning community. Both inside and out of the classroom, Honors students are encouraged to pursue the "Honors spark" of curiosity and motivation to learn, growing as well-rounded individuals and pursuing leadership opportunities in both the Honors community and the campus at-large. In addition to Honors courses, Honors students are provided with opportunities to collaborate in research, participate in community events, volunteer in the local community, and provide academic mentoring. Honors students also have a student organization, an Honors Commons space, and about 20 events a year to enjoy!

  • Honors is an opportunity to earn important credentials. Graduate schools and hiring committees recognize that it takes an attractive combination of talent and dedication to graduate from a university’s Honors program. Additionally, access to the program’s network of engaged students and faculty members may lead to research or internship opportunities during undergraduate years.
  • Honors students develop lifelong relationships with professors and peers. No one succeeds alone; behind every success story is a community of supportive peers and mentors. Within the Honors community, students have an active relationship with their peers, attending and supporting community events as well as contributing their own experiences in guiding roles for other members of the program.
  • Honors provides an opportunity to challenge yourself. Honors students delve more deeply into course material and have more opportunities for hands-on, active learning. Additionally, due to the diversity of Honors Colloquia, students are encouraged to explore subjects outside of their major or area of expertise.
  • Honors offers unique experiences. The interdisciplinary nature of most Honors Colloquia allows professors to offer courses that go beyond the scope of most individual departments. Experiential learning is also a crucial aspect of the Honors experience, with the integration of high-impact practices like service learning and cultural immersion.

There are several pathways to admission in University Honors. For specific information on admission to the Program, including new and current students, consult the Honors Admissions Guidelines webpage. Any questions regarding application status or request for Holistic Review should be directed to honors@uwec.edu.

Honors courses are not necessarily harder - they are taught differently. With an average class size of 20 talented and motivated students,  instructors engage students in discussion-based , application-based, and often interdisciplinary content.  

Colloquia are unique, interdisciplinary courses reserved for Honors students. These feature small class sizes and highlight participation in learning through active discussion and investigation. Potential Honors Colloquia are proposed by professors, and usually highlight their areas of research or expertise. As such, they reflect unique, passionate interest, and are often courses that do not fit within traditional disciplinary boundaries. All Honors Colloquia fulfill the University's Liberal Education requirements and, may in some instances, be applied toward other degree requirements. 

In addition to Colloquia, Honors Electives are offered by academic departments and have the same essential content as non-Honors versions of the same course. However, these courses build on their non-Honors counterparts through offering smaller class sizes, discussion-based learning, in-depth exploration of the material, or unique lab or field-work opportunities. Because they are departmental courses, they will count toward the same degree requirements and prerequisites as any other version of the same course.

There is no additional fee to participation in the University Honors Program. University Honors is an academic and student support program provided to admitted students as part of their tuition - just as other departments, programs, and support services at the university do. This is differentiated from other Honors membership clubs, societies, and organizations both on campus and off that do require a form of payment to become members. 

The Honors Living-Learning-Community (LLC) allows students to extend their Honors experience into residence life. Located on campus in Bridgman Hall, the LLC is provides a community experience for Honors students.  It is not required for Honors student to live in the LLC; but, approximately 35-45% of new Honors student do chose to live in Bridgman Hall and participate in LLC activities. These student represent a cross-section of all students on campus. Current Honors students serve as RAs, lead in planning events and activities with resident help and input, and will also live and mentor new Honors students. The Honors LLC provides both a space respectful of your academic priorities and time for fun to engage with other both in the LLC and outside Bridgman Hall. 

Throughout the year, the LLC has various community events. The majority of these are subject to change, but there are a few that remain constant each year:

  • The LLC Signature Event – Each fall, the basement of Bridgman Hall transforms into a high-society hangout. LLC members are encouraged to dress-up to match the décor, and “mocktails” are served. This event serves as both an important mixer for LLC members and an opportunity to feature the artistic talent of the community. Expect to see musical performances, displays of visual arts, and many other demonstrations of artistic diversity within the Honors Program.
  • Community Service Projects – All students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are expected to fulfill a service-learning requirement to graduate. Each semester, the LLC plans and enacts a service project to help students satisfy this requirement and to find ways to enhance the Honors Program’s presence in the Eau Claire community.

Graduation with University Honors can be flexible and personalized to meet students' goals and interest.  These can be a mix of Honors courses, departmental honors credits, experiences applied to other upper-level courses, Honors thesis, and more.  View the details to graduate with University Honors on the graduation requirement webpage.

Note that the resident and cumulative GPA of 3.5 is only necessary at the point of graduation. Students whose GPA falls below this threshold will not be penalized or excluded from the program in any way  

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