Honors SPARK Program

Striving to SPARK Success

Students and professor in a classroomHonors SPARK is a provisional admission program that is administered through the University of the Incarnate Word’s Honors Program. Honors SPARK allows selected students to gain full admission by taking required courses and proving how well they can do in the Honors Program in our 3 core areas: Curriculum, Scholarship, and Self-Development. During the program, they will complete 2 standard core curriculum courses (3 credit hours each), participate in weekly learning modules with their assigned Peer Mentor, and attend required professional and academic programming.


SPARK students are strongly encouraged to stay in the Honors Living and Learning Community (Honors THRIVE) on campus in our designated residence halls during their first year. Furthermore, SPARK students are supported by a group of academic and social mentors who are a part of the Honors Peer Mentor Program. SPARK Mentors are specially trained student leaders who have previously completed the SPARK program and will work with incoming students on developing skills they will need to succeed. In addition to attending Honors courses, SPARK students will go through various programs and presentations that focus on different skill sets to help them succeed academically.

The Result

SPARK Students who successfully complete their first semester at UIW and satisfy all requirements for SPARK will be guaranteed full admission starting their second semester in the program. As a result of this opportunity, students will be afforded an immersive experience into Honors via special coursework and professional development experiences designed to help with their academic transition upon entry to the program. We are confident that the benefits students receive from participation in the Honors SPARK Program will last a lifetime.

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