Honors SPARK Program
Striving to SPARK Success
Honors 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.
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.
High school seniors interested in SPARK must apply to the Honors Program via the regular freshman admission process.
Participants in the Honors SPARK Program are selected by the UIW Honors Program as part of their regular freshman admission process. There is no way to apply directly to the SPARK program.
All Honors Spark students will be required to complete the following during their first semester to successfully complete the program:
- Completion of two standard core curriculum courses (3 credit hours each) in Honors with a grade of B or better.
- Attend two out of three monthly All-Honors Gatherings
- Attend one Honors Signature Event
- Attend one Honors Programmatic Event
- Fulfill requirements of the Honors Peer Mentor Program
- Maintain Honors GPA and conduct requirements as outlined in the Honors Student Handbook.