Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Transfer Students with less than 60 college credits are eligible to join the Honors Program. All applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:
- Minimum 3.3 GPA after completion of one semester or more at UIW, or equivalent
- Completion of the Honors Program application for current UIW or transfer students
Applications are due by May 15 to allow time for processing and admission decisions to be issued for class schedule adjustments before the Fall semester, and participation in the August New Honors Student Orientation (NHSO).
Yes, current UIW students may apply to the Honors Program each Fall. Applications are due by May 15 in order to process applications in time for entrance to the Fall semester, review of Fall class schedules, and participation in the August New Honors Student Orientation (NHSO).
You are a freshman if you:
- are a student without college credit or
- earned college credit prior to high school graduation (dual credit/early college high school)
Incoming Freshman may apply to the UIW Honors Program by completing the Honors Program section on the University ApplyTexas, CommonApp, or GoUIW applications.
You are a transfer if you:
- earned college credit after high school graduation (during fall/spring semester) and
- do not have a bachelor’s degree and
- do not qualify for readmission
Transfer students may apply to the UIW Honors Program by completing the Honors Program section on the University ApplyTexas, CommonApp, or GoUIW applications.
You are a current student if you:
- have completed one full semester at UIW and
- do not have a bachelor’s degree
Current UIW students may apply to the UIW Honors Program by completing the Honors Application.
Please review the eligibility requirements to be sure you meet the minimum GPA and test scores before completing an application.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the Honors Program Leadership. All admissions are based on a holistic review, accounting for academic preparation, extra-curricular activity, leadership, and other examples of scholarly and community achievement. Students may be selected for a brief interview to discuss their application and meet with the Admission Committee. Upon review of the completed application, the Honors Admission Committee will makes its final decision and offer invitations to chosen applicants.
More than a thousand colleges have established honors programs precisely because good students do better in them! Without a peer group that values academic excellence, social life can easily become more important than studying. Talented students can be bored in normal classes and coast through or put off simple assignments (just as they did in high school). Unfortunately, students who avoid challenges and try to take the easy way out often face severe shocks in college and graduate with mediocre academic records. If you want to go to graduate school, you will want to show the best you can be with your undergraduate record. Membership in an honors program shows a level of self-discipline, motivation and performance that graduate schools and prospective employers see. See below for a short list of the benefits our students enjoy.
- Unique Honors Programming
- Service-Learning Foundation
- Priority Registration
- Honors Alumni Mentor Network
- Honors Housing
- Strengthened analytical skills
- Exposure to new ways of thinking and asking questions
- A comfortable environment for exploring provocative societal topics
- Opportunities to develop professional skills
No. All Honors Students must complete two-to-four Honors courses during their undergraduate career. Depending on how each student wishes to earn points among the three categories of Curriculum, Scholarship, and Self-Development, there may be one or two honors courses on your schedule each year. In many cases, the heaviest number of Honors courses are in the first two years, however, the Honors classes may be spread over your four years of Undergraduate study. Should you choose to do original research in your major as an honors thesis, that work is managed with the help of a faculty mentor over an 18-24 month time frame. The long time frame allows you to spread the work out so the load is manageable and not overwhelming.
Generally, you will find that honors classes tend to be more interdisciplinary in nature and are more interactive. In addition, the class discussions and assignments in an honors class require a deeper level of critical thinking. There won't be more assignments; the challenge is in the type of assignments you receive. In addition, professors tend to use their Honors classes to try out new teaching methods.
Absolutely! Simply contact the Honors Program Coordinator, Tiffany A. Hector, at (210) 805-3025 or firstname.lastname@example.org in order to find out when the classes meet and how you can sit in.
Students enrolled in our program can qualify for Honors specific funding from the following:
- A competitive Study Abroad Scholarship offered annually
- The $1000 Kara Caldwell Memorial Scholarship for those working to overcome personal hardship
- A $25 per semester subsidy to help pay for cultural events, projects, or other approved activities.
We also support our students with extra experiences and funding. For example, you will have access to funds within the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for your Honors Thesis or travel associated with the Honors Program. We will also pay your way to participate in our social-justice trip and for your attendance at specified workshops, such as graduate school preparation and leadership development.
Yes, it will speak volumes about your abilities and aspirations. Students in Honors programs are widely recognized as being the best students at a college, having both superior academic ability and the motivation to make the most of their college experience. Consider what an American college degree means to the general public. Because there are more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States, most people have no way of evaluating the quality of colleges in their local area. But people do know that if you join an Honors Program; you are a superior student who is clearly committed to getting the best education and the best courses and professors available to you.
All honors students must earn 20 honors points within three categories--Curriculum, Scholarship, and Self-Development--to achieve University Honors. They also must keep up their grades to achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. There are also participation requirements. Although not required, we strongly encourage every student to attend one of the social justice trips offered each year. A full accounting of the requirements are listed on our requirements page.