Honors Program

The Honors Program is a challenge extended to our best students. It is an opportunity to enrich your college experience through research, creative thought
and independent learning. The enriched course content also provides a closer association with professors and other honor students. Read about previous student projects here.

Students in the program felt they were better prepared for subsequent university work and able to complete a bachelor’s degree (with honors) at a four-year campus.

Who Qualifies?

The Honors Program is designed for highly motivated, above-average students attending UWM at Washington County or UWM at Waukesha.

New students must have accomplished at least one of the following to participate:

  • Graduated in the top 15% of their high school class.
  • Scored 27 or higher on the ACT.

Transfer students from a college outside the UW System may participate in the Honors Program if their GPA is 3.4 or higher.

Continuing students can participate in the program after completing 12 credits or more with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

To remain in the program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 each semester.

Honors Awards

If you are in the Honors Program, you may earn an Associate of Arts and Sciences  (AAS) degree with honors if these additional requirements are met:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Complete the AAS degree requirements.
  • Earn a grade of B or better in 12 of the degree credits earned in honors courses.
  • Earn at least six of the 12 honors credits across the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and/or mathematics/natural sciences.

Those who have met the AAS degree with honors requirements must apply for graduation the semester prior to completion. Check with Enrollment Services for details.

UWM at Washington County students who successfully complete an honors course may be eligible to receive the Joseph F. Huber Scholarship ($250). The honors committee makes the final determination, based on course grade and faculty evaluations.

How to Apply

Apply online to the Honors Program.

Anyone may enroll in courses for honors credit, but students not in the Honors Program must have the consent of the class instructor. Special instructions for registering for honors courses are included in the general registration directions.
Honors can be added in the first two weeks of classes by obtaining the instructor’s signature. Honors designation can be dropped at any time before the end of the semester.

After acceptance into the program, you may enroll in courses designated by an “H” in the credit column of the class schedule. If you want to take a course for honors (even though it is not listed for “H” credit), you often can arrange to take it for honors by consulting with the professor.

Phi Theta Kappa

Honors students with a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA will receive an invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa, a national two-year honor society.


Newsletters are sent out to Honors students a couple times a year. See current and previous newsletters below.