The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Honors Program is designed to meet the educational needs of students with an outstanding record of academic achievement and a true sense of intellectual adventure. It allows students to experience a variety of course types and educationally related experiences while gaining academic credit. Students enrolled in the program have available Honors sections of many General Education classes; take introductory and advanced Honors Seminars; complete an Honors thesis project; enroll in a service-learning project experience for credit; and receive credits for participation in the intellectual and creative life of the UWRF community and beyond. All of these experiences are gained while still keeping within the major, minor, General Education and liberal arts requirements of an Honors student's academic program. The program is both unified and flexible. That is, the achievement of the "broadening" and "in-depth" aims provide experiences that are similar in structure for all participants. All participating students have an identity in and with the Honors Program on the basis of this common experience. Simultaneously, the program has enough flexibility to allow individuality. The program is sufficiently varied so that participation is attractive to all students regardless of year in school, major, transfer status, full vs. part-time, etc. Honors is not just more work but provides a new dimension to a student's educational experience with a definite degree of rigor. Any level of participation is encouraged. Students may opt to complete the entire program and graduate with "The Honors Program," or they may elect to participate in a few of the Honors courses but not complete the entire program.
To be eligible, entering freshmen must rank in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class and/or score a 27 or higher on the ACT. To remain eligible, students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA and complete at least two Honors Program credits per year. Students who opt to participate in the program after one or more semesters of university work must have a 3.3 average.
To complete the Honors program a student must have:
Seminar and colloquia (1-5 credits)
Six to fourteen credits can be taken in Honors Courses.
The Honors Thesis (1-6 credits) is required of all participants during junior or senior year.
Service Learning, for 1-6 credits, means unpaid volunteer work that will benefit the community and provide a significant learning experience. Service learning is based on the rationale that learning occurs through reflection on the service.
The events option, 0-2 credits, is meant to encourage Honors Program participants to engage in the intellectual and creative life of the UW-River Falls community and beyond. Approved events will include attendance or participation in professional meetings, lectures, concerts, plays and art exhibits.
Additional information on the Honors Program can be obtained from the Office of the Assistant to the Provost and Vice Chancellor (118 North Hall) or online at