Frequently Asked Questions
Are Honors classes more difficult than non-Honors classes?
Honors classes are not designed to be more difficult, and they are not designed to have a greater workload. Moreover, the course work is not accelerated in the way that course work in “AP” high school classes is accelerated. Rather, Honors classes are different: they are small classes in which students engage in discussion with one another and with the instructor, and they work together to think critically and write effectively about cutting-edge issues. From this perspective, an Honors class is more likely to have students seated in a circle as opposed to a traditional arrangement of rows.
Will I still be enrolled in another College while I am in the Honors College?
Yes. All Honors students pursue their majors in another College while they are enrolled in the Honors College. We have Honors students who are simultaneously enrolled, for example, in the College of Business and the College of Nursing. And they often have the option of taking Honors versions of their Business and Nursing classes.
Will I have to take extra classes to graduate from the Honors College?
No. Honors students are not required to take any extra classes in order to graduate from the Honors College. Honors classes satisfy degree requirements no matter what one’s major. Honors students graduate with the same number of total credits as non-Honors students.
Will I have to pay any extra money to join the Honors College?
No. Honors students are not required to pay extra tuition or fees to be members of the Honors College. They must, however, meet the Honors requirements.
Will my AP/CAPP credits be honored at the Honors College?
Yes. If you have AP or CAPP credits, we will honor those credits and we will factor those credits into your Honors requirements. You will not be required to retake those classes simply because they were not Honors versions of those classes. In fact, many of our Honors students who arrive with AP or CAPP credits end up graduating in less than four years, since they also have the benefit of early registration.
If I join the Honors College, can I withdraw from it without penalty?
Yes. You can leave the Honors College at any time, and it will not affect your time to graduation. But it is not likely that you will want to do so, for it is extremely rare for a student to leave the Honors College.
What makes the Honors College education unique?
When you are enrolled in the Honors College, you receive the benefits of a small liberal arts college coupled with the wide range of opportunities presented by a comprehensive University. In addition to the package of benefits, the Honors College at UW Oshkosh offers a unique educational experience rarely found elsewhere: our students experience the core courses, a common intellectual experience that prepares them to be excellent writers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. These classes are small, dynamic, and often team-taught. Students experience high-impact educational practices that they cannot experience elsewhere. As a result, our alumni are routinely hired by employers and accepted into the graduate schools of their choice. (See below.)
What are your recent Honors Alumni doing?
Every year, many of our Honors graduates are employed before graduation, or they have an acceptance in hand to a medical school, law school, or graduate school of their choice. (Be sure to see our Fast Facts.) And we keep in touch with them, and we invite them to engage our current Honors students. In fact, we’re so proud of our Honors Alumni that we instantiated the Outstanding Honors Alumni Award, an award given annually at our Spring graduation.