New Undergraduate Honors Program offered through University College

High-achieving students can join exceptionally rigorous but flexible evening program

A new Undergraduate Honors Program will be offered beginning this fall semester at University College, the adult, evening and continuing education division in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

The honors program offers high-achieving students the opportunity to join a learning community dedicated to an exceptionally rigorous but flexible program of study that enables students to work closely with a faculty mentor on an independent project and earn the distinction of Latin honors.

The program includes academic opportunities that build on the experience of adult learners, foster intellectual curiosity and strengthen skills in critical thinking, reading, writing and research.

Course work engages students with ethical questions, historical and cultural forces, and global perspectives while co-curricular activities build leadership skills and sustain a commitment to service.

“We have some astonishing students whose dedication, talent and achievements make us grateful every day that we have a chance to work with them and help them further their education,” says Robert E. Wiltenburg, PhD, dean of University College.

Honors students will work closely with a faculty member on a research project and may take one class a semester in the day program. They will also be eligible for a $1,000 merit scholarship in addition to any need-based aid.

Upon completion of the honors program, eligible students will be awarded the bachelor of science cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude.

“The central goal of honors education is to enhance the traditional learning experience and prepare students for a lifetime of achievement by providing specialized attention, exposure to a range of scholarly research, access to top faculty, enlightening seminars and dedicated research and writing opportunities,” Wiltenburg says.

For more information about the Undergraduate Honors Program in University College, visit or call (314) 935-6700.

About University College:
Originally founded in 1853 to serve the diverse educational needs of the St. Louis area, Washington University continues to grow and thrive more than 150 years later. The first educational step of the fledgling university, on Oct. 22, 1854, was to establish an evening program. Washington University Extension, addressing the needs of local teachers, was begun in 1908, and, after much expansion and diversification, became University College in 1931. Then and since, people of all ages attend Washington University through University College, earning associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, or certificates, or taking courses for personal enrichment.