Special Honors and Rewards Program (SHARP) is an honors program designed for qualified full-time undergraduate students in a day program who wish to accelerate their program to complete degree requirements in less than the normally required time. This is accomplished by increasing the student's course load each term as scheduling permits. SHARP results in savings of time and expenses for eligible students. Please note that accelerating the completion of program requirements may impact future enrollment (i.e., part-time enrollment during a term). Students should review course projections as well as work closely with their assigned academic counselor and faculty adviser to make sure they can complete their program requirements as anticipated. 

Day program students accepted into SHARP may register for up to 25.0 credits each term with no additional fees. Interested students must submit a SHARP application to Student Academic & Financial Services. The following students are eligible for SHARP:

  1. incoming first-year students who are honors graduates of approved secondary schools, have been elected to their state or national honor society, or have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0
  2. new transfer students who maintained full-time enrollment at a previous institution and each term earned a cumulative GPA equivalent to dean's list status for that institution
  3. students who have maintained full-time enrollment at JWU and a cumulative GPA of 3.40 at the end of each term (English as a Second Language courses are not included when determining eligibility)

Note: The only exception to this policy is the first term of enrollment at JWU, during which the cumulative GPA may be less than 3.40.  

If a student does not exercise this option, SHARP eligibility may continue provided that the student maintains continuous full-time matriculation while maintaining a cumulative 3.40 GPA after all terms.  Preferred scheduling and graduation acceleration are not guaranteed.

Failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or better after each term will cause the student to become permanently ineligible for the benefits provided by SHARP. Student Academic & Financial Services will only notify a student of their withdrawal from SHARP via their JWU email account, and it is the student's responsibility to drop extra credits, if registered, to avoid incurring additional charges.