The Special Honors and Rewards Program (SHARP) is designed to allow qualifying undergraduate day program students to accelerate the completion of their degree requirements in less than the normally prescribed time. This is accomplished by giving eligible students the ability to register up to 21.0 credits each semester — with no additional tuition fees. SHARP offers the potential for students to save time and expenses.

SHARP eligibility is determined after the completion of each semester (no application is required). To be eligible for SHARP, the student must have completed at least one semester of classes at JWU and have a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher.

  • If this criteria is met, Student Academic Services will increase the student’s maximum allowable registration credits to be 21.0 for the next semester only; the student may register additional credits at this time only (no sooner).
  • If this criteria is not met, the student’s maximum allowable registration credits will remain at 18.0.
  • If a student is or becomes SHARP-ineligible at the end of a semester, they may become SHARP-eligible any time in the future provided they meet the 3.60 cumulative GPA requirement at the end of a semester.

Students who are SHARP-eligible may utilize this benefit at any time of their choosing (or not at all) and should note the following before proceeding.

  1. Accelerating the completion of program requirements may impact future enrollment (e.g., part-time enrollment) and course sequencing.
  2. Semester course offerings may not allow or guarantee accelerated program completion.
  3. To plan effectively, course projections must be reviewed carefully and the student should work closely with both an academic counselor and faculty adviser.