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UW-Oshkosh launches Honors College

UW-Oshkosh launches its Honors College, September 6, 2017. (WLUK)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- The doors were opened to the fifth college at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - the Honors College.

It's designed to enhance more research-based curriculum at UW-Oshkosh.

The official sign of the college was unveiled Wednesday.

To graduate from the Honors College, students are required to engage in high impact, faculty-mentored research.

School leaders at both Oshkosh and the UW system believe the new college will have a big impact when it comes to recruiting future students.

Students in the Honors College can take classes in any of the four existing colleges: business, nursing, letters and science or education and human services.

"Many of these students have wonderful choices. They can go anywhere they want; they can go to private school; they can go to public school. In my estimation, a great honors college provides a private-school-like environment for those students who choose to be a part of it," said UW-Oshkosh chancellor, Andrew Leavitt.

University Honors had required 21 credits to graduate from the program but now it's being bumped up to 24.

That means honors courses will now account for 20 percent of a student's degree requirements for those pursuing that path.

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