Wesleyan Honors Academy

Wesleyan Honors Academy (WHA) is a dual-credit program for high school sophomores (for select courses), juniors and seniors. When you take WHA courses at your high school, your credits count toward your high school diploma—AND your college degree. WHA credits transfer to almost all U.S. colleges and universities.

When you enroll in Wesleyan Honors Academy you will also receive these benefits:

  • 50% off the AP exam
  • Access to NWU library, tutoring and events with your NWU ID card
  • Get reimbursed for 100% of your Honors Academy tuition when you attend NWU as an undergraduate student, beginning Spring 2023 or after. We’ll credit your first semester student account for all Honors Academy tuition you paid (excluding ACE and other outside scholarships used to pay for Honors Academy tuition.)

Register for Wesleyan Honors Academy

You can register for dual credit even after the semester starts. Scholarships to WHA courses are available to those who qualify.

Register for classes

Apply for the ACE Scholarship for WHA courses

Students demonstrating financial need may apply for and receive an ACE (Accessing College Early) scholarship available through the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education. Contact your high school counselor to complete the scholarship application as soon as possible. ACE scholarships are on a first-come/first-serve basis, and the student must be enrolled in the college course to be considered. For the 2022-23 academic year, ACE may pay for up to four courses but check with your counselor at the beginning of the year to confirm the final number.  

Find WHA participating high schools and explore subject areas, then check out important program dates and deadlines.

Find participating high schools

WHA classes by subject

Important WHA deadline dates for 2022-23
June – August Faculty Workshops – All current and prospective WHA Instructors invited.
August 1 ACE scholarship application open for Fall semester and Full-year courses.
October 7 On-Time Registration deadline for all Fall semester, Full-year, and First Block WHA courses. This is also the last day to DROP a Fall, Full-year, or First Block course without a petition.
October 21 Late Registration deadline for Fall, Full-year, and First Block courses. Adds after this date are by Petition only.
November 1 On-Time Registration deadline for Fall courses starting in October.
November 15 ACE scholarship application open for Spring semester courses.
November 15 Late Registration deadline for Fall courses starting in October. Adds for Fall courses starting in October after this date are by Petition only.
December 1 FINAL deadline to submit a late Petition to Drop/Add/Withdraw for Fall semester courses that end in December.
December 15 ACE scholarship application deadline for Fall semester and Full-year courses.
January 12 at 5 p.m. Grades due from course instructors for courses that end in December.
January 13 First semester transcripts available for students to request (for accounts paid in full) IF all instructors were able to submit grades on time.
February 10 On-Time Registration deadline for Spring semester courses starting in January. This is also the last day to DROP a Spring course without a petition.
February 24 Late Registration deadline for Spring courses starting in January. Adds after this date are by online Petition only.
March 17 On-Time Registration deadline for Spring courses starting in March.
March 31 Late Registration deadline for Spring courses starting in March. Adds for Spring courses starting in March after this date are by Petition only.
May 1 FINAL deadline to submit a Petition to Drop/Add/Withdraw for Spring semester and Full-year courses that end in May or June.
May 15 ACE scholarship application deadline for Spring semester courses.
June 1 at 5:00 p.m. Grades due from course instructors for Spring semester and full-year courses.
June 2 Transcripts for 2022-23 available for students to request (for accounts paid in full) IF all instructors were able to submit grades on time.

Pay tuition online or by mail

Tuition is just $95 per credit hour with zero fees for textbooks or labs. (That’s a 92% tuition discount for WHA students!) 

Tuition payment options

Drop/Add/Withdraw

If your circumstances change, you have the ability to drop a class, register late or withdraw from a course.

Petition to drop, add or withdraw from a class

Activate your NWU account and access resources

As a Wesleyan Honors Academy student, you get full access to many of Nebraska Wesleyan resources and supports. It’s easy to take advantage of these benefits.

Activate or reset your NWU Office365 account

Important: Accounts can be activated after 10:15 a.m. of the morning you receive the activation email.

To activate your NWU Office365 account:

  1. Go to: https://outlook.com/nebrwesleyan.edu
  2. Use the pre-assigned NWU email address and activation password which were sent to you by email.
  3. Enter your NWU email address and click [Next]. Then enter your activation password, followed by a new password and confirmation of your new password. Then click [Sign in].
    Passwords must:
    • include 12-28 characters
    • include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and these symbols ! . , / ˜ =

    • Not use common dictionary words, common names or sequence of numbers (123 ...)
  4. Click the [Next] button when the "More information required" page appears.
  5. Complete the "Don’t Lose Access to your account page." Click the “Set it up now” text link for cell phone authentication (quickest option) to recover your account in the future.

    Enter appropriate information in the series of pages that follow until you receive the verification code on your phone and have entered it into the corresponding text field, then click the [verify] button.

To access your NWU Office365 account, go to https://outlook.com/nebrwesleyan.edu and login.

Please contact your WHA instructor or ahowell [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Andrea Howell) if you have questions or problems accessing your account.

Forgot your password?

If your account is activated, reset your Office365 password here.

Accessing grades, bills and tax statement

Self-Service

Self-Service allows WHA students to access their course list, unofficial transcripts, billing statements, and their grades. T98 Tax Forms are also available each January for use in tax filing by parents/guardians.

Letter grades are issued by the WHA instructor and posted on an NWU transcript. Grades for courses ending in December will be available after the second week in January. Grades for courses ending in May will be available after June 1.

1098T statement 

In January, the Nebraska Wesleyan Business Office mails 1098T statements to all students who were enrolled in Honors Academy classes during the previous year. For questions about your 1098T, please contact the Business Office.

Your NWU ID card for accessing benefits like library, tutoring and NWU events

NWU ID card

You will receive an NWU ID card which provides you access to on-campus events such as sporting events and theatre and music productions. The ID card can also be used for checking out books in person at the NWU library and all the libraries of the University of Nebraska System. Cards are sent when all on-time registrations are complete (second week in October and third week in February). You will receive an ID card just once, after your initial registration.

Library access

The Cochrane-Woods Library is available both in person, using your NWU ID card, or on-line. You will need your NWU Office 365 email address and password to use of the online library resources. Use these instructions for accessing library services.

Cooper Center for academic resources

The Cooper Center provides tutoring in writing, public speaking and discipline-specific courses. Request virtual appointments for peer tutoring in a given discipline and for writing consultations. 

Access additional benefits

Use your NWU ID card to access free admission to:

NWU policies that pertain to WHA students

Admission Requirements (Concurrent Enrollment of High School Students) (nebrwesleyan.edu)

Code of Student Conduct (nebrwesleyan.edu)

FERPA Directory Information (nebrwesleyan.edu)

FERPA Privacy of Educational Records (nebrwesleyan.edu)

Commitment to Students with Disabilities (nebrwesleyan.edu)

Semester-end tools

There’s more to do after you finish a course through Wesleyan Honors Academy.

Complete a course evaluation through IDEA

At the end of each Honors Academy course, you will be asked to complete a class evaluation through an online system called IDEA.  Use your NWU email address and password to sign in. 

Please contact your WHA instructor or ahowell [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Andrea Howell) if you have questions or problems accessing your account.

Transcripts and transferring credits

Using WHA credit at NWU: The course will count in the same area as the on-campus equivalent and the grade will become part of the student’s GPA calculations.

Transfer credit to other colleges and universities: If you elect to attend a college or university other than Nebraska Wesleyan, you will need to order your transcript online. As Nebraska's only NACEP-accredited dual credit program, the credits you earn will transfer to most U.S. colleges.

  • Most colleges and universities will accept transfer grades of “C” or better. Most schools will count WHA classes as Pass/Fail and they will not be part of the GPA.  
  • Honors Academy students have previously transferred credit to numerous colleges and universities throughout the country, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and its branch campuses.
  • Below are several sources you can utilize to help you decide how your courses may be used at NWU or transfer to other schools:
  • Students should contact the registrar at the colleges or universities they are considering attending prior to enrolling in Honors Academy courses. An email with the course description sent to the registrar and/or the appropriate department chair will usually elicit a quick response.

Most schools that accept Wesleyan Honors Academy credit will do so in one or more of the following ways:

  • The hours will count towards the total hours required for graduation from that institution.
  • The course will replace a course required in the general education curriculum.
  • The course will replace a course required in a major or minor.
  • In most cases, the transferred NWU grade is not included in the GPA calculations at the accepting institution.