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Wesleyan Honors Academy

WHA Student Brochure

Contact us

Heather Zaruba, M.A.
Director of Wesleyan Honors Academy
(402) 465-2415
hzaruba [at] NebrWesleyan.edu (hzaruba[at]NebrWesleyan[dot]edu)

Krista Cox
Assistant Director, Wesleyan Honors Academy
kcox [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (kcox[at]nebrwesleyan[dot]edu)

Andrea Howell
Administrative Assistant, Wesleyan Honors Academy
(402) 465-7605
ahowell [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (ahowell[at]nebrwesleyan[dot]edu)



Wesleyan Honors Academy

Wesleyan Honors Academy (WHA) is a dual-credit program for motivated high school students. 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:

  • An NWU student ID and a Wesleyan Honors Academy t-shirt
  • Access to NWU library, tutoring, and events with your NWU ID card or NWU email address
  • 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. ACE scholarships to WHA courses are available to those who qualify. Find participating high schools, course descriptions and important program deadlines.


ACE Scholarship

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 2023‐24 academic year, ACE will cover an unlimited amount of courses. Please see your high school counselor for more information.  

Find participating high schools

WHA classes by subject

Important dates for 2023-24

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


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 Nebraska Wesleyan resources and supports. It’s easy to take advantage of these benefits.

Activate your account

Access grades, bills and tax statement


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.

Access WHA student benefits 

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. Use these instructions for accessing Cooper Center scheduler.

Access additional benefits

Enjoy 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 username email address and Okta password to sign in. 

  • Your username email address was provided in the initial email you received to activate your NWU account. The email was from do-not-reply [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (do-not-reply[at]nebrwesleyan[dot]edu) with the subject “Welcome to Okta at Nebraska Wesleyan University”.
  • Your Okta password was set up after you activated your account with the “Activate account” steps above.

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. We are NACEP-CEP-accredited dual credit program, the credits you earn will transfer to most U.S. colleges.

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.