Mission and Values

Our Mission

The University Honors Program engages a diverse population of students through a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes expansive, innovative thinking and conscious global citizenship. We ask students to take intellectual risks; to seek an understanding of the interdependence of all branches of knowledge; to engage with the complexities of difference and diversity; to take leadership roles in navigating global change; and to value a life of continuous learning and personal growth.


We encourage Honors students to participate in the various functions and opportunities offered by the Honors community by providing quality, individualized support services, focusing on personalized advising, small classes, special Honors experiential learning opportunities and the Honors Living Learning Community.


We value diversity in all of its manifestations. Our curriculum, instruction, and services all work together to promote an inclusive environment.


We encourage Honors students to assume leadership roles during their time at the UW. We do this by offering leadership training and other opportunities through our faculty mentor program, lecture series, international and local internships, and development of leadership programs with our campus and community partners.

Lifelong Learning

We encourage Honors students to embrace education as a lifetime endeavor by providing a vibrant community of undergraduates, faculty, and staff with shared learning values and by fostering intellectual risk-taking in a safe environment.

Global Awareness

We encourage Honors students to take advantage of the many opportunities for study abroad through Honors and non-Honors programs. We collaborate with campus, community, and international partners to provide a full range of international experiences for our students.


We encourage Honors students to engage in research in their various disciplines by connecting them with research opportunities across campus and at all levels of study.


We encourage Honors students to engage in projects that serve the UW and other communities and to partner with programs in Undergraduate Academic Affairs to interweave service options into the Honors core curriculum.