University of Washington Honors Program

The University Honors Program staff is conducting our work remotely and the Honors suite (211 MGH) is closed. Advisers are available to assist students with advising questions over email, phone, and Zoom. If you believe your questions can be answered via email, please reach out to advisers directly via email for help. If you would like to meet with an adviser, please see below to schedule an appointment.

Drop-In Advising

Drop-in advising for quick questions is available for current UW Honors students. If the drop-in times don’t work in your schedule, or if you have big picture questions that require a longer conversation, please schedule an appointment using the Honors Advising Meeting Request Form.

To join the queue for drop-in advising, click the link for that day’s drop in advising and then “Open Zoom.US”. You may choose to use video or audio only, your adviser will be joining with both video and audio. Advisers will only be present in the meeting room during the days/times listed, and may not be able to get to everyone in the queue during especially busy advising times.

Winter 2021 Drop In Hours (January 4th – March 12, 2021): 

Date & Time Adviser Zoom Link
Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm Claire
Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm Aley
Thursdays 10:00-11:30am Nadra

To schedule an advising appointment, please complete the Honors Advising Meeting Request Form. We ask for advance notice of at least FIVE business days for appointments. If you have a preference to meet with a specific adviser we will do our best to accommodate your preferences, please note your adviser preference in the advising request form.

If you are an incoming freshman– we ask that you wait until after your advising and orientation session to meet with an adviser.

Request an appointment now!

For appointments concerning post graduation plans or questions about a specific Honors study abroad program, please consider meeting with Associate Director, Julie Villegas. You can email her directly for an appointment at

Honors Group Advising series is aimed at connecting Honors students with the people, resources, and topics relevant to a full and diverse UW undergraduate experience.

Autumn 2020:
Honors by Contract: What are the Honors by Contract options and how do I apply?

  • When: Tuesday, November 24th from 11:30-12:30pm
  • Who: Led by Claire
  • RSVP for Zoom Link
  • What: We will cover the application and process for ad hoc (applicable for both Departmental & Interdisciplinary Honors students), Graduate level coursework, and Honors Independent Study. Because the Honors Independent Study and Graduate Level Coursework options are only applicable for Interdisciplinary Honors students, we will be reviewing and answering questions about the ad hoc process first, then we will take a quick break and at that point any Departmental Honors students are welcome to leave the session.

Grade and GPA Advising

Please meet with an adviser if you are concerned about your GPA or if you are having trouble in a class. We can point you to many different resources both within Honors as well as on the larger UW campus that can help with time management, study skills, tutoring services, and more. The earlier you ask for help, the better!

If your grades fall below a 3.3 cumulative GPA and you are put on probation in the Honors Program, you are required to meet with an Honors adviser. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss academic concerns and get support reflecting on challenges and creating plans for successful change.

Please review our Honors Program GPA policy to determine if you are in a probation quarter.

Interdisciplinary Writing Studio

The Interdisciplinary Writing Studio offers tutoring sessions for students working on projects in CHID  GEOG, GWSS, and UW Honors. Our tutors have experience writing and tutoring in these departments and can work with you on all aspects of writing and research from brainstorming and planning, through writing and revising.  All kinds of projects are welcome: reading responses; reflections; creative pieces; research papers, literature reviews; position statements; fellowship, job, or graduate school applications; and more! We can talk with you about drafts, research strategies, disciplinary expectations, and finding your own voice in writing.  Click here to schedule an appointment and learn more about the tutors in the Interdisciplinary Writing Studio.

Advising Resources

Honors Academic Success Guide
Get started with UW MyPlan
View the UW Gen. Ed. requirements by college and school
Visit UW’s Undergraduate Advising website
Utilize UW Academic Support Programs
Explore UW Health and Wellbeing Resources
Interdisciplinary Honors Curriculum Requirements

Meet the Honors Advisers

Aley Mills Willis

Aley Mills Willis

Aley has been advising students in the UW Honors Program since Autumn, 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at UW with an Honors degree in English Literature, and her graduate studies at UW with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Policy Studies. She has focused much of her studies on how college students incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. Before working in higher education, Aley worked in book publishing in NYC and Seattle and holds a particular interest in literature of the environment.

Aley has found advising students in the Honors Program to be a wonderful way to help motivated college students create an individualized path of study and reach their goals at the UW. When not working with students, or thinking about higher education, Aley spends as much time as possible with her family at home or in the mountains around the Seattle area. She has a passion for exploring and has spent much time traveling the world – mostly in search of more mountains. She is thrilled to help students imagine how to extend their education beyond the classroom both locally and abroad.

Brook Kelly

Brook Kelly

Brook has been advising in the Honors Program since 2005 and graduated from the UW in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with College Honors and History. Brook was a 2003 Bonderman Fellow, and traveled throughout east Africa on her fellowship. She directs the Bonderman Travel Fellowship for the Honors Program, and leads our admissions efforts in addition to advising.

Brook enjoys working with amazing students doing incredible things and helping them connect their studies to the rest of the world through service and experiential opportunities. When not at work she spends her time with her family, traveling, tramping the high country, working on her never ending house projects, gardening, and cooking.

Claire Grant

Claire Grant

Claire graduated from the University of Washington with Departmental Honors in Ecology Evolution and Conservation (EEC) Biology. She discovered her passion for student support in the Riverways Education Partnerships, eventually moving on to become an Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor for students through the Academic Support Program. Within Biology she spent two years researching our last big global warming event using plant microfossils to better predict how our current vegetation layers will shift and change as our earth warms. She is passionate about educational equity, and hopes that by empowering students to empower others we will create a more sustainable planet for future generations. In her free time she likes to explore new nurseries, tend to her indoor/ outdoor gardens, camp and hike in the Pacific Northwest, ski, and spend time with friends and family.

Nadra Fredj

Nadra Fredj

Nadra graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice. Her main areas of study within Psychology included diversity, prejudice, and bias. Within Law, Societies, and Justice, Nadra focused on issues related to criminal justice reform and the impact of incarceration. She also worked as a campus tour guide and in admissions throughout her college career, growing her passion for educational equity and student empowerment. Nadra is dedicated to anti-racist and equity work, hoping to increase access and support for historically marginalized populations within higher education. When she’s not at work, Nadra loves to spend time exploring the outdoors, starting a new craft project, or spending time with her family and friends.