Applying to Honors

Paths and Procedures

Learning More

Are you a prospective student or applicant interested in the UW Honors Program? After you've carefully reviewed the below information, we provide the following options for learning more about Honors:

In October and November we hold information sessions for those interested in applying as incoming freshmen for the Interdisciplinary Honors track; students interested in second year and transfer admissions should complete the form below. Those interested in Departmental Honors should contact the major directly.

During the rest of the year we encourage all prospective students to set up a meeting with an Honors representative by filling out our prospective student appointment form (well in advance of your visit, please; it can take us up to a week to arrange a visit) and we will respond as quickly as we can to arrange an appointment.

Please note that we may be unable to accommodate requests made less than one week in advance. The Honors office is open and available for appointments Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during winter quarter.


Freshman Admission

Entering freshman applicants apply to the University of Washington and to Interdisciplinary Honors simultaneously - the Honors application is integrated into the UW Freshman Application.

From the Director

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As we prepare to open the UW freshman application for autumn 2017, the Director of Honors invites students and the communities around them to learn more about the UW Honors curriculum.

Second Year Admission

Students who are already enrolled at the UW may apply for Second Year Admission into the Interdisciplinary Honors program during spring quarter of their freshman year. Each spring quarter, we accept applications from current freshmen and issue invitations to those who have demonstrated academic excellence during their first two quarters at the university. If you believe this option best fits your needs, please contact an Honors adviser for more information.

Departmental Honors

Another way to experience Honors is through your major. Typically, students apply for departmental admission in their junior year of college, although some majors have earlier entrance options. Departmental Honors is an excellent option, providing academic challenges and scholarly community similar to the Honors Core experience. Once you have been admitted to a Departmental Honors program, your departmental adviser must activate your Departmental Honors requirements in DARS for you to be officially recognized as a Departmental Honors student.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have been admitted to the UW and have either participated in honors programs at their previous institution or who have strong college academic records are eligible to apply to Interdisciplinary Honors. Transfer student admission to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program is selective, due to limited space availability.

Because Interdisciplinary Honors requires students to complete 47 credits of general education coursework, students who have already earned an Associates degree, or who have fulfilled the UW's Areas of Knowledge requirements through their transfer credits are not eligible to apply. In order to determine this, those interested in entering the Honors Program must wait until they have been admitted to the University of Washington and had their transcript evaluated for UW credit before applying to Honors. Those not eligible for Interdisciplinary Honors may instead be eligible to apply for Departmental Honors in their chosen major(s). Contact the Departmental adviser for admission information and requirements.

Applicants may be able to enroll in some Honors courses before they are formally accepted into the Program. See an Honors adviser regarding which Honors courses might be available to you.