Director’s Advice to potential applicants

to prospective students, families, and counselors

Cherry Blossoms on the Quad
Cherry Blossoms on the Quad during Spring

2021 has been another challenging year for everyone, and we know the college application process will again be more stressful than usual for students. As prospective students who are considering applying to the University of Washington Honors Program during the upcoming year, we hope the below information will help you decide if we are a good fit for your educational goals.

Honors at the UW is an innovative space and collaborative community engaged in intentional interdisciplinary exploration. Students can pursue Honors in three ways: as a general education track; an in-depth program within their majors; or as a combination of the two. There are also several ways to apply. Students may apply as new freshmen, after two quarters at UW, as transfer students, or once they’ve selected a major.

Honors is a curriculum, a community, and much more. In Honors you’ll fulfill your general education requirements in small classes with faculty from across campus; be supported through international study, community service, leadership and research; access Honors scholarships and advisers; participate in events that center our students, and ask and answer bold questions about the challenges facing our world. Our students are enthusiastic learners from all backgrounds and majors earning their degrees at one of the top public universities in the world.

We seek students whose application shows commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, experiential engagement, and reflection, as well as a demonstrated history of academic achievement and community engagement.  We invite those who seek to understand challenges of social justice; who want to take leadership roles in confronting global change; are keen to take intellectual risks; who are familiar with and/or curious about the complexities of intersectional equity and diversity; and who value a life of continuous learning and personal growth.

In order to find these applicants, we read applications carefully, considering all materials in a thorough and holistic review. We do not accept or review standardized test scores, and we ultimately admit those whose efforts, experiences, aspirations, and attitudes toward education suggest that they would gain most from, and contribute to, the Honors community.

If this curriculum and community sounds interesting, learn more here. It is my hope that this information will help students decide if what we are offering suits both their short- and long-term goals.

Finally, please take a glance at what some of our graduates have achieved; our students are truly remarkable and inspire our work and commitment to lifelong learning.

Sincerely yours,

Victoria Lawson

Director of Honors

Professor of Geography