University of Washington Honors Program

Honors Essay Prompt Tips

  • Honors Essays should add additional information to your UW application – don’t repeat what you’ve already written in your general UW essays. Remember that Honors admissions reviews your entire UW application as part of the holistic review process.
  • Read the prompts carefully and try your best to respond to the whole question.
  • Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear! When students do this, they often end up repeating what we’ve said on our website. We want to learn about you and your individual interests – don’t be afraid to be different!
  • Use the space wisely! Take the time to learn about our program, then answer the prompt with our curriculum in mind.
  • Our essay prompt should not be a list your accomplishments or past achievements
  • Reflection is a core value and component of our curriculum and we are looking for evidence of self reflection in your essays. Reflection can happen in many different ways, but a helpful place to start is to ask more questions that help you dig deeper into the initial prompt. Below we list some additional questions that you may want to consider.

Interdisciplinary Honors 2024 Essay

We want to understand your desire to learn new things and to push your education outside of the areas of learning that you are most familiar with. 

Tell us why this type of learning interests you and which subjects you’re excited to explore in college.

We hope to see students demonstrate that they have done their research and that they understand the program that they are applying for. We want to see evidence of how their values and goals align with those of the UW Honors Program and why they are enthusiastic about joining this community. Here are some questions that may help you reflect more deeply on why you want to be a part of the Interdisciplinary Honors community:

  • In your own words, what do you like about learning and pushing yourself outside your learning comfort zone?
  • How does interdisciplinary learning enhance your understanding of the world?
  • How do you hope to engage with what UW Honors offers to further your education and personal growth?
  • How do you individually connect with the goals and values of the UW Honors Program and why are they important to you?
  • Why does interdisciplinary learning matter to you personally? Why does it matter for our broader world?
  • What have you done in the past that supports what you tell us in your essay? Don’t focus entirely on past experiences, but providing evidence to back up claims you make strengthens your essay.
  • Why are you applying for Interdisciplinary Honors (as opposed to only pursuing Departmental Honors through your major)? If you plan to pursue both Honors pathways, explain what you hope to uniquely gain from pursuing a degree with Interdisciplinary Honors.
  • Why is community important to you, and who do you hope to meet in the Interdisciplinary Honors community?

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