Freshman Application Instructions

For autumn 2018 admission

Navigation tip for Autumn 2018: To get to the Honors application questions, you must:

  • Complete the Coalition Profile;
  • Add the University of Washington to your list of colleges/universities;
  • Complete the UW application through the Personal Statement and Short Response section;
  • After the UW essay prompts, click the "Yes" button next to the question labeled "Would you like to apply for admission to Interdisciplinary Honors?"
Important Dates
October 1 FAFSA opens for 2018

November 15

UW Application due; an email will be sent to you from uwhonors@uw.edu acknowledging your application

January 15

Priority FAFSA filing date

March 1-15

UW notification period

March 19-April 13

If you are admitted to UW: UW Honors notification period

If you are offered an Honors scholarship, an additional award notification will be included with your Honors admission notification.

May 1

UW and Honors confirmation deadline

June 1-July 1

Final Honors waitlist notification period

Overview

The Interdisciplinary Honors admission application is integrated into your UW Undergraduate Application, but has a separate evaluation process and additional required materials. You must complete and submit all of the regular UW Admissions and all of the Honors application materials to be considered for Interdisciplinary Honors.

Getting started

Applying

  • Select "Yes" next to the question in the UW application labeled "Would you like to apply for admission to Interdisciplinary Honors?" This will open the Honors section where you will respond to our essay prompts. If you no longer wish to apply to Honors at any point, you must un-select this button to proceed.
  • Complete and submit the UW application. You will receive confirmation emails from both UW and the Honors Program confirming your submission.
  • Check your email - UW Honors uses the email address in your UW application as our primary method of contact, including our final decision letters and scholarship offers. If you set up an "@uw.edu" address, it will take priority. If you have not received any confirmation emails, please check your spam/trash folders first, then contact us at uwhonors@uw.edu.

Things to avoid

  • Do not send SAT/ACT scores or payments/fees to Honors - send them to UW Admissions.
  • Do not send transcripts to Honors unless specifically requested.
  • Do not send any supplemental materials (recommendations, news articles, resumes, digital media, etc.) - these will be discarded upon receipt.

Honors Essays

The cornerstone of the Honors application is the Honors Essay Section. In this section you are required to submit short essays which are separate from the UW Writing Section. Your responses will be evaluated on content as well as form (spelling, grammar, and punctuation).

Your essays should be original, thoughtful, and concise. Do not copy previous essays from your UW application or materials found on the UW Honors Program web site. Draw on your best qualities as a writer and thinker; academic risk-taking is a core value of the Honors Program, so take some risks and be honest. Tell us who you are and how your story is unique. Work on the essays early, remembering that concise and eloquent writing is both difficult and powerful. Have someone proofread your writing but don't let a proofreader erase your unique voice.

Essay Prompts

Respond to the essay prompts using no more than 300 words each.

  1. The word “Honors” means different things at different universities. Why do you want to be a part of Interdisciplinary Honors at the University of Washington?
  2. If you could pull together any two living people and listen to their conversation, who would they be and why?

Tips for the Honors Essays

  • Write, edit, and proofread your essays in a separate program (such as MS Word, Google Docs, etc.), then copy/paste the text into your application.
  • Remember your audience. The UW is a large and diverse public institution. The people evaluating your application may not have the same political, moral, or religious beliefs you do. Diverse viewpoints are desired in the academic world. Consider this as you frame your essay.
  • Proofread! The UW uses a holistic application review process, as do we - your writing ability is no less important than your grades and scores.
  • Finally, be creative, and be yourself! This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to us. Let us see who you are and what makes you tick. Demonstrate what qualities you would contribute to the Honors Program.

 

Recommendation Form

The UW Honors Program is not requiring or accepting recommendations for Autumn 2018 freshman admission.

Mailing Address

99.9% of UW Honors Program applications are submitted online. Any Honors application materials submitted on paper must include a copy of your entire UW application and be sent directly to the Honors Program office, which is separate from UW Admissions:

University of Washington Honors Program
211 Mary Gates Hall
Box 352800
Seattle, WA 98195-2800