Freshman Application Instructions

For autumn 2017 admission

The dates and instructions listed on this page are subject to change before the autumn 2018 UW freshman application opens.

Important Dates
October 1 FAFSA opens for 2017

December 1

UW Application due; an email will be sent to you from acknowledging your application

January 15

Priority FAFSA filing date

March 15-31

UW notification period

March 22-April 14

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


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


  • Check the box in section 9 of the UW online application, labeled "Yes, I would like to apply to the Honors Program". 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-check this box 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 "" address, it will take priority. If you have not received any confirmation emails, please check your spam/trash folders first, then contact us.

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, be honest, and have fun. Tell us who you are and how your story is unique. Work on the essay early, remembering that concise and eloquent writing is both difficult and powerful. Have someone edit your writing but don't let an editor erase your unique voice.

Essay Prompts

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

  1. The Honors Program’s core curriculum is comprised of interdisciplinary courses, experiential learning, and reflection via a portfolio. Why do you think an interdisciplinary education is important and how do you think it will impact your undergraduate experience?
  2. What global challenge keeps you up at night? What is your responsibility towards meeting that challenge?

Tips for the Honors Essays

  • If you are applying online, write, edit, and proofread your essay in a separate word-processing program before you are ready to complete the 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, have fun! 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. Be creative, and be yourself!


Recommendation Form

The UW Honors Program is not requiring or accepting recommendations for Autumn 2017 freshman admission.

Mailing Address

Any Honors application materials submitted on paper must 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