University of Washington Honors Program

Overview

The application for freshman admission to Interdisciplinary Honors 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.

Before you apply to Honors, we recommend you:

Application Information and Instructions

Important Dates

October 1 FAFSA opens for 2019-20
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 email.

May 1 UW and Honors confirmation deadline
June 1-July 1 Final Honors waitlist notification period

Informational Video

This video explains the different Honors pathways available at UW, what an Interdisciplinary Honors experience entails, and how to submit your UW and Honors application materials. Much of the same information is shared in our in-person sessions.

Application Tips

To access and submit 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?”
  • In the UW application, select “Yes” in response to the question “Would you like to apply for admission to Interdisciplinary Honors?” This will open the Honors section and allow you to 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 and Honors application materials. You will receive separate confirmation emails from UW and the Honors Program upon 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.

Honors Essays

The cornerstone of the Honors application is the Honors Essay section. This section, separate from the UW Writing section, requires short essays specific to Interdisciplinary Honors. 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 for 2018-19

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

  1. What is your understanding of the UW Interdisciplinary Honors Program and why do you want to be a part of it?
  2. As you approach college, what are you most curious about and why?

Dos and Don'ts

  • Do exercise creativity, 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 Interdisciplinary Honors Program.
  • Do 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.
  • Do proofread! The UW uses a holistic application review process, as do we – your writing ability is no less important than your grades and scores.
  • Do not send SAT/ACT scores or payments/fees to Honors. Send them instead 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.

Questions?