Second Year Admission

For current UW freshmen

Are you a good fit for Interdisciplinary Honors?

Freshmen at the University of Washington may apply to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program for second year admission prior to spring quarter of their first year at UW. The Interdisciplinary Honors curriculum explores diverse ways of thinking across disciplines and encourages students to see the relationships between their academic pursuits and the rest of their personal and professional lives. In addition to featuring small and engaging interdisciplinary Honors courses, we emphasize the importance of experiential learning, reflection, and a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of knowledge, a process facilitated by a portfolio.

During the second year admission process we seek students whose application materials indicate a commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, experiential engagement, and reflection, as well as a demonstrated history of academic achievement and serving the community. We invite those who are keen to take intellectual risks; who seek to understand challenges of social justice; who want to take leadership roles in confronting global change; who are familiar with and/or curious about the complexities of diversity; and who value a life of continuous learning and personal growth. We ultimately admit those whose educational efforts, aspirations, and attitudes suggest they would gain from and contribute to the Program.

Students who may not have initially considered an Honors education, but are eager to think in complex ways about global challenges and take action in the world, are encouraged to apply to the Program. The UW Honors Program offers a platform for inquisitive, engaged students who will take up the challenge through the lens of their own diverse experiences. We evaluate applications broadly, looking to understand the entirety of the student’s experiences represented in those pages, and we are eager to ensure our community represents and includes complex and dynamic perspectives necessary to true scholarship.

The Honors Program will offer a limited number of tuition awards to 2017 applicants for Second Year admission.  All applicants will be considered for these awards - no additional materials need to be provided. These awards will be applied to the 2017-2018 academic year. 


Applicants must have at least a 3.3 UW cumulative UW GPA in Autumn and Winter quarter coursework. Applications are due the day before Winter quarter grades are posted. Please do not wait to complete your application until grades are posted -- but know that your cumulative GPA must be 3.3 or higher to be considered for second year admission. Because Interdisciplinary Honors requires students to complete 47 credits of general education coursework, students who have earned an Associate's degree or have satisfied the UW's Areas of Knowledge general education requirements are not eligible to apply. You may instead be eligible to apply for Departmental Honors in your chosen major. Contact your departmental adviser for admission information and requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions to learn about the Honors requirements and options. Students accepted via second year admission will complete the Interdisciplinary Honors curriculum and begin Honors coursework in autumn of their second year at the University of Washington.

The 2017 Second Year admission information sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, 1/11, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in MGH 211B
  • Tuesday, 2/7 , from 9:30 - 10:20 a.m. in MGH 211B
  • Monday, 3/6, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in MGH 211B

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, you may schedule an individual appointment with an Honors adviser.

The online application and resume/CV dropbox are now available. Both components are due by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Please contact us at with any questions.