Second Year Admission

For current UW freshmen

Freshmen at the University of Washington may apply to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program for second year admission after winter quarter of their first year at UW. Applicants should demonstrate an alignment with the goals of Interdisciplinary Honors and academic excellence during their first two quarters at the university. Students accepted via Second Year admission will begin Honors coursework in autumn of their second year at the University of Washington.

The Second Year admission deadline has passed for 2020. Please check this website in late autumn 2020 for information about the 2021 process and application.

Second Year Admission Information

Who is a good fit for Interdisciplinary Honors?

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.


  • Only freshmen (first year) students are eligible to apply for Second Year Admissions.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.3 UW cumulative UW GPA in Autumn and Winter quarter coursework. Applications are due 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.

Information Sessions

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn about the Honors requirements and options.

2020 Second Year admission information sessions:

  • Coming in late autumn 2020

Request a prospective student appointment


The application is due March 24, 2020 at 9:00 am.

Apply for Second Year Admission to Interdisciplinary Honors


The Honors Program will offer a limited number of partial tuition awards to 2020 applicants for Second Year admission. All applicants will be considered for these awards; no additional materials need to be provided, and none will be reviewed. These awards will be applied to the 2020-2021 academic year.