Second Year Admission

For current UW freshmen

The UW Honors Program offers three Honors options to choose from: Interdisciplinary, College, and Departmental 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.

Current UW students may apply for admission to Interdisciplinary Honors during their freshman year, and begin Honors coursework in autumn of their second year at the University of Washington.

Who should apply for second year admission?

Those interested in second year admission to Interdisciplinary Honors must be:

  • UW freshmen (first year) students;
  • Have at least a 3.3 UW cumulative UW GPA or greater;
  • Have not earned an Associates degree or have satisfied the UW’s Areas of Knowledge/Areas of Inquiry general education requirements.
    • Because Interdisciplinary Honors requires students to complete 47 credits of general education coursework, those with an Associate’s degree or completed Areas of Knowledge/Areas of Inquiry 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.

Strong applicants for second year admission demonstrate:

  • knowledge of and interest in the Interdisciplinary Honors curriculum requirements;
  • a history of academic achievement and serving the community;
  • eagerness to learn outside their major;
  • desire to understand the challenges of social justice;
  • interest in leadership roles in confronting global change;
  • familiarity with and/or curious about the complexities of diversity; and
  • desire for a life of continuous learning and personal growth.

We admit those whose essays, educational efforts, aspirations, and attitudes suggest they would gain from and contribute to the Program.

Learn more about who Honors students are

2023 Application Cycle

2023 Second Year admission information will be updated in Autumn 2022. 

Information Sessions

Second Year Admission applicants (currently first year students at UW) are encouraged to attend an information session to learn about the Honors requirements, options, and application process. These sessions are for current UW students.


The Honors Program will offer a limited number of partial tuition awards to 2022 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 2022-2023 academic year.