Honors Student Life

Imagine Yourself in UW Honors!

Imagine Yourself in UW Honors!

Bryan Djunaedi with cake at the Honors Open House

New students and their families receive a warm welcome! (featured here: Bryan Djunedi ’15)

UW Honors students come from all walks of life but have one very important thing in common: a love of learning! Interdisciplinary Honors Students join the program as incoming freshman or through second year admissions and progress as a cohort through years of undergraduate study across multiple disciplines. Departmental Honors Students join the community when they commit to deeper research and rigorous study within their chosen major(s).

The best way to learn what it is like to be a student here and Honors (other than to become one) is to talk to someone about it! Honors advisers, current students, and alumni of our Program are always excited to help prospective students.

Honors student housing on campus

On admission to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, students are invited to consider taking up residents in the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) on campus. Housed in Terry Hall, the Honors LLC is especially enriching for newer students eager to build friendships within their Honors cohort. In surveys, students who live in the Honors LLC used words like “enriching”, “social”, “awesome”, and “transformative” to describe the experience. More than 80% of students attributed greater academic success and feeling connected to a group of peers to living in the Honors LLC.

Learn More About the Honors Living Learning Community

Honors LLC residents enjoyed pizza
Honors LLC residents enjoyed pizza with UW President Cauce and Honors Program Director Vicky Lawson at a private event in May of 2016.

Honors Events

UW Honors hosts and sponsors events, outings, and workshops each year to foster a joyfully inclusive culture of lifelong learning. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and friends from beyond the University get together to think big, explore the city, the country, the world.

UW Honors Current and Past Events

Graduate Profiles

Another great way to learn about the student experience at UW Honors is to hear from our graduates. You can see hundreds of profiles from the past few years of students as they were preparing to graduate with Honors. Each profile explains how Honors contributed to their growth and contains advice for current students.

“Honors has been the most important part of my in-class experience. Through the Honors program, I participated in a meaningful Study Abroad program, completed a creative project that led me to redefine my passions completely, and discovered interests that led me to my current goals and aspirations.”

Rosalie Bigongiari (’16)

View Profiles of UW Honors Graduates

Honorary Societies

(Honors societies are not affiliated with the Honors Program, though many of our students participate)
Overview of Honors Societies at UW

The University of Washington has many local chapters for honorary societies. The HUB’s Registered Student Organization (RSO) website is the best place to find comprehensive listings and contact information for these groups. The UW Honors Program does not have any direct affiliation with these societies; please contact the campus representative with any questions you may have.

If you’ve been invited to join an honor society, be sure to research the organization before joining or submitting any membership fees. There are many online resources available that will help you determine if a particular honor society is right for you.

If you are still in doubt, contact the University of Washington campus representative of that honor society, who should be named in your letter of invitation.

Baccalaureate honor requirements

Baccalaureate honor (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) requirements vary by school/college and are based on cumulative GPA. Please visit the UW Seattle Baccalaureate Honor GPA Requirements page for cutoffs, updated annually. This distinction is automatically awarded by the UW Registrar as degrees are processed, and has no connection with the University Honors Program.