Expand your experience 

The UW Honors Program is a curriculum, a community, and much more! Our students are enthusiastic learners from all backgrounds and majors seeking to expand and deepen their education.

Quick facts

  • There are three Honors options to choose from: Interdisciplinary, College, and Departmental Honors.
  • Honors courses fulfill the UW general education requirements.
  • The Honors curriculum integrates research, leadership, community service and reflection.
  • $1.2 million annually in resident and non-resident scholarships.
  • Honors floors in the residence halls.
  • Students take ~one Honors class per quarter.
  • There is no one type of Honors student. Honors student majors range from English to computer science, psychology to biochemistry, engineering to public health.

How to join Honors

Interdisciplinary Honors Freshman admissions

If applying to the UW as a freshman, you will find the Honors application — consisting of an additional Honors-specific essay — within the UW application. 

The 2024 Honors application essay prompt

Respond to the prompt using no more than 450 words.

We want to understand your desire to learn new things and to push your education outside of the areas of learning that you are most familiar with. Tell us why this type of learning interests you and which subjects you’re excited to explore in college.


Freshman admissions process and timeline:

  • Apply via the UW application by the UW application deadline.
  • The Honors Program reviews applications separately from UW Admissions.
  • You must be admitted to UW to be admitted to the Honors Program.
  • In recent years Honors has received 5,000-7,000 applications per year, admitted approximately 1,100 applicants and enrolled approximately 230 students.
  • Honors holistically evaluates applications.
  • The Honors admission decision has no bearing on the UW decision.
  • The Honors Program sends a separate decision email after you are officially admitted to the UW. Expect to receive a decision email from Honors between March 15 and April 15.