The Honors Program at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates. Students can pursue Honors as a general education track, as an in-depth program within their majors, or as a combination of the two. Students may apply to the Program as new freshmen, at the end of their first year, or once they've selected a major.

Anjelica Harlow - Partners in the Park

Anjelica Harlow and crew

Check out Honors student Anjelica Harlow’s reflection on her awesome experience in Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO, as well as some beautiful photos from her trip!

"My stay in Gunnison was exciting and adventurous! I learned things I never knew were worth learning. My academics were enriched by the experience, and so was my sense of self. I did things I never thought I would do... things I never wanted to do... and I did things with more grace than I thought I could. It was truly an adventure and one I'll always think fondly upon."

Peer Mentoring Profile - Benjamin Janicki

Ben Janicki

Peer Mentors play an important role in the Honors Program by sharing their experiences and helping students of all ages and majors make decisions throughout their undergraduate careers.

Our currently-highlighted Peer Mentor is Ben Janicki, a senior in Mechanical Engineering who was also an Honors 100 Peer Educator. Say hello!

Read more about Ben and his UW experiences »
Learn more about Honors Peer Mentoring »

Departmental Honors - Dance

Each quarter, the University Honors Program showcases the remarkable work done by Honors students in their majors. While the programs vary from discipline to discipline, most typically conclude in a major research or artistic project and all challenge the students to bring their work to the next level.

Read reflections on Honors in Dance »
Browse Departmental Honors requirements »

Honors Librarian Spotlight - Deborah Pierce

Deb Pierce, UW Libraries

The Honors Librarian Program provides undergraduate Honors students with an introduction to the UW library system and a system of friendly specialists who are interested in supporting students' research needs.

Our currently-featured librarian is Deborah Pierce, a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and instructor for the Honors course "Experiencing the Power of Music."

Read about Deborah's experiences in music and mentorship »
Learn more about the Honors Librarian Program »

The Honors Portfolio

To complete an Interdisciplinary Honors degree, students must compile an online portfolio of their undergraduate experience at UW. Hear some of our recent graduates discuss their portfolios on the uwhuskies YouTube channel.

Special thanks to Kirsten Atik, UAA and Allison Tesch, Honors

Learn more about the Honors Portfolio »
Visit the UW YouTube channel »

  • February 24th, 2014

    Guess what time it is? Time for the 2014 Honors Program Photo Contest! The Honors Program invites you to submit your best photos from your Honors Program study abroad, service, leadership, research, experiential learning program or any other Honors event that occurred this past year.

    This year's theme is: GRATITUDE. Feel free to approach the theme however you'd like, all we ask is that you explain your thoughts in your submission.

    What do you get? Fame and notoriety, of course! Okay, maybe only some notoriety, but possibly fame, and definitely oodles of appreciation! Also, winning photos will be framed and displayed in the Honors reception gallery for at least one year. Submission Deadline is Midnight, March 31, 2014

    Interested? Please follow this link to the submission form and guidelines.

    Questions? Please direct them to Nick Cutlip at

  • January 23rd, 2014

    The University of Washington has named the freshman, sophomore and junior medalists, the most outstanding students in their respective classes, based on academic records for the 2012-13 academic year. All three are participating in Honors at UW!

    • Jeffrey Lee, Interdisciplinary Honors (freshman medalist)
    • Megan Kufeld, Interdisciplinary Honors (sophomore medalist)
    • Connor Lynch, Departmental Honors in Physics (junior medalist)

    Congratulations to all, and stay tuned for the senior medalist(s) to be announced at the end of spring quarter!

    Learn more about the medalists:
    Goalkeeper, photographer and skateboarder awarded president’s medals (UAA News) »
    UW names undergraduate medalists for academic performance (UW Today) »

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