Applying to Honors

Paths and Procedures

Entering freshman applicants apply to the University of Washington and to Interdisciplinary Honors simultaneously - the Honors application is integrated into the UW Freshman Application.

Director's Letter to Counselors
Frequently-Asked Questions

Students who are already enrolled at the UW may apply for Second Year Admission into the Interdisciplinary Honors program during spring quarter of their freshman year. Each spring quarter, we accept applications from current freshmen and issue invitations to those who have demonstrated academic excellence during their first two quarters at the university. If you believe this option best fits your needs, please contact an Honors adviser for more information.

Another way to experience Honors is through your major. Typically, students apply for departmental admission in their junior year of college, although some majors have earlier entrance options. Departmental Honors is an excellent option, providing academic challenges and scholarly community similar to the Honors Core experience. Once you have been admitted to a Departmental Honors program, your departmental adviser must activate your Departmental Honors requirements in DARS for you to be officially recognized as a Departmental Honors student. Please see the Honors Curriculum page for more information about this Honors track.

Transfer students who have been admitted to the UW and have either participated in honors programs at their previous institution or who have strong college academic records are eligible to apply to Interdisciplinary Honors. Transfer student admission to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program is selective, due to limited space availability.

Because Interdisciplinary Honors requires students to complete 47 credits of general education coursework, students who have already earned an Associates degree, or who have fulfilled the UW's Areas of Knowledge requirements through their transfer credits are not eligible to apply. In order to determine this, those interested in entering the Honors Program must wait until they have been admitted to the University of Washington and had their transcript evaluated for UW credit before applying to Honors. Those not eligible for Interdisciplinary Honors may instead be eligible to apply for Departmental Honors in their chosen major(s). Contact the Departmental adviser for admission information and requirements.

Applicants may be able to enroll in some Honors courses before they are formally accepted into the Program. See an Honors adviser regarding which Honors courses might be available to you.