Many of our incoming Honors freshmen arrive with college credit earned through AP tests, IB exams, or Running Start courses. These credits may count toward some of your General Education requirements:
- English Composition
- Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR)
- Foreign Language
- Prerequisite courses for your intended department or major
However, these credits cannot be used toward completion of the Honors Core requirements (which overlap the UW's Areas of Knowledge requirement) - instead, they will likely fulfill your General Elective requirements.
Should I Still Apply to Honors?
Generally, students entering the University with less than 45 of these types of credits will still choose to participate in the full College Honors Program. However, if a student has completed the majority of their general education requirements (45-90 credits) or earned an associates degree, Departmental Honors may be the best option for him or her. Students in this situation should meet with an Honors Adviser to discuss whether they should complete Full College Honors or Departmental Honors.
Links to UW Policies
For the University of Washington Advanced Placement Credit Policies:
For the University of Washington International Baccalaureate Policies: