Freshman Application

Frequently-Asked Questions

Incoming Freshmen, 2014

  • Total applications: 2,529
  • Admitted to Honors: 832
  • Enrolled in UW Honors: 225
  • Highschool GPA (middle 50%): 3.87-4.00
  • SAT (middle 50%): 1950-2200
  • ACT (middle 50%): 30-33

Top Prospective Majors

  1. Computer Science & Engineering
  2. Biology
  3. Business Administration
  4. Bioengineering
  5. Neurobiology
  6. Biochemistry
  7. Chemistry
  8. English
  9. Psychology
  10. Law, Societies, and Justice
  11. International Studies
  12. Chemical Engineering
  13. History
  14. Public Health
  15. Mathematics
  16. Physics
  17. Economics
  18. Mechanical Engineering
  19. Political Science

We hope that most of your questions can be answered here. Please select from the list below to jump down to a question.

  1. Have you received my recommendation form?
  2. What do you look for in an applicant?
  3. I have a GPA of 3.7 and an SAT of 1800 - should I still apply to Honors?
  4. I'm definitely applying to the Honors Program, do I need to apply to the UW as well?
  5. I'm trying to apply to the UW Honors Program, but I cannot find that part of the online application - what am I doing wrong?
  6. How much does your application cost?
  7. I submitted my application before the deadline! Will I receive notification sooner than my friends who submitted just in time for the final deadline?
  8. Do you participate in Early Decision?
  9. I heard back from the UW already, but nothing from Honors - what's up?
  10. How do I know that my application is complete?
  11. Are the essay topics the same every year?
  12. May I write my Honors Essay in a foreign language?
  13. Can I come in for a tour of Honors?
  14. Can I visit an Honors class?
  15. I'm not sure Honors is right for me - can I talk with an adviser?
  16. Are there Honors scholarships that I can apply for?
  17. Harvard is giving me a big scholarship, but I really want to go to the UW - can you offer me a competitive scholarship?
  18. Can I just respond to you, or do I need to accept the UW as well?
  19. I decided I don't want to be in the Honors Program anymore, but I still want to go to the UW! Will declining Honors affect my acceptance to the University?
  20. Can I defer my enrollment in Honors?
  21. Are Honors students all pre-med students, or can English majors be in Honors too?
  22. Is there an Honors housing option?
  23. Will I get to register early if I'm in the Honors Program?
  24. My question wasn't answered here! Who can I talk to for more information?

1. Have you received my recommendation form?

  • Online - If your recommender submits your recommendation via the ApplyWeb.com website, you will be able to verify receipt on your ApplyWeb account page. Email confirmations will be sent to you and your recommender when the recommendation has been submitted.
  • Paper - If your recommender submits the Honors recommendation form by mail, it must be sent to us in a sealed envelope and his/her written responses must be printed on school/organization letterhead for verification purposes.

Any Honors application materials submitted by mail must come directly to the Honors office:

University Honors Program
211 Mary Gates Hall
Box 352800
Seattle, WA 98195

2. What do you look for in an applicant?

A. Because applications to the UW Honors Program are read and evaluated on an individual basis, there are no hard-and-fast rules for an Honors applicant. All applications from students who apply to the Honors Program and have been admitted to the UW will be reviewed. We encourage both in-state and out-of-state applicants to apply. We seek students who are curious about how their skills and talents, combined with the challenges of a rigorous, interdisciplinary Honors curriculum, can open new and often unexpected doors. The Program is academically competitive - the middle 50th percentile ranges for autumn 2014 freshmen are a 3.87-4.00 high school GPA and a 1950-2200 SAT composite.

3. I have a GPA of 3.7 and an SAT of 1800 - should I still apply to Honors?

A. Yes! While your academic record is very important in your Honors Application, we also place a lot of weight on the Honors Essays, the UW Personal Statement, and your extracurricular activities. Students admitted to the UW Honors Program have a variety of academic and personal experiences. If you are interested in the Honors Program we encourage you to apply.

4. I'm definitely applying to the Honors Program, do I need to apply to the UW as well?

A. Yes. The Honors Program application is a part of the UW Freshman application.

5. I'm trying to apply to the UW Honors Program, but I cannot find that part of the online application - what am I doing wrong?

A. You will be able to access the Honors Program section of the UW application only if you check the box on page 9 of the UW online application. This will activate the Honors application section. If you change your mind and do not want to apply for the Honors Program, simply un-check the box on the top of page 9.

6. How much does your application cost?

A. There is no additional fee to apply to the UW Honors Program.

7. I submitted my application before the deadline! Will I receive notification sooner than my friends who submitted just in time for the final deadline?

A. No, you will not hear back any earlier. Like the regular UW admissions notifications, the Honors Program pools our decision letters. See our freshman application instructions for specific dates.

8. Do you participate in Early Decision?

A. No. There is no Early Decision in the Honors Program.

9. I heard back from the UW already, but nothing from Honors - what's up?

A. UW Admissions and Honors Program Admissions are two separate processes. We cannot admit students to the Honors Program until they have been admitted to the UW, so you will not hear from us until after you have heard from the UW.

10. How do I know that my application is complete?

A. If you have submitted your UW application, you will be invited to set up a UW NetID account where you will be able to view your application's status online. We will also send you an email notification when your Honors Program application is complete and when your recommendation form has been completed. For specific dates, please see our freshman application instructions.

11. Are the essay topics the same every year?

A. No, the Honors essay topics are different every year. Be sure to check back in the fall for new essay topics.

12. May I write my Honors Essay in a foreign language?

A. No. All applicants are required to write their essays in English. We do not have any translators available for the application review process.

13. Can I come in for a tour of Honors?

A. You are welcome to arrange an appointment with an Honors adviser or speak with our student staff, and the UW offers UW campus tours to prospective students and their families, but the Honors Program does not host its own tours.

14. Can I visit an Honors class?

A. Yes, but you must contact an Honors adviser at least two weeks in advance! Let the adviser know which course you are interested in visiting. Because Honors courses are smaller than many UW classes we like to check in with the professor prior to your visit to make sure that it is an appropriate time to observe the course. Also, once students are accepted to the Program they are matched with a Peer Mentor. It is possible to arrange to visit a class with your Peer Mentor, but they will need to get instructor permission. We do not arrange visits to non-Honors courses, but the UW has a drop-in course list that allows you to visit other types of UW classes.

15. I'm not sure Honors is right for me - can I talk with an adviser?

A. Absolutely! Fill out our prospective student appointment form and we will help direct you to one of our advisers or arrange an appointment to meet in our office.

16. Are there Honors scholarships that I can apply for?

A. Your application to the Honors Program also acts as your application for any Honors scholarships for incoming freshmen. Our review committee selects eligible applicants for scholarships and if you are awarded one you will be notified by mail at the same time or shortly after you are notified about your admission to the Honors Program. You must apply to the Honors Program and remain in good academic standing to remain eligible for our scholarships.

17. Harvard is giving me a big scholarship, but I really want to go to the UW - can you offer me a competitive scholarship?

A. We offer a limited number of scholarships and tuition waivers to our incoming freshmen based on the merit of their Honors Program applications.

18. Can I just respond to you, or do I need to accept the UW as well?

A. You must accept and respond to both the Honors Program and the UW Admissions office in order to be enrolled in the UW Honors Program for the fall.

19. I decided I don't want to be in the Honors Program anymore, but I still want to go to the UW! Will declining Honors affect my acceptance to the University?

A. No! You can accept the UW and decline the Honors Program without any problems.

20. Can I defer my enrollment in Honors?

A. We cannot defer enrollment into the Honors Program. We invite you to re-apply to the Program for the year that you would like to attend.

21. Are Honors students all pre-med students, or can English majors be in Honors too?

A. We have students from almost every major in the Program, from Ceramics to Electrical Engineering (and some students double majoring in both!). Honors can work with any major. If you have concerns, be sure to talk with one of our advisers about different academic options and how Honors can work for you.

22. Is there an Honors housing option?

A. Yes, there is! Honors Community housing is located in both Alder and Hagget Hall. It can be a great way to meet fellow Honors students and begin to form a community. We also have plenty of students who choose not to live in the Honors House, but they are still invited to attend events there and have a lot of fun in their own residence hall communities. You will receive more information about the Honors House in your invitation packet, or check out the Housing and Food Services website for more information about all of the special interest housing options.

23. Will I get to register early if I'm in the Honors Program?

A. No, registration priority is determined by class standing, even for Honors students.

24. My question wasn't answered here! Who can I talk to for more information?

A. You are welcome to call our office with additional questions. Our phone number is 206-543-7444, and we are open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm. We are not open on the weekends. If you are unable to contact us during our normal hours, you can send us an email at uwhonors@uw.edu, and we will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

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211 Mary Gates Hall : Box 352800 : Seattle, WA 98195-2800
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uwhonors@uw.edu
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