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Applications for Current Students

Are you a UW student interested in joining the Honors College? Honors encourages strong and ambitious UW students to apply. The Honors College provides a rich opportunity to enhance your major studies, give you independent research experience, and foster relationships throughout your time at UW. Just follow the instructions below to apply and become a part of the Honors College community.  


For acceptance in the Honors College as a current UW student, please ensure you meet the following requirements: 

For students joining the College with the above record, the Honors College curriculum is: one non-western Honors seminar, two upper-division Honors seminars, and the senior capstone project. If you have questions about requirements to graduate with Honors, please email

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For acceptance in the Honors College please complete the following two bulleted components. Applications with missing materials may not be considered. This is a rolling admissions process. 

  • Complete the Change of Major form designating the Honors College Minor by “adding a Minor.” 

  • Complete the Essay/Project Application Prompts

Email your application to You will be notified of your Admissions status once your application has been reviewed.

Essay/Project Submission Application Prompts

Your Honors application allows you to tell us who you really are. Please share aspects of yourself that will help us understand what motivates you, how you want to grow as an individual, and how you want to contribute to the Honors College and the world. 

This part of  the application consists of two parts. Please complete both parts. 

PART I: Why UW Honors 

Please write an essay of 100-150 words answering the following question: 

Based on your preliminary review of the UW Honors College curriculum, requirements and opportunities, (or your visit if you were able to do so!), what aspects of the program appeal to you most?  


PART II: What makes you tick 

Please choose one (1) prompt from Option A or Option B:   

Option A: 

Write an essay of 250-500 words based on one (1) of the following prompts.  


  1. Describe a problem you've solved or would like to solve. It can be a personal or intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma, or a community concern. Explain the problem’s significance, what challenges it poses, and what steps you took or could take to solve it.  please also discuss the impact of your solution. 

  2. Please share a meaningful quotation from a book, a song, a film, etc., and explain why it is important to you. How does it express who you are or hope to become?  

  3. Choose one of the following quotations and explain how it fits with your thinking. Please refer to the quotation and also feel free to go beyond it: 

“It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.” (Claude Bernard, scientist) 

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” (Marian Wright Edelman, children’s rights activist) 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” (Anne Frank, diarist and Holocaust victim)

Option B: 

As an alternative to an essay, please share a short video, power point, or presentation in some other modality of a project you have completed, either individually or as part of a group, that you are proud of and that demonstrates your commitment to one or more of the following Honors priorities: 

  • creative thinking 

  • critical thinking 

  • problem solving  

  • innovation and change  

  • out-of-the-box approaches 

  • making the world a better place. 

Make sure your presentation communicates both the nature of the project and your understanding of what it says about you. Please also submit a 100-word explanation along with your presentation. 

Please provide a link to your submission via YouTube, Vimeo, or a shared cloud drive file or folder in your 100 word explanation. For videos or audios, the maximum length is 4 minutes.



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Are you a new first-time incoming Freshman or new incoming Transfer Student?  Please apply to the Honors College through the Freshman/Transfer Student Application.
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