Since its founding in 1962, Western’s Honors Program has functioned as a small college within a larger university, incorporating the best aspects of both. The small, diverse classes promote thought-provoking discussions that will challenge your perceptions and foster a strong sense of community within your Honors cohort. You can pursue any major, have access to fellowship and internship advising, and have the option to live in an Honors residential cluster. From captaining our national championship rowing team to editing our newspaper to organizing our TedX event, Western Honors students are campus leaders.
Societatem Colimus Pro Scientiam Humanitus Enitentes
We cultivate community by striving compassionately for knowledge
Benefits of the Honors Program
Western’s Honors Program has received recognition as one of the very best in the nation. And, it’s part of Western Washington University, which earns national attention for the overall quality of undergraduate education (U.S. News and World Report, 1998-2016) and top value in public colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2015). Western is also nationally recognized as a leading producer of Student Fulbright Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers, many of whom were WWU Honors Students.
With an average class size of 20 students, Honors students have great opportunities to interact with each other and their professors. This environment promotes a strong sense of community and long-lasting relationships.
The Honors program brings the best students and faculty together. Faculty enjoy teaching Honors courses due to the small size, spirit of curricular innovation, and exceptionally bright, motivated students.
Honors students come from all over the United States and abroad. They bring a wide range of perspectives, interests, and talents with them, which enhances the quality of everyone’s education.