If you are planning to visit Western’s campus and would like to sit in on an Honors class or talk with the Director of Honors or a current student, please contact Kiersten Horton at (360) 650-3034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to Honors is selective, but there is no set formula for admission; all completed applications will be thoroughly reviewed. Most students admitted to Honors have at least a 3.5 GPA and have challenged themselves with a selection of Honors, AP, IB, and/or college courses. The middle 50% SAT scores are 1330-1430 (ACT 29-33), but overall our admissions committee is looking for students who will be interesting for each other, inspirational for each other, supportive for each other, and challenging for each other.
For admission purposes, there is no minimum GPA requirement.
Honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for the last 90 graded credits of university-level work.
Yes. While most students enter Honors as incoming freshman, admission is open to transfer students and current Western students.
Freshman and sophomore classes average around 25 with a maximum of 30, while upper-division seminars generally enroll 12-15 students.
Typically about 20-30% of the the courses a student will take at WWU will be through the Honors Program.
Most of the Honors classes are not extra. They allow students to complete General Education requirements in an Honors setting—intimate and intellectual. Honors courses focus on writing, discussion, and problem solving.
All freshmen in Honors take a year-long sequence of classes in “Major Cultural Traditions.” The sequence begins in the Ancient West and can end in China, Africa, the Caribbean, or another non-Western corner of the world. This series amounts to one class per quarter during the student’s first year.
Honors students also complete at least two additional Honors General University Requirement (GUR) courses, primarily during their freshman and sophomore year. These courses help students satisfy Western’s graduation requirements in small classroom settings.
Students in Honors take at least two junior level seminars on a broad range of topics. Past seminars include:
- Science and the Poetic Imagination
- Stuff: You are What You Own
- Blue Gold: Fighting over Water in the West and in the World
The capstone experience for all Honors students is a Senior Project. Senior Projects are designed by the student with the support of one or more faculty members. Past senior project titles include:
- Women in the Woods
- Proteins: They Aren’t Just a Health Fad
- A Natural History of the Colony Creek Wilderness Area
Western does grant college credit for AP exams with a score of 3 or higher, and Higher Level IB exams. For specific details about the amount and type of credit awarded, see the Admissions website. In order to receive this credit, you must have your official scores sent to the Office of Admissions.
Sometimes community college coursework can replace part of the first year sequence. However, all students are required to take the first quarter of the sequence, as it helps them connect with their Honors cohort and gets them to approach academic material in new ways. Many students continue on in the sequence even if it is not required, because they find it enjoyable and challenging. To discuss your personal situation, get in touch with Dr. Scott Linneman, Director of the Honors Program at (360) 650-3446 or email@example.com.
Yes. Honors students can request housing in an Honors Cluster or with another Honors student. See About for more information.
Students who are admitted and choose to enroll in Honors will receive priority consideration for merit-based Presidential Scholarships ranging from $1,000-$4,000 per year for one or two years. A scholarship application is not required to receive this funding.
Western participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, which allows select high-achieving, non-resident freshmen from western states to enroll at Western for substantially reduced tuition.
National Merit Finalists are awarded $10,000 (combination of National Merit scholarship and Presidential scholarship funding) distributed over four years. Students must submit documentation from the National Merit Corporation verifying finalist status to the Admissions Office.
To explore other scholarships available to incoming students, check out the Scholarship Center.
WWU offers many study abroad options, including Honors Global Learning programs that allow students to complete Honors requirements abroad, such as our 2017 summer program in Ecuador. Honors students can explore opportunities through Western’s International Programs and Exchanges office. The options for studying away from Western’s campus are numerous and varied in region, duration, expense, academic offerings, language requirements, and living arrangements.