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Societatem Colimus Pro Scientiam Humanitus Enitentes

We cultivate community by striving compassionately for knowledge

Honors at Western

Since its founding in 1962, WWU Honors 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. Honors provides a graduated, ongoing experience for you to engage in increasingly sophisticated work while moving through your Western degree. From captaining our national championship rowing team to editing newspapers to organizing our TEDx event, Western Honors students are campus leaders.

National Recognition

WWU Honors 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, 1998-2021) and top value in public colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2019). Western is also nationally recognized as a leading producer of Student Fulbright Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers, many of whom were WWU Honors Students.

Honors Highlights

Schedule a visit with the Honors College

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Prospective Students

Learn more about Western's Honors College and observe first-hand what Honors classes are like.

Apply to Honors for 2024-2025

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Prospective Students

Apply to join the Honors College for the 2024-2025 academic year! Learn more about the supplemental application and submit your materials.

Fall 2023 Capstone Presentations

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Mark your calendar for Fall Quarter Senior Capstone presentations! Scheduled from Thursday, December 7 to Wednesday, December 13, we have 22 incredible presentations. Fall presentations will be in person in Old Main 330 classrooms with a Zoom option. To arrange your virtual attendance at any presentation, please email Honors@wwu.edu to request the Zoom link.

Honors College Main Office

Old Main 330 | MS 9112
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9112
honors@wwu.edu (preferred method of communication)