Graphic of Edens Hall, the seal of the Honors Program with the Honors saying "Societatem Colimus Pro Scientiam Humanitus Enitentes" encompassing it

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.

What's New in Honors

Schedule a visit with the Honors College

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Learn more about what it means to participate in the Honors College and observe first-hand what Honors classes are like.

Honors in Greece - Application is Open!

Acropolis of Athens

In the new Honors Global Learning Class Cluster Greeks, Gender, and Geology, your first term at WWU can include 2 weeks in Athens, Greece. This is only for Fall Quarter and only for first-year Honors students!

From the Amazon to the Galapagos

Students get ready to board the bus to a trailhead in the small town of Cotacachi north of Quito.

Learn more about the 2022 Honors study abroad trip to Ecuador through photos and video.

Spring 2023 Capstone Presentations

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The Honors Senior Capstone Symposia is where our graduating seniors present their capstone projects.

Honors College Main Office

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