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Societatem Colimus Pro Scientiam Humanitus Enitentes

We cultivate community by striving compassionately for knowledge

What's New in Honors

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Join the Honors Program this summer as we connect and get to know one another before the start of Fall Quarter.

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Explore the Honors Upper-Division Seminar schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Honors at Western

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 perceptions and foster a strong sense of community within each Honors cohort. With an average class size under 18 students, Honors students have great opportunities to interact with each other and their professors. 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. 

Students 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. 

Our Honors Program is structured in a way that provides a graduated, ongoing experience for students as they engage in increasingly sophisticated work while moving through their Western degree. Students in the Honors Program are eligible for HNRS courses and have the opportunity to undertake extended Honors independent study projects in their major fields. Students who complete all the program requirements will receive a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies.

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, 1998-2016) 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.