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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.

What's New in Honors

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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.

Photo of Old Main in the snow with a blue filter. Text reads "Experience Western Honors".

Saturday, February 25

At Experience Western Honors, you will explore what it means to be an Honors College student at Western, attend an Honors class related to your academic interests, and have the opportunity to connect with Honors College faculty, the Honors College Director, and student leaders. Your parents and/or interested family members are also welcome to attend!

A blue filter over a photo of a tablet with a presentation displayed on the screen with a notebook and pens. Text reads "WWU Honors Senior Capstone Symposia".

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

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.

Honors College Main Office

Old Main 330
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9112