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Admission to the Honors College

Admission to WWU Honors is completed through a supplemental application process and is selective. Any student applying to WWU or admitted to WWU can apply to WWU Honors. Competitive Honors applicants clearly demonstrate a passion for challenging themselves in the classroom. All applications completed by the March deadline will be thoroughly reviewed, applications completed by the early January deadline will receive priority consideration.

The Honors College at WWU uses rolling admissions to evaluate and admit students as applications are received.  While uncommon, we may fill our cohort prior to the March 5 regular admissions deadline, so it is advised to apply early. We are currently still accepting applications for the Fall 2022 cohort; updates about space will be posted in real-time on this page.

Priority Deadline - January 3, 2022

The priority deadline for the 2022 Honors application is January 3, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PST. All on-time, complete applications received by the priority deadline will be reviewed for a final decision or rolled into regular admissions review by late-February. 

Regular Admission Deadline - March 5, 2022

The regular admission deadline for the 2022 Honors application is March 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PST. All on-time, complete applications will receive a final decision no later than early-April.

Application Steps

  1. Complete Western Washington University's general application through Slate or through the Coalition Application.
  2. Complete the Honors application linked below. The login will be the same account you used to submit your WWU application. The Honors application requires the following: 

Submit a sample of your best, analytical academic written work. The analytical writing sample should be an academic writing piece that provides an analysis or logical reasoning response for the committee to review. Although we do not need to see the graded work, we do ask that you refrain from updating your writing sample and submit your original work for the committee’s review.

Submit a personal essay answering both of the below prompts on a single document. This may be written as a single essay, in which the word count does not exceed 600 words. Or you may answer the prompts separately (but on the same document) keeping to a 300-word limit per prompt.

  • What excites you about learning? Upon reviewing our website, what excites you the most about learning in the WWU Honors community?
  • Share your personal perspective on what it means to be an intellectual, based both on where you've come from and where you plan to go; but also what roles you believe intellectuals play and what responsibilities they have in the vitality of our shared communities.

Letter(s) of recommendation from a teacher or counselor are highly recommended but not required.

The Honors admissions team has access and will review all materials you submit to WWU - including letters of recommendation submitted with your general application. With that in mind, it is more beneficial for you to submit different letters of recommendation than the ones you have already sent to WWU.

3. Continue to check your email for regular and important updates.