FAQs

If you have questions that aren't answered here, you can reach us at honors@wwu.edu or at 360-650-3034.

First-years, Running Start, current Western students, and transfer students are all welcome to apply!

Admission to Honors does not have GPA or SAT/ACT minimums. Our admissions committee looks for students who are engaged learners with diverse experiences and will contribute to the classroom conversation. If you are a student who strives to inspire, support, and appropriately challenge your peers, then Honors is a good match for you.

We often get asked about GPAs and test scores. Most students admitted to Honors have at least a 3.5 GPA and have challenged themselves with a selection of Honors, AP, IB, and/or college courses. The middle 50% SAT scores are 1330-1430 and ACT scores are 29-33.

For admission purposes, the Honors College does not have a minimum GPA requirement and does not require test scores.

Honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for the last 90 graded credits of university-level work.

Freshman and sophomore classes average around 25, while upper-division seminars generally enroll 12-15 students.

The Honors community has a total of 750 students out of Western's 16,000+ student body. In recent years, we have received upwards of 1000 applications to join the upcoming fall cohort. Cohorts are around 220 students.

Most of the Honors classes are not extra work. They allow students to complete General University Requirements (GURs) in an Honors setting—intimate and interdisciplinary. Honors courses focus on writing, discussion, and problem-solving. You can see how the First-Year Honors courses fulfill GURs here.

Typically, about 15-20% of the courses an Honors student will take at Western will be through Honors. Western requires 180 credits to graduate and the Honors curriculum in total is 29-38 credits. Therefore, students will still need to complete about 150 credits within their major(s) and minor(s) giving them a chance to work with students outside WWU Honors.

Western grants college credit for AP exams and IB exams. For specific details about the amount and type of credit awarded, see Western's AP, IB, and Cambridge International Credit page. In order to receive credit, you must have your official scores sent to the Office of Admissions.

College credit received through AP/IB exams do not count toward Honors requirements.

We review admitted Running Start students' transcripts on an individual basis to best determine how past academic collegiate work can partner with the Honors course requirements. If a student has completed their AA through Running Start and has a DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) with Western, we will typically waive the 8-10 credit colloquium requirement. Running Start students are still required to take the Honors First-Year Sequence and 2 Honors Seminars in addition to completing an Honors Capstone.

Transfer students join us with a wide range of credit from other institutions. If certain requirements are met, transferred college credit can replace the First-Year Sequence. Transfer students then typically take 4 Honors Seminars and complete an Honors Capstone Senior Project.

To see how your college courses will transfer to Western, check out the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.

The Honors curriculum fits well with any and all majors at Western. All Honors students have access to advising from Dr. Scott Linneman and Dr. Tristan Goldman if they run into any scheduling issues.

As an Honors student, you have the option of living in the Honors Residential Community in Edens Hall. Edens Hall consists of four floors and is home to 158 residents. Edens Hall offers suite-style double and triple rooms which means two rooms (same gender) are connected by a shared bathroom. See our Housing tab for more information.

We would love for you to visit and have the chance to chat with you! If you are planning to visit Western's campus and we encourage you to check out the Meet With Honors page to set up a meeting with an Honors representative.

There are actually two parts to answer this question.

First, WWU Honors intentionally separates First-Year scholarships from participation in Honors. Our reasoning is this: we don't want anyone "held hostage" in Honors by their scholarship. Rather, we want them to be in Honors because they WANT TO be there. This flips the burden onto us to deliver a curriculum that's worth staying for. And they DO stay, as reflected by our 95% retention rate in the last 4 years. That said, most of the students in Honors do receive the best scholarships that WWU offers. But that's because of WHO THEY ARE and not because they agreed to join WWU Honors. 

The second part of the answer is that we DO offer a variety of Honors-only scholarships to students in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. These are for things like study abroad, for work associated with Senior Projects, for travel to professional conferences to present Senior Project results. And there are Honors scholarships that have donor-specified criteria: e.g., the student must be in Honors and in the College of the Environment OR the student must be in Honors, identify as a woman, and love the outdoors. The latter example doesn't narrow it down much because ~70% of Honors students at WWU are female and most LOVE the outdoors.

To explore other scholarships available to incoming students, check out the Scholarship Center.

WWU Honors offers two study abroad trips which allow students the exciting and enriching experience of traveling abroad while also completing Honors requirements. Our Greece program offers students the ability to complete Honors 103, the first course of the first-year sequence, over the summer before their first quarter at Western. Students can also go to Ecuador and complete credits for Honors 105 AND Honors 212 (Geology Colloquium) if led by Dr. Scott Linneman or Honors 213 (Biology Colloquium) if led by Georgianne Connell.

Western offers many other study abroad options and you can explore opportunities through Western's International Programs and Exchanges office.

Should you decide to take a gap year, please do so with the peace of mind that your Honors enrollment space will be held indefinitely. Regardless of your enrollment term, our excitement for you to join our community continues. Please make sure you work this out with Admissions and let us know once you have been approved so we can make note of it on your application/file.

Yes, you can withdraw from WWU Honors at any time. We will be sorry to see you go but understand that you know what's best for you and your situation. You can email honors@wwu.edu to have the Honors attribute code removed from your records in the Registrar's office. Please include your W# within the email.