Honors College

Applying to the Honors College

The Admission Process

Now that you have completed your WSU Application, consider applying to the Honors College to enhance your college education!
  • Review the information below about the Honors College Application and Essay.
  • Prepare your answer to the essay question and save it to submit as part of the online Honors Application and Essay.
  • Apply to the Honors College using the link below; you will receive an email when your Honors Application and Essay are received.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Honors Admissions Committee.
  • You will receive more information from us within three weeks after you have submitted your Honors Application and Essay.
GPAs and SATs for Honors

Our evaluation of your completed application and essay will be holistic, taking into account:

  • High school GPA and test scores
  • The rigor of your high school coursework
  • Evaluation of your response to the Honors essay question


NOTE: If you are a current WSU student or are transferring from another college and have a college GPA of 3.50 or above, please call 509-335-4505 and schedule an appointment with an advisor to talk about joining the Honors College.

Honors College Application and Essay

This two-page online form contains all of the information necessary to apply to the Honors College at WSU.

The Honors College Application

The first page of the Application and Essay contains fields which you must complete; required fields are noted as such.

The Honors College Essay

The second page of the Application and Essay restates what is shown below [tips, quote, and question(s)].  You may want to write and save your essay in advance of beginning the online form. You will upload it into the form from your saved files; you cannot complete the essay online.

Your personal essay helps us to get to know you beyond your academic background that includes grades, test scores, and courses taken in high school. Through your essay you can demonstrate your ability to think critically, to organize your thoughts, and to express them clearly.

Tips for Completing Your Honors Essay

  • Length: 400-500 words
  • Make sure that you have actually answered the essay question. Your essay will be evaluated on content, i.e. the significance of the ideas you discuss, as well as your ability to write clearly and to demonstrate that you can think critically.
  • Edit and proofread your essay. Double check your spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.
  • Remember your audience. Washington State University is an academic community that values critical thinking, creativity, and thoughtful individual reflection.
  • Compose your essay in a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word) and paste your essay into the text box on page two of the online Application and Essay form.


Consider this quote:

"The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but, rather, that they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity." —Mae Jemison, the first African-American female U.S. astronaut and a physician, scientist, and teacher, as presented in a TED Talk (www.ted.com/talks/mae_jemison_on_teaching_arts_and_sciences_together.htm)

Having read this quote, reflect on these questions:

"Is the study of history important to the education of a scientist? Or the study of science important to the education of an historian?"


You will be sent a brief email to let you know that your application and essay have been received by the Honors College at WSU. You will receive more information from us within three weeks after you have submitted your Honors Application and Essay.

Thank you!

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