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The Admission Process


Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 academic year. Please follow these instructions to submit your application. If you are considering sending any additional materials for your application please contact the Washington State University Honors College by email at honors@wsu.edu.

After you have completed your WSU Application, apply to the Honors College to experience the benefits of small classes and experienced professors in a community of academically talented students like yourself!

  • Review the information below about the Honors College Application and Essay.
  • Prepare your answer to the essay question (see the required Part I and the recommended Part II below) and save it as one word document or PDF to submit as part of the online Honors Application and Essay; name it using your last and first names separated by a comma and using upper and lower cases (ex. Smith, Mary).
  • Apply to the Honors College; 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.

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

The Honors 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; many fields are required.

The Honors Essay (two parts—the first is required, the second is recommended; submit as one document or pdf)

Personal essays as part of your application to the Honors College at Washington State University help us to get to know you beyond your academic background of grades, test scores, and courses taken in high school. Through your essay we will learn about you, your ability to think critically and creatively, and how you organize and express your thoughts.

Tips for Completing Your Honors Essay

Note that there are two parts to the essay—the first is required and the second is recommended.

  • Compose your responses using a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word) and paste your essay, or a pdf of it, into the text box of the online application.
  • When naming the document, please use just your last and first name in this upper/lower-case format only (no other descriptors are necessary):  ex., Smith, Mary
  • Both parts of the essay (if you choose to also submit a Part II) should be submitted in one document or pdf
  • Put your first and last names at the top of the essay above Part I.
  • Identify "Part I" and "Part II."

Part I (required)

  • Read this question carefully, reflect on it, and prepare the required response.
  • Length: Aim for approximately 500 words
  • Your essay will be evaluated on content (the significance of the ideas you discuss) as well as form (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure). Take care when writing your essay; be sure to edit and proofread before you submit. It is an important element of your application to Honors.
  • Make sure that you have actually answered the question. Your essay will also be evaluated on your ability to express your thoughts clearly and think creatively and critically.
  • Remember your audience. Washington State University is an academic community valuing critical thinking, creativity, and thoughtful individual reflection.

Part II (recommended)

  • Length: This recommended response should be 400 words or less.

ESSAY (read the instructions above carefully)

Part I (required)

You suddenly see a set of random numbers, such as 374251.  What comes to mind?  Use as few or as many of those numbers as you wish, rearrange them at will, play with them as you see fit, and tell us what those new numbers represent to you.  Be creative with your answer.  (Aim for 500 words.)

Part II (recommended)

We want to get to know you better. If you would like to add something that would enhance your application, please do so by sharing your thoughts. For example, you might want to include your involvement, accomplishments, or special circumstances.  (400 words or less.)

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

Thank you!