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Enriched curriculum. Small classes. Caring professors.Talented classmates. Study abroad opportunities. International emphases. Undergraduate research.  Foreign language competency. Presentations and publications. And much more.


Honors students are musicians, engineers, athletes, and scientists from diverse backgrounds and many locations, reflecting the diverse global community of which they are a part. They are athletes, student organization officers, peer mentors, and researchers. They form a welcoming community in which every Honors student has a place.

Our alumni are ambassadors, entrepreneurs, micro-finance investors, authors, and  researchers who impact and lead in their own communities, the state of Washington, and the world beyond. They support Honors with their time and gifts. Many say their Honors education was one of the best experiences they had at college.

Honors courses are designed by world-class professors, educators who know how to inspire classroom discussions. They are mentors, not lecturers, who are respected in their own disciplines. They are invited to teach in the Honors College.


What sets the WSU Honors College apart from others?

The Honors College at WSU provides a liberal arts, broad background combined with a focus on critical thinking, communication skills, globalization, and foreign languages.

“The success of our students is in part due to the educational program we offer that provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to thrive in a 21st-century interconnected world.”
– M. Grant Norton, Dean

Is the WSU Honors College right for you?
  • Honors courses are taught in an interactive format, encouraging students to take ownership for their own learning.
  • Scholarship support is available to help cover college expenses, undergraduate research, and study abroad, thanks to support from Honors’ alumni and friends.
  • Proficiency in a second language can be achieved through many ways promoted by the Honors College.
  • Nearly 42 percent of recent Honors graduates studied abroad at least once during their baccalaureate program.
  • Honors’ “Certificate of Global Competencies” is earned and shows graduate schools and employers your commitment to international understanding and participation.
  • Students from any major can follow the Honors curriculum and expect to graduate in four years. Honors courses work with every student’s major to provide a breadth of knowledge.
  • Leadership opportunities are available through the Honors Student Advisory Council (HSAC) as well as the Honors College Ambassador  and the Honors College Mentors programs.
  • The Honors Thesis or capstone projects in certain majors offer the opportunity for all students to pursue their own research and creative activity within an academic context, to work with a faculty mentor, and to present their work publicly.