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High School Students with Transfer Credit

Will my credits earned while in high school transfer towards Honors credits?

Incoming Honors students regularly enroll at WSU with credits earned through AP tests, IB exams, Running Start courses or College in the HS credits. Achieving high scores in any of those options will often earn college credit and most of them will count towards University Common Requirements (UCORE). These courses are approved by the Office of Admissions.


Most commonly these courses include:

  • English language and literature
  • Variety of social science courses such as Government, Psychology, History, etc.

Other commonly completed courses, that will count towards the Honors curriculum as well as UCORE include:

  • Math: Calculus and/or Statistics
  • Sciences: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences – 4 credits, lab courses
  • Foreign languages: level verified by the Foreign Languages department

Transfer credits can also serve as prerequisite for an intended major, or a course required by the major.

Should I apply to Honors?

Absolutely! There are many advantages to completing an Honors education that will impact you not only as you start your career but also in the long run.

Research skills, knowledge and awareness of global issues as well as diversity of thought, together with skills in foreign languages open doors in every field you want to pursue.

Apply to the Honors College at WSU!


Current WSU students transferring to Honors

Students interested in joining the Honors College after enrolling at WSU or from another 4 year institution will be considered for automatic admission upon completion of at least 14 credits carrying a 3.5 grade point average. Make an appointment to meet with an Honors College advisor for a final course evaluation and admittance.

Transfer students from Community Colleges

Students with a 3.5 or above grade point average, transferring to Washington State University with an AA or AST degree through an Honors Program at a Community College, would have fulfilled the lower division Honors requirements. Through WSU Honors, students will need to complete the Foreign Language Requirement, as well as the 300 level Honors courses sequence as well as the Honors thesis.

These students will be awarded the lower level courses required by the Honors College and will be responsible for completing the following requirements:

  • Honors 370: Global issues in Social Sciences
  • Honors 380: Global issues in Arts and Humanities
  • Honors 390: Global issues in Sciences
  • Honors 450: Honors thesis
  • Foreign language requirement at the 204 level or passing the STAMP test at the intermediate level (equivalent of 4 years in HS or 2 years in college)
  • If interested in studying abroad, credits achieved abroad will count towards the 300 level courses previously approved by an Honors advisor.
Should I still apply to Honors?

Absolutely! There are many advantages to completing an Honors education that will impact you not only as you start your career but also in the long run. Research skills, knowledge and awareness of global issues as well as diversity of thought, together with skills in foreign languages open doors in every field you want to pursue.