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Joining Honors College at WSU

What do you get when you combine the best of a small liberal arts college with the immense resources of a major research university? The WSU Honors College, of course.

Challenges for strong scholars and creative thinkers

As an honors student at WSU, you will:

  • Engage one-on-one with excellent professors in small, discussion-based classes
  • Immerse yourself in new discoveries through community service projects or your own academic research
  • Be eligible for additional scholarship awards from the Honors College
  • Earn a certificate of global competencies to add to your degree

Honors rewards

The honors experience comes with plenty of personal rewards — now and in the future:

  • You’re part of a distinct community in a world-class university environment.
  • Future employers won’t even have to ask you to step outside the box, because you’ll already know how to think creatively across the usual divides.
  • You’ll also have developed a strong ability to employ critical reasoning and research.
  • You could earn national recognition for your achievements—nearly every year, at least one WSU honors student’s research is published in a scholarly journal.
  • An Honors College certificate can open doors to prestigious graduate and professional programs nationwide.

Making the grade

Admission to the Honors College is very competitive, but there’s more to it than grades and test scores.

The Honors admission committee also considers the rigor of your high school course work, your response to the Honors essay question, and other factors that are included in the Honors College application.

Transfer students with a college GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible for admission consideration and should call 509-335-4505 to arrange an appointment with an Honors advisor.

The Honors College does not require extra fees to participate.

Visit the Honors College for applications and more information.

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Your Plans

Full Day Visits
  • Experience WSU A series of fall and spring semester events for admitted students. Experience what it’s like to live and learn at WSU.
  • Fall Preview Oct. 14 & 28 This full day of University life introduces you to our excellent academics and includes a residence hall tour, a chance to talk with current students, and more.
  • Game Day Tours Coming to a home football game? Add a tour to your day and see what academics and athletics is all about at WSU.
  • Future Cougars of Distinction An exclusive and invitation-only program for freshmen that provides top scholars an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes overview of WSU.
  • Future Cougars Embracing Diversity An opportunity for underrepresented students to see first-hand all that WSU has to offer.
  • Out-of-State Experience A spring semester event for admitted non-resident students.

Campus tours
  • Walking Tours Prospective Students, sign up for a walking campus tour.
  • Group Tours Teachers, Counselors, and Professionals, plan a visit for your class or student group.

Find the right application for you below.

  • Freshman Use this application if you anticipate graduating from high school this academic year.
  • Transfer Use this application if you have attended college since graduating from high school.
  • Scholarships Make sure to apply for scholarships along with your admission application.
  • International Use this application if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
  • Returning Student If you previously enrolled at any WSU campus, and have been away for more than one semester, use this application to reapply for admission.
  • Non-Degree Use this application if you don’t intend to complete a degree at WSU and will be taking courses for personal enrichment, transfer to another college, or a teaching endorsement.
  • Post-Degree Use the post-bachelor’s application if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to add an additional degree or certificate.
  • Online Use this application if you want to earn a WSU degree online.  See the list of degrees offered online.

Not sure? Find out more about our different applications.

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