GW University Honors Program admits incoming students who have excelled in high school and who demonstrate exceptional academic talent and intellectual curiosity. In addition, some students already at the University are considered. Students in the Honors Program have an opportunity to study with many of the University's best faculty in seminar-style classes, exploring not only the rich resources of great works of history and literature, but also contemporary topics in a variety of disciplines, stretching their minds in the process.
GW is proud to host the Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for students of the arts and sciences in the United States. Outstanding students in their junior or senior year of study are invited into membership in Phi Beta Kappa based upon meeting strict selection criteria.
The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research, a division of the University Honors Program, assists all GW undergraduates interested in pursuing national fellowships that recognize academic and extracurricular excellence. These fellowships - including the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman and Goldwater awards - provide remarkable opportunities for students interested in further academic study, as well as for those pursuing careers in public service, teaching, scientific research, engineering, journalism, international relations and a host of other fields. The Center maintains a fellowships website with extensive information for students and faculty recommenders.
Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research: The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research also promotes the involvement of GW undergraduates in research experiences that allow them to learn firsthand, through interaction with faculty mentors and graduate students, how knowledge in their fields is generated. Research experiences often position students to compete for prestigious fellowships or to pursue advanced studies. The Center hosts an Undergraduate Research website, co-sponsors the undergraduate research journal Inquiry, and, in partnership with GW deans, administers the Gamow Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program.