The Honors Program seeks students who not only have high grades and test scores but also curiosity and a desire to challenge themselves. The Program promotes creativity, intellectual rigor, and colloborative learning through small class experiences and a range of extra-curricular activities. Honors students can be members of any of the undergraduate schools at George Washington University.
Please note: students must apply to the University Honors Program to be accepted into the University Honors Program.
For Prospective Students
Prospective students must apply to the University Honors Program at the time they apply for admission to the University. Honors Program application consideration occurs after the University has made a decision on your general application, and so the Honors decision will not affect the University's decision. The Honors Program application requires a set of specific essay questions. Two SAT Subject Tests are recommended, though not required. There are no specific cutoffs or expectations with regards to standardized test scores or high school GPAs. Honors Program application information can be found within the GW Supplement via the admissions website.
For Current Students
Students already enrolled at GWU are able to apply to the University Honors Program during the second semester of their freshman year. Admission will be limited to 15 exceptionally qualified applicants per year. Applications are typically taken during January and February of each year, though the specific deadline changes each year. Look for our call for applicants in the GW Hatchet, follow our blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts, or sign up for an email notification to stay up to date.
Approximately 500 undergraduate students from every undergraduate school of the university are currently enrolled in the Honors Program. These students major in 52 different fields, ranging from International Affairs to Biomedical Engineering, from Dramatic Literature to Finance, and from Political Communication to Chemistry.