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Honors College

An Honors College education at Washington State University prepares graduates for the 21st century interconnected world through a thought-provoking curriculum and experiential learning opportunities.  Honors College students are involved in cutting-edge research; they are campus, community, and statewide leaders; they are world travelers; and they are academic role models.

Hallmarks of the Honors College

  • Small, discussion-based classes
  • A foreign language requirement that reinforces global understanding and awareness
  • Top professors who want to—and do—teach for Honors
  • A thesis requirement that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills
  • Study- and research-abroad opportunities that provide hands-on, real-world experiences of a lifetime

Learn more about WSU’s Honor College


Please consider a gift to support WSU’s Honors College priorities below:

Honors College Development Fund

Annual gifts from alumni, parents, and friends provide resources for numerous programs and projects such as distinguished guest lectures, student activities, career panels and professional development opportunities, the Honors commencement banquet, and alumni engagement.


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The Honors College Endowment

This Endowment supports programmatic objectives as outlined above for the Honors College Development Fund.  Gifts to the Endowment are invested and yield a perpetual revenue stream, ensuring a consistent source of discretionary support from one year to the next.


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Honors College Scholarships

Honors students rely on scholarship support from WSU as well as the Honors College.  Awards vary in size and purpose and recognize both financial need and academic merit. Scholarships also support international education opportunities such as academic exchanges and enable students to conduct research both here on campus and around the world.  Scholarships are fundamental to our ability to recruit and retain the very best students from around the nation.


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The Honors College Endowment for Faculty Excellence

This Endowment provides resources for Honors Faculty to pursue curriculum development, research experiences, and faculty-led international travel opportunities.  In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, Honors supports two Distinguished Professorships.  Honors has also launched a university-wide Honors Faculty Fellows Program to recognize the contributions of WSU’s finest faculty who choose to teach, advise, and mentor our students.


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Double your impact with a gift to the Dean’s Notable Achievement Fund

Thanks to the significant generosity of a proud Honors College family, the Dean’s Notable Achievement Fund has been established for students who have been admitted, or are currently enrolled in the Honors College. These funds will be used to assist the Honors College in recruiting the very best and most highly motivated students from Washington and around the world. This Fund will also provide support for students who wish to engage in activities such as international research experiences and global immersion programs that create significant visibility for the individual as well as for Washington State University.  Cumulative gifts up to $250,000 will be matched by the donor, resulting in a $500,000 fund for Honors students pursuing high-impact educational experiences.


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