Admission to Honors is selective, but there is no set formula for admission. The committee will review information provided in the general application to Western, along with the supplemental information in the Honors application below.  All completed applications will be thoroughly reviewed. However, most students admitted to Honors have at least a 3.8 GPA, 1900 SAT or 28 ACT, and a selection of Honors, AP, IB, and/or other challenging high school courses. The average GPA of a student admitted to Honors is 3.9, the average SAT is 2000, the average ACT is 30.

Priority Consideration: students applying by March 1 will receive priority consideration for admission.

Application Steps

  1. Apply to Western Washington University.
  2. Complete the online Honors Application.
  3. Have a teacher or counselor complete and submit the letter of recommendation form.
  4. Submit a sample of your best academic written work.
    • Email:
      Attach and email a PDF, TXT, RTF, DOC, or DOCX file to
      Include your full name and W number (if known) in the attachment and subject line of the email.
    • Fax: (360) 650-4469
    • Mail:
      Honors Program
      516 High Street
      Bellingham, WA 98225-9112

Receiving College Credit

Most Honors students enter Western with college credit through Running Start, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other college-level courses. For more information, review Western's policies for awarding and accepting college credit.

Please note: In order to receive college credit, you must submit official college transcripts, official AP scores (AP transcript), and/or official IB scores to the Admissions Office.

Page Updated 06.17.2014