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 In the Ina E. Gordy Honors College,
intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and responsible citizenship
are at the core of the academic experience.
The honors experience at The W offers you a dynamic community of other motivated students,
opportunities to work closely with faculty across campus, and hands-on, real-world experiences that matter,
including independent research, study abroad, and service-learning. 


The Gordy Honors College provided an incredibly comprehensive foundation in both liberal arts and scholarly research. From studying abroad to completing an undergraduate thesis, the honors college experience gave me the necessary tools to pursue independent and graduate level study.

                                 ~~Dustin Vance, MFA Candidate, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Class of 2015

The Honors Experience at The W

For both four-year and transfer students, the Gordy Honors College

• offers academic community in honors courses and beyond.

• fosters faculty-supported independent research.

• provides many other ways to learn creatively, including the Honors Forum Series of speakers and performances, sessions with nationally recognized university guests, special cultural events, and service projects.

The Honors College also 

• assists students in applying to and presenting their research at state, regional, and national undergraduate conferences.  

• provides grants to support undergraduate research and cover student travel to conferences to present their work.

• qualifies students to participate in the Honors Study Abroad program, which has been held in England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and Peru. 

• qualifies students to apply for positions on the Student Honors Council, which coordinates student programming and provides a valuable voice in the operation of the Honors College.

Students who successfully complete the Honors curriculum graduate with honors in their major area of study--and this is the only way to do so.

The Honors College also offers a residential program for Centennial and Honors Scholars and some residential opportunitites for Presidential Scholars and others.

For more information on how to enroll, visit Admissions or email honors@muw.edu.


Honors Forum Series

Honors ForumThroughout the year, the Forum Series presents stimulating presentations for the campus and wider community, featuring national, regional, and local speakers as well as the latest in faculty research, undergraduate research, films, and arts performances. 

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Residential Honors

Residential Honors StudentsThe Gordy Honors College provides opportunities for highly motivated scholars to reside in a living-learning community, in which students live and study together, work closely with honors faculty, and may also study abroad together.

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W FlagThe Honors College is open to students with a strong record of academic achievement. Centennial and Honors Scholars must participate, while first-year and transfer recipients of the Presidential Award automatically qualify for admission and other interested students may apply.

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