Honors Program

Information for Future Honors Students

Considering the Washburn University Honors Program? Give us an opportunity to tell you more.  We are always happy to welcome visitors to the Honors community, and we invite students to apply to the program at any stage in their university career.  If you are a new student to Washburn, or if you are a current Washburn student seeking the opportunities that Honors provides, please let us know you are interested by emailing honors@washburn.edu or calling 785-670-1342.

How to apply

Incoming Freshmen: We are currently accepting Honors Program Applications (see links below) for Fall 2018. If you are interested in applying, complete the application form and submit electronically as an email attachment to honors@washburn.edu , or print and submit a hard-copy application addressed as follows:

Washburn University
Honors Program
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Note that applicants may be eligible for Brunt Scholarships. The Washburn University Honors Program awards one $1,000 scholarship and four $500 scholarships which are each renewable for up to four years. Apply early by submitting your Honors Program Application (referenced above) to secure one of these scholarships. As noted above, we are accepting applications for Fall 2018 and have a rolling deadline. The priority deadline is March 1, 2018, but we will continue accepting applications until two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.

Current/Transfer Students (Freshmen and Sophomores Only): We are now accepting Honors Program applications for Spring 2018. Please submit application materials as an attachment via email to honors@washburn.edu. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Honors Program office at (785) 670-1342.


Incoming or First Time Freshman

Interested applicants that are incoming or first time freshman must satisfy one of these requirements.

  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 
  • Minimum ACT score of 28 (or SAT score of 1300)

Please note, GPA is weighted more heavily than ACT score.

Current/Transfer students

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5

Students who do not meet these criteria may appeal to the Honors Advisory Board for probationary admission to the program.

Honors Program Application

The Honors Program Application is available in as a Word document or a PDF.

Membership Benefits

Day-to-Day Benefits

The Washburn University Honors Program aims to provide the best academic experience for our students who are choosing to go above and beyond in their college experience. With this in mind, the Honors Program provides Honors students with unique benefits to assist the students in their academic excellence. These include:

  • Scholarship Opportunities
    • Incoming Freshman: The Program awards 5 Brunt Scholarships (renewable up to 4 years).  These are $500 scholarships awarded on a competitive basis.
    • Annual scholarships to three outstanding current students which are awarded at the Spring Banquet
  • Priority Registration for classes, meaning that Honors freshman get first enrollment choice in classes alongside traditional seniors
  • Exclusive access to Honors Study Lounge in Henderson 101, which hosts free printing and a comfortable study environment
  • Extended library checkout privileges
  • Academically enriched experiences, such as guest speakers, academic trips in the field, and more.
  • Honors Courses that count toward general education requirements
  • Networking and connections with Faculty
  • Honors Living on the Scholarship Floor in Lincoln Hall (newest residential unit on campus)
  • Special Programming Events
    • Hosting Annual Etiquette Dinner
    • Hosting QUEST
    • Spring Banquet

Honors Designations

In addition to these day-to-day benefits, the Honors Program also provides the opportunity to be recognized both at Graduation and on student transcripts. The Honors Program recently changed its policy on graduation recognition, directly in conjunction with input from students in the Program. There are three levels of curricular recognition and three levels of distinction based on involvement and service both in the Honors Program and in the community.


Honors Associate - 12 Hours of Honors Credit

Honors Scholar - 18 Hours of Honors Credit

Honors Graduate - 24 Hours of Honors Credit

* All Honors students must complete an Honors Thesis Project or similar scholarly project (e.g., scholarly/creative WTE, or capstone project within major), regardless of tier.


No Distinction - No involvement

With Distinction - 50 Hours of involvement/community service, 35 of which are in the Honors Program

With High Distinction - 100 Hours of involvement/community service, 75 of which are in the Honors Program

* Each curricular tier can be combined with any level of distinction.