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 or calling 785-670-1342.

Incoming Freshmen: We are currently accepting Honors Program Applications (see links below) for Fall 2021. If you are interested in applying, complete the application form and submit electronically as an email attachment to , or print and submit a hard-copy application addressed as follows:

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

Applicants may be eligible for Brunt Scholarships. The Washburn University Honors Program awards six $500 Brunt scholarships, renewable for up to four years, to selected students coming direct from high school. Apply early by submitting your Honors Program Application (referenced above) to secure one of these scholarships. The priority deadline for Brunt scholarships is January 15, 2021.

Current/Transfer Students: We are now accepting Honors Program applications for Spring and Fall 2021. Please submit application materials as an attachment via email to If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Honors Program office at (785) 670-1342.

Applicants who are transfer students may be eligible for Transfer scholarships of $500.  The priority deadline to apply for transfer scholarships for Fall 2021 is April 1, 2021.  We will continue to accept applications after this date until two weeks before the fall semester.



Incoming or First Time Freshman

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

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


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.

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

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
    • Annual Etiquette Dinner
    • Debate the World
    • Spring Banquet

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.

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