University Honors Program

For more than 50 years, Seattle University has provided students of high ability and motivation the opportunity to join a small, select learning community dedicated to the study of the great books and great ideas that have shaped the development of our world.

If you are an ambitious, intellectually motivated, and genuinely curious student and you want a highly-challenging approach to a liberal arts education, then the University Honors Program might be right for you.

All University Honors students receive an Honors scholarship freshman through senior year.

Most majors offered at Seattle University are compatible with all three Honors tracks with the following exceptions.

  • The Nursing major is compatible only with Innovations. Majors that are credit-intensive with required courses in the first year, such as science majors, fit best with the Innovations track.
  • The Biology major is an exception and is designed to fit specifically with either Intellectual Traditions or the Society, Policy, Citizenship track.
  • At this time, engineering students cannot be admitted to the University Honors Programs because of class schedule conflicts.
  • Matteo Ricci students are ineligible for the University Honors Program because its program of study has a separate curriculum.

Our Honors students have gone on to become Rhodes, Truman, and Fulbright scholars. They have studied all over the world and gained admittance to top graduate programs in a variety of fields.

A Distinctive Approach

Our program is unique. While Honors elsewhere can mean just Honors sections of regular classes, we offer a rigorous, integrated program of study designed to give you a deep understanding of how the modern world came to be the way it is.

Empowered Learning

Want to be a leader? In our Honors program, knowledge is important but so are skills. Through our seminar-style classroom philosophy, paper conferences, and oral exams, our program helps you develop the poise and skills you need to succeed as a leader in our world today.

True Community

Our program operates according to a cohort model. That means you have the chance to become a member of a community of genuinely curious, decidated, students who go through the curriculum together.

Application Process

Learn more about the Honors application process.

Connect with Us

Whether you are in the beginning stages of your search for the right Honors program or you have already decided that Seattle University’s Honors Program is the best option for you, we encourage you to connect with us.

For more information contact:

Thorne Clayton-Falls
Program Coordinator
University Honors Program

Click the button below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Honors Program.



Contact Us

Sean H. McDowell, PhD
Director, University Honors Program
Professor, English
Phone: 206.296.5306
Building: Casey 232

Yancy Dominick, PhD
Associate Director, University Honors Program
Senior Instructor, Philosophy
Phone: 206.296.5475
Building: Casey 203

Katie Fitzpatrick, PhD
Associate Director, University Honors Program
Associate Professor, Economics
Phone: 206.220.8593
Building: Pigott 404

Thorne Clayton-Falls
Program Coordinator
University Honors Program
Phone: 206.296.5305
Building: Casey 2E

With Us



Admitted Students

Have you received your acceptance to the University Honors program? Congratulations! If you would like to confirm your enrollment in the program, please submit your Admissions Response Form using the button below. Don't forget to confirm your enrollment with the Admissions Office as well!

Admissions Response Form