College of Arts and Sciences

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.

University 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:

James Risser, PhD
Acting Director
University Honors Program


Thorne Clayton-Falls
Assistant to the Director
University Honors Program


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