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.

Students admitted to University Honors are eligible for a $1,800 Honors scholarship.

First-year students interested in applying to the program should visit the University Honors website to learn more about the distinct learning opportunity it affords.

Application & Selection Process

  • Select, high-achieving students are invited to apply for the University Honors Program. Competitive applicants generally have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • The University Honors Program application is available for invited students in the SU Admissions Portal after their Common Application is submitted and processed.
  • To apply for the Fall 2024 cohort, first submit your Common Application no later than January 15, 2024. Eligible students will be invited to apply in their Redhawk Admissions Portal.

University Honors Program Application Deadlines

  • November 25: Honors Priority Deadline 1
  • January 25: Honors Priority Deadline 2

Applications received after January 25 will be considered on a space available basis. For additional questions about the application, please email For questions about the Honors program and the three tracks, please contact