Chances for UW Honors?

<p>I'm currently an in-state junior. I plan on applying to UW for sure next year, but I'm not sure if I should apply for honors...</p>

<p>GPA (uw): 3.8
SAT I: 2220 (650CR 780M 790W)
IB Diploma + 3 AP tests (haven't got the results back yet)
NHS, Bio Club, competitive dance w/ regional and national awards.
I hope/think that my essay will be good.</p>

<p>Also a question: if I don't get into UW honors, would I still be accepted into UW as a regular student?</p>

<p>You have to be accepted into regular in order to be considered for honors. I think you have a fair chance at honors. You have to stand out with those short responses to be safe.</p>

<p>^ Pumpkins is correct. You have to be admitted to the regular admission first to be considered for the Honors.</p>

<p>Hey, I honestly got in with weaker credential/stat than yours.
Just make sure to put effort into your application and the Honors essays.</p>

<p>Word from my friends in UW Honors is that it's actually a joke >.> Ah well, I got rejected from UW Honors. I was going to CMU anyway though ^_^</p>

<p>GPA: 3.97 UW
SAT: 2250
ECs: Solid.</p>

<p>Honor's admission is bizzare. I don't understand why you got rejected avgasian. That's just crazy. I was waitlisted. I'm still waiting. They apparently waitlisted 300 students. ***.</p>

<p>Wow now I'm nervous looking at your situation avgasian... But I have friends in honors and I also heard that the essays are important. Hopefully I can come up with nice answers.</p>

<p>I noticed that honors people get their own dorm area and building (or was I confused?)... So are they really separated from the regular uw students?</p>

<p>There is an honors floor in one of the dorm buildings. I believe Terry?</p>

<p>Ahh sorry to create anxiety! :s I honestly think honors is random. Not saying that my numbers translate to me being a good student, but I can safely say that I am an above average writer and my essays were pretty decent.</p>

<p>I'll never know why kids with ~2000 SAT and 3.5GPA get into honors while some statistically favorable kids get the rejection letter.</p>

<p>the dorms next year are in lander and mcmahon.</p>

<p>the program may be a joke to some, but everyone that I know who are in the program (40+ from different years) invest much of their time to achieve their goals. To them, Honors is a way to create a circle of same pre-profession (ie. premed) friends that have structured learning habits. I will be a freshman in the Honors program next year. Most students who are admitted into the Honors program know exactly what they are going to do after graduation, whether it be medical school, working at Google, or joining the Peace Corps. The nice thing about Honors is that you're not committing to four years of Honors. If you think it's lame or a joke after Autumn quarter, you can drop it any time. </p>

<p>Feel free to send me a private message and I can tell you more about it! I'm currently working with two in state juniors who are aiming for the Honors program, too, so I can help you out with any questions you may have.</p>

<p>haha avgasian its okay, from what i've been hearing so far, i guess even if i don't make it in i probably won't be TOO incredibly upset over it... hopefully, though, i'll have other schools that i'll get accepted into that are better than UW in general... out of all the schools i'm applying to, UW is one that i consider a relative 'safety' (although i REALLY don't want to jinx myself by saying that too much). but i thought that if i do end up going to UW (which i don't mind because i love the campus) then i might as well try for something somewhat more selective than just the regular UW program.</p>

<p>but i suppose if it's not that big of a deal compared to the regular program, then i might just not trouble myself with applying especially if i have a lot of other things to focus on in both high school and for other school applications.</p>

<p>and bubbleteachibi thanks!! i will definitely send you a private message (:</p>

<p>Whatever you do, do write that you would drop everything in order to pursue another knowledge or something (I don't really remember the question, but make sure you say you would definitely drop everything). Also, don't write the essay at midnight before you turn the application in (it seems like you won't). If you do both of the above, as I did, you'll get a small letter that says "Sorry you didn't get in, but we only admitted * students. You could try to get in later!"</p>

<p>As far as UW being a "safety" school goes, as far as the WA state colleges go, that's not the case. It's really the most selective school in the state, especially this year where tons of seniors at my school who wanted to go to UW were rejected. But then again, my school isn't really full of that many smart people. The "best" school anyone here is going to for sure is UC Berkley, with someone waitlisted at Brown and Emory.</p>

<p>By the way, if you have lots of Running Start credits, Honors really isn't worth it (at least College Honors, at any rate...Departmental is something entirely different), unless you want to give up some of your credits. Just something to keep in mind.</p>

<p>LousyDonut- There aren't any right answers to the Honors essays. I said I would never drop everything to pursue something outside my main area of interest and still got accepted. But, yeah, writing the essays at the last minute is a bad idea because the essays seem to be one of the most important factors once you have good grades/scores. Be honest and take your time on them.</p>

<p>If you are interested in UW Honors, go ahead and apply. 1) It doesn't cost extra, 2) You can always turn it down if they accept you and you decide against the program, and 3) The worst that can happen is a rejection.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Sorry I'm back again...</p>

<p>I just read the new replies and you guys are mentioning an essay prompt? Are they always the same every year?</p>

<p>@ sumzup</p>

<p>You are right. I will be admitted with about 90 Running Start credits, all of which will transfer, and was advised by a UW engineering advisor to not go the College Honors route. However, I will apply for Departmental Honors. When do I do this? Do I still apply to the College Honors program? Is Departmental Honors an option on the College Honors application?</p>

<p>solstice, the honors application this year and last year consisted of two short essays plus a teacher recommendation. If I remember right, they change the prompts every year.</p>

<p>PNWguy, I don't think you need to apply to College Honors because everyone has to apply to Departmental Honors separately once you enter the UW. I'd talk to the department you're interested in for more information about departmental honors because every department has its own requirements/application process.</p>

<p>When do you find out about honors acceptance? At the same time as general admission or later? This is important so you can compare admission to other schools in a timely manner. I read that UW is giving up their rolling admission to go to a fixed deadline with a specific notification date. Is there going to be ED or honors ED? or EA?</p>

<p>In the past, Honors starts sending letters in January. General admission has sent out their letters as early as late November/early December. It's a rolling admission from then, and as people decline the Honors invitation, they send out more letters to waitlisted students.</p>

<p>Since UW is having a fixed deadline, there may be a change on when Honors send out their letters of admissions. You should check with the office on that.</p>