University of Washington

Founded in 1861 by a private gift of 10 acres in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast. The “UW” is deeply committed to upholding the responsibility that comes with that legacy. The University of Washington educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship.

At the UW, students do more than take notes. They’re actively creating one of the most vibrant intellectual communities in the country. We have over 250 degree options, more than 70 languages to study, 500 student organizations to join and over 7,000 undergraduate research opportunities. More than 4,000 faculty — many who are renowned leaders in their field — are giving students an in depth learning experience in and out of the classroom.

The University Honors Program, a division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, demonstrates the University of Washington’s values by providing a special learning context for high-achieving students interested in interdisciplinary, experiential and integrated learning. Students can participate in the program while pursuing almost every undergraduate degree offered by the UW. Bringing selected faculty into close contact with dedicated students in the atmosphere of small, challenging classes allows the Honors Program to combine the intimacy and a sense of community of a small, liberal arts college with the strengths of an excellent public research university. The Honors Program offers intellectual and cultural diversity and world-class faculty and facilities. In short, we offer affordable excellence located within Seattle’s cosmopolitan setting.

Stamps Scholarship Admission Process

The Honors Program offers a number of scholarship awards for incoming UW students who have been accepted to the University of Washington and the Honors Program. Students are evaluated for scholarship consideration through the Honors freshmen review process. In selecting seven undergraduates for the Stamps Leadership Scholar Program, the University of Washington looks for those students who exemplify the highest values and qualities of the Honors admissions philosophy and who demonstrate the Stamps Foundation’s commitment to academic excellence and leadership. The Honors review committee looks for globally minded, curious students who are excited to take on the challenge of the Honors Program. The program is academically competitive. Last year’s entering class had an average high school GPA of 3.92 and an average SAT composite (Critical Reading + Math + Writing) score of 2070. Information on the UW’s admissions process can be found at: page.

For information on the Honors Program and its application requirements go to:

The Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholar Award is generously funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation with co-funding coming from the University of Washington. Students selected for a Stamps Scholarship at the UW receive funds for tuition, room and board, books and other costs related to their educational experience. The total amount of the four-year, renewable, Stamps Leadership Scholarship will be determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid, taking into account other scholarships students may receive. Students are nominated for the Stamps Scholarship during the Honors Program freshmen application review period. All students who apply to the UW Honors Program are considered for the award.

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