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The Honors Program at Washington Adventist University strives to provide academically talented students the opportunity to engage and explore subject material in greater depth and breadth, inspiring them to excel as independent learners and investigators within a collaborative learning community.

Application Procedures:

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and have been accepted for regular admission to Washington Adventist University are encouraged to submit an application to enter into the Honors Program.

An application will only be processed once a completed application packet, including the letters of recommendation, is received by the Honors director.

The Honors director will then supply the application to the Honors Admissions Committee to determine if membership is granted. Early application is highly recommended since membership in the Honors Program is competitive and limited.

For an application or for more information regarding the program, please call 301-891-4482, or email wauhonors@gmail.com, or bgauthie@wau.edu.

Selection Criteria:

Admission to the Honors Program is competitive and based on a limited number of openings each year. The criteria for eligibility is established and reviewed by the Honors Council.

Following are the current criteria:

First Year Students – Most successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum composite ACT score of 24 or SAT composite score of 1680
  • 3.5 or higher cumulative high school GPA
  • Superior writing skills as demonstrated in the letter of intent portion of the application process
  • Students who do not meet the minimum selection criteria may still be considered on an individual basis
  • An academic writing sample, as requested on an individual basis

Transfer and Continuing Students – Most successful applicants will have:

  • 3.4 or higher college cumulative GPA
  • Superior writing skills as demonstrated on the Letter of Intent portion of the application process
  • One letter of recommendation from a college or university faculty member
  • An academic writing sample, as requested on an individual basis

For other academic information check out our online Academic Bulletin.

- THE SCHOOLS -

School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.