Honors Program


Day-to-Day Benefits

The Washburn University Honors Program aims to provide the best academic experience for our students who are choosing to go above and beyond in their college experience. With this in mind, the Honors Program provides Honors students with unique benefits to assist the students in their academic excellence. These include:

  • Scholarship Opportunities
    • Incoming Freshman: $500 textbook scholarships (renewable up to 4 years), Brunt Scholarships (renewable up to 4 years)
    • Annual scholarships to three outstanding current students which are awarded at the Spring Banquet
  • Priority Registration for classes, meaning that Honors freshman get first enrollment choice in classes alongside traditional seniors
  • Exclusive access to Honors Study Lounge in Henderson 101, which hosts free printing and a comfortable study environment
  • Extended library checkout privileges
  • Academically enriched experiences, such as guest speakers, academic trips in the field, and more.
  • Honors Courses that count toward general education requirements
  • Networking and connections with Faculty
  • Honors Living on the Scholarship Floor in Lincoln Hall (newest residential unit on campus)
  • Special Programming Events
    • Hosting Annual Etiquette Dinner
    • Hosting QUEST
    • Spring Banquet

Graduation Benefits

In addition to these day-to-day benefits, the Honors Program also provides the opportunity to be recognized both at Graduation and on student transcripts. The Honors Program recently changed its policy on graduation recognition, directly in conjunction with input from students in the Program. There are three levels of curricular recognition and three levels of distinction based on involvement and service both in the Honors Program and in the community.


Honors Associate - 12 Hours of Honors Credit

Honors Scholar - 18 Hours of Honors Credit

Honors Graduate - 24 Hours of Honors Credit

* All Honors students must complete an Honors Thesis Project or similar scholarly project (e.g., scholarly/creative WTE, or capstone project within major), regardless of tier.


No Distinction - No involvement

With Distinction - 50 Hours of involvement/community service, 35 of which are in the Honors Program

With High Distinction - 100 Hours of involvement/community service, 75 of which are in the Honors Program

* Each curricular tier can be combined with any level of distinction.

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