The Honors College at Shoreline

Prepare for your bachelor’s degree with advanced classes, additional transfer support, and community connections

Stand out as a competitive university transfer applicant by graduating with Honors.

  • Academic Distinction: Enhance your transfer process with specialized seminars and advising. Get started on fulfilling your undergraduate requirements with designated honors courses capped at 20 students each.

  • Research Opportunities: Pursue your own passion and topic in an optional year-long research project with a mentor, and present your capstone work at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • Meaningful Connections: Join a community of highly motivated scholars and make friendships that last a lifetime. Spend time in the Honors Lounge, develop close faculty mentorships, and enjoy organized activities.

  • Leadership Experience: Develop leadership skills by participating in the Honors Student Council, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and specialized seminars.

Explore Honors

“I value particularly the research experience from Shoreline’s Honors Program because they prepared me so much for my university life.”

Honors Alumnus

Honors Classes

Each honors class has a maximum of 20 students to help create a deeper, more engaged, and academically rigorous learning experience. Choose from a wide range of courses that fulfill undergraduate requirements.

Contact Us

The Honors College
FOSS Building, Room 5336


Optional Research Track

Second-year students have the opportunity to work on in-depth projects of their choosing. The 10-credit research track leads you through the research process:

  • Questions and Methods (Fall) – Explore a project of interest to you and write a preliminary literature review
  • Honors Seminar (Winter) – Create a literature review and research paper, working with a faculty mentor
  • Honors Capstone (Spring) – Complete your project and present it at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

Flexible Pathways

Choose from a variety of options to graduate with honors.

  • Honors Graduate: 30 credits or more of honors classes
  • Honors Recognition: 10-29 credits of honors class
  • Honors With Distinction: Students who finish the full-year Research Track Option receive a medal at graduation


Honors College fee: Up to $495 per quarter (up to $695 for international students)

The fees can be covered by your financial aid for domestic students.  For more detail, please contact the Financial Aid Office.  

Ongoing and annual scholarships are available through the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

Admission Criteria

The Honors College at Shoreline is selective and competitive, with a holistic review process. We consider a variety of factors in our admissions process, including:

  • High school or college GPA of 3.0 or higher (students who do not meet this criterion may supply a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or counselor)
  • At least one full academic year of courses left to take at Shoreline (fall, winter, and spring quarters)
  • Thoughtful application essay that outlines your accomplishments and goals
  • Optional test scores for relevant placement into college level English: Directed Self Placement (DSP), Smarter Balanced, or ACT or SAT

Application Process

  • Deadline: We accept applications throughout the year, yet the Honors College admits students for fall, winter and Spring quarters only. For Fall 2019 applications, the priority deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019; final deadline is Monday, September 23, 2019.
  • Required materials: Completed online application, recent college and/or high school transcripts, and optional test scores
  • Application Fee: No cost to apply online


The Honors College Office
Mari Kosin, Interim Director of the Honors College
Brooke Zimmers, Assistant Dean

Terry L. Taylor, Assistant Dean
Audrey Fischer, Academic Advisor



The Honors College at Shoreline is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Western Regional Honors Council.