Uw Seattle Essays
University of Washington 2017-2018 Application Essay Question Explanations
The Requirements: One 300 word essay (required), one 200 word essay (optional).
Supplemental Essay Type (s): Oddball, Community
Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington. (300 max)
Ah, the infamous “community” essay. Many schools ask students about their communities because they want to know how applicants relate to the people around them, forge connections, and commune with their peers. In this particular instance, the question calls attention to family as well, so consider how the people who you are related to (or those who you consider family even if they’re not bound to you by blood) have influenced your life and worldview. Maybe you’re very involved in your local synagogue, polka dancing club, or environmental organization. University of Washington wants to know about your life beyond the classroom and how you will continue those activities and interests on their campus. Why do you invest in the people you invest in?
Additional Information About Yourself or Your Circumstances (Optional, 200 word max)
This prompt is an opportunity for you to explain anything else from your life that is not addressed elsewhere on the application, and that you think would be a valuable contribution to the package you’re presenting. This can be the explanation of a complication, like an illness that caused you to miss school and impacted your grades. It can also be a place for you to talk about how you’ve taught yourself piano in your spare time — something that might not show up in your official activities list. What else might admissions officers want or need to know about you? You have an additional 200 words at your disposal to speak to them in your own voice, so use them as long as what you’re writing isn’t simply filler — if that’s the case, it’s better just to leave this blank. That said, we’re confident you can find something to highlight here!
Navigation tip for Autumn 2018: To get to the Honors application questions, you must:
- Complete the Coalition Profile;
- Add the University of Washington to your list of colleges/universities;
- Complete the UW application through the Personal Statement and Short Response section;
- After the UW essay prompts, click the “Yes” button next to the question labeled “Would you like to apply for admission to Interdisciplinary Honors?”
The Interdisciplinary Honors admission application is integrated into your UW Undergraduate Application, but has a separate evaluation process and additional required materials. You must complete and submit all of the regular UW Admissions and all of the Honors application materials to be considered for Interdisciplinary Honors.
- Select “Yes” next to the question in the UW application labeled “Would you like to apply for admission to Interdisciplinary Honors?” This will open the Honors section where you will respond to our essay prompts. If you no longer wish to apply to Honors at any point, you must un-select this button to proceed.
- Complete and submit the UW application. You will receive confirmation emails from both UW and the Honors Program confirming your submission.
- Check your email – UW Honors uses the email address in your UW application as our primary method of contact, including our final decision letters and scholarship offers. If you set up an “@uw.edu” address, it will take priority. If you have not received any confirmation emails, please check your spam/trash folders first, then contact us at email@example.com.
Things to avoid
- Do not send SAT/ACT scores or payments/fees to Honors – send them to UW Admissions.
- Do not send transcripts to Honors unless specifically requested.
- Do not send any supplemental materials (recommendations, news articles, resumes, digital media, etc.) – these will be discarded upon receipt.
Questions? Check out our admissions FAQ
The cornerstone of the Honors application is the Honors Essay Section. In this section you are required to submit short essays which are separate from the UW Writing Section. Your responses will be evaluated on content as well as form (spelling, grammar, and punctuation).
Your essays should be original, thoughtful, and concise. Do not copy previous essays from your UW application or materials found on the UW Honors Program web site. Draw on your best qualities as a writer and thinker; academic risk-taking is a core value of the Honors Program, so take some risks and be honest. Tell us who you are and how your story is unique. Work on the essays early, remembering that concise and eloquent writing is both difficult and powerful. Have someone proofread your writing but don’t let a proofreader erase your unique voice.
Respond to the essay prompts using no more than 300 words each.
- The word “Honors” means different things at different universities. Why do you want to be a part of Interdisciplinary Honors at the University of Washington?
- If you could pull together any two living people and listen to their conversation, who would they be and why?
Tips for the Honors Essays
- Write, edit, and proofread your essays in a separate program (such as MS Word, Google Docs, etc.), then copy/paste the text into your application.
- Remember your audience. The UW is a large and diverse public institution. The people evaluating your application may not have the same political, moral, or religious beliefs you do. Diverse viewpoints are desired in the academic world. Consider this as you frame your essay.
- Proofread! The UW uses a holistic application review process, as do we – your writing ability is no less important than your grades and scores.
- Finally, be creative, and be yourself! This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to us. Let us see who you are and what makes you tick. Demonstrate what qualities you would contribute to the Honors Program.
The UW Honors Program is not requiring or accepting recommendations for Autumn 2018 freshman admission.
99.9% of UW Honors Program applications are submitted online. Any Honors application materials submitted on paper must include a copy of your entire UW application and be sent directly to the Honors Program office, which is separate from UW Admissions:
University of Washington Honors Program
211 Mary Gates Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-2800