The Honors College

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

Admissions to the Honors College is rolling. Apply now to 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.

Being in the Honors Program has increased my drive to do better in classes and think about college as a community. The resources that you get and the connections that you make in the Honors Program are valuable. My college experience wouldn’t be the same without it.

Travis Tribble
Honors Student Council President

Joining the Honors Student Council was one of my highest accomplishments. Since then, I’ve established leadership qualities that I didn’t know that I had.

Shay Malla
Transferred to University of Washington

My biggest accomplishment was joining the Honors program especially as a Running Start student – it shows me that I can become something greater than myself. Now I’ve learned that I have perseverance and that I’m strong.

Eneya Kwesele
Running Start, Transferred to Whitworth University

The Honors Program has opened my eyes to what ‘research’ really is.  I enjoy being in a challenging environment where people strive for intellectual accomplishment and are respectful of each other’s differences.

Willow Strey
Career Employee Options, All-Washington Academic Team 2020, Coca-Cola Scholar National Silver Award Recipient

At Shoreline, what really stands out to me is the community. It’s very diverse. The class sizes are also really small and you’re able to contact your professors.

Dang Dang
International Student, Transferred to The State University of New York

Contact Us

The Honors College

FOSS (5000) Building, Room 5336

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.

Explore Honors classes

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 $295 per quarter.

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.

The Honors College has a generous agreement with Washington State University for scholarships and honors opportunities at WSU for those who complete honors at Shoreline. For more information, please see our Memorandum with WSU. For any questions, please contact

Admission Criteria

The Honors College at Shoreline uses 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 for fall, winter and spring quarters.
  • Required materials: Completed online application, recent college and/or high school transcripts, and optional test scores
  • Application Fee: No cost to apply online

Apply to The Honors College


The Honors College Office

Michael Overa, Interim Director of the Honors College
Audrey Reuter, Academic Advisor

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