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William O. Douglas
Honors College

Hebeler Hall 219
(509) 963-1900


Application Information

The William O. Douglas Honors College is a separate application. The DHC application does not substitute for the Central Washington University Application for Undergraduate Admission, nor vice versa.

There is no application deadline. All applications are processed on a rolling admission basis. However, applications received by May 31 are prioritized for admission and LLC placement in the following autumn.

Admission is essay-based. No SAT/ACT scores or minimum GPA required.

We do not refuse any applicants. Our mission is to promote an inclusive and accessible learning environment. If we identify opportunities for improvement in an admission essay, applicants will hear back from us with specific notes and be allowed to revise and resubmit their essay.

Writing Standards

The essay is the most crucial part of an application. Prospective students should use it as an opportunity to demonstrate writing ability, critical thinking, and individuality. A compelling essay proves mastery of the following criteria.

  1. Correct spelling and thoughtful word choice.
  2. Appropriate punctuation.
  3. Logical grammar and sentence structure.
  4. Parsing ideas by paragraph.
  5. Cohesiveness and flow of response.
  6. Effective answering of the prompt.

Essays must also be double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12, and a minimum of 500 words. PDFs are preferred. Include your name at the top of the document.

Essay Prompt

FIRST YEAR (earned high school diploma by the quarter of entry) & TRANSFER STUDENTS (AA or 45 or more credits)

It's time for you to retire. At your retirement celebration, two people have been chosen to speak about you, your life, and most importantly, your legacy. Which two people are speaking, and what do they say? Following their remarks, you impart a bit of wisdom about what you've learned about life. What do you say?

There are two key considerations you should note before responding to the prompt. First, you are at retirement age (60+), so your high school accomplishments are many years in the past. We encourage you to write in a tense that reflects the age at which you will retire. Writing your full essay in the conditional tense ("would") can become cumbersome and repetitive. Second, each person's legacy looks very different but should be defined by the friends, family, and community that feel the impact of your life.

RUNNING START (no high school diploma)

Running Start students applying for admission, please submit a 500-word writing sample. The sample does not need to meet the above-listed prompt but must meet and conform to the Writing Standards listed above.

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