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Honors Program

The Honors Program at Puget Sound offers students a chance to fulfill their Core Requirements in courses that focus on classic texts of Eastern and Western civilization. Each year, 34 students are selected to participate in this four-year program. These students will take classes together and build a common base of knowledge from which to draw on in subsequent classes. During senior year, each student in the program will write an Honors Thesis in their major or field of study and then present their research to the community. At graduation, students who complete the program will be designated as Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholars.

The Honors Program fosters a sense of community among its students by sponsoring activities such as trips to the Seattle Opera, the annual Langlow Haunted House which benefits the Kids Can Do! mentorship program, frequent discussions, presentations by members of the campus community or visiting scholars, and the Honors Film Series. Fourteen students may also live in the Langlow House which serves as a central meeting place for the program.

How can I find out more about the program?

A more detailed description of the program is contained in the Academic Department Overview for the Honors Program or on the Honors Program website. You can also take a closer look at the requirements for the Honors Program in the Bulletin. If you have additional questions about the program, you may contact George Erving, Director of the Honors Program, at 253.879.3816 or by email

How can I apply to the Honors Program?

Admission to the Honors Program requires an additional application found on the Puget Sound Supplement to the Common Application. The Honors Program application process includes an additional essay and teacher recommendation. Successful applicants are selected on the basis of their academic performance.

Having trouble accessing the Honors application on the Common Application? Download it here. 

For questions about the process of applying, please contact the program liaison.

Application deadline is January 15.