Message from the Director

Maria Frawley
Maria Frawley: Director of the University Honors Program. Photo Credit: Jessica McConnell Burt

Welcome to the University Honors Program (UHP) at the George Washington University (GW). The students and faculty who belong to the Honors Program community share a commitment to a vibrant, rigorous education. The Honors Program curriculum is designed to enhance and augment the coursework a student does in his or her major; built around a series of small pro-seminars, many interdisciplinary in nature. Honors Program courses provide students with intense intellectual challenges and encourage critical engagement with complex issues. Every semester Honors Program students have the opportunity to take courses taught by the University Professors of GW, a highly select group comprised of accomplished scholars and excellent teachers representing a wide range of disciplines.

The Honors Program community extends well beyond the classroom. We regularly offer an array of activities—from local hikes to student/faculty dinners—to nurture our community. Our popular "Professors on the Town" program encourages students and faculty to engage together in events on campus and in Washington, D.C. We continually seek out service projects to put our talents and energy to good use. With students, faculty, staff, and offices on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, the Honors Program is truly a university wide program. Our exceptionally talented and highly motivated students routinely have great success in competing for major fellowships and awards, both within GW and nationally.

The Honors Program offers an education unlike any other. I encourage you to contact us with any questions. We are eager to hear from you! 


Maria Frawley 
Executive Director, University Honors Program