Admission Requirements & Curriculum

Admission Requirements

High school seniors

  • 1300 SAT or 29 ACT score
  • Minimum 3.7 high school G.P.A.
  • Scholarship Essay
  • Here’s how the process works:
    • When you apply to Westminster College, you will receive communication from Admissions about competing for academic scholarships by writing an essay.
    • When that process is complete, Admissions will forward the names of qualified students and their essays to the Honors Program Director.
    • Essays are then read and evaluated by the Honors Program Director and the Honors Committee, which consists of a group of six elected faculty members across the disciplines and a current honors student.
    • When the evaluation process is complete, the Honors Program Director will notify successful candidates by letter and invite those students to join the program.

First-year students in the spring semester

  • Minimum Westminster G.P.A. of 3.7 in the fall semester
  • Support form submitted by all professors from the fall semester
  • Essay



The Honors Curriculum is comprised of the following courses:
  • Honors Inquiry
  • Honors Seminar (2 semester hours)
  • Three Honors courses rotated among the various disciplines (which could satisfy IP, Cluster, Major, or minor credit; no course may have prerequisites, except courses which have the prerequisite of WRI 111 or SPE 111)
  • Two to three discipline-specific research courses (601, 602, 660, 670) in which students will successfully initiate and complete a creative/original, workable thesis and research project within a discipline through Capstone and Honors Research courses.

Students admitted to the All-College Honors Program in the spring semester of the first-year are exempted from the Honors Inquiry requirement. Those who are invited into the program in their spring semester can register for the honors section of writing (WRI111H) if they have not already completed their writing requirement through either the Writing 111 course or its equivalent in transfer credit or by receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in English Language and Composition.

The Honors Inquiry course is taught by the Honors Program Director. Two of the three disciplinary-specific Honors-designated courses must be earned outside of the Honors Scholar’s discipline. Interdisciplinary majors must take two of the three Honors-designated courses outside the discipline that constitutes the largest number of courses in the major. Honors-designated courses will be open to non-Honors Scholars if the necessary enrollment is not reached. Non-Honors Scholars who enroll in Honors-designated courses must have a minimum 3.5 GPA or consent of instructor to enroll.

The Honors Seminar (2 semester hours) is a gateway course to the research component of the Honors Program. Like other components of the Honors Program, the Honors Seminar demands self-motivation and active contribution to group activities, especially class discussions. Its aims are:

  • to provide a sense of community among Honors Scholars
  • to provide the opportunity for senior and junior Honors Scholars to mentor sophomores
  • to cultivate active engagement in co-curricular lectures on campus and through leading discussions
  • to promote participation in the honor society Omicron Kappa Sigma through coordinating co-curricular events, planning student meetings, and organizing and presenting Honors forums