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Honors Program

Admission Requirements & Application


Westminster’s All-College Honors Program values intellectual achievement, curiosity, creativity, leadership, and service. To qualify for the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.75 high school GPA; and
  • Minimum score of 1300 SAT (math + EBRW) or 28 ACT Students who meet the minimum GPA and SAT or ACT stated above will receive a letter from the Honors Director via U.S. Mail encouraging them to apply to the program.


Students who do not qualify for honors in the senior year of high school may apply to join the program after their first semester at Westminster. These students begin the program in the fall semester of the sophomore year. To be eligible for sophomore-entry, students must:

  • earn a minimum GPA of 3.7 in the fall semester at Westminster;
  • submit letters of recommendation from all professors in the fall semester; and
  • write a short essay.

Students who earn a 3.7 GPA in their first semester will be contacted by the Honors Program Director at the beginning of the spring semester with instructions on how to apply.

Test-Optional Application

The College understands that COVID-19 continues to contribute to reduced testing opportunities for honors program applicants. In lieu of submitting test scores, current high school students with reduced opportunities to take SAT or ACT exams may opt to submit an electronic portfolio. Portfolios may take one of two forms: 1) a 5-minute video highlighting a significant academic or extracurricular achievement; or 2) a 750-word writing sample. Portfolios will be evaluated on quality of intellectual achievement; degree of innovation; and clarity of presentation. To submit a portfolio instead of test scores, choose the “Electronic Portfolio” option when completing the honors program application.

Application Process

  • Acceptance to All-College Honors requires a complete and successful application to Westminster College.
  • Following successful application to Westminster, qualified students will be notified by US mail of their eligibility for Honors.
  • Students who wish to join honors must submit the online application by March 15.
  • Decision notifications will be communicated after April 1.
  • Students accepted into the Honors Program who want to commit must submit their deposit and notify the Honors Program Director by May 1.