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Given the rigorous yet supportive nature of our program, Honors helps students prepare to be successful in a wide variety of post-collegiate careers. Many of our students apply to graduate school and it is part of the mission of our program to prepare students for that experience and support them as fully as possible with their applications.  It is not unusual for graduates of our program to return and tell us how the rigors of the Honors seminars equipped them to excel in their post-undergraduate educations.

Westminster College's Honors program does a particularly effective job of preparing students for graduate school due to the following features:

  • The interdisciplinary approach of Honors classes prepares students for the interdisciplinary nature of most graduate programs 

  • The seminar-style learning environment trains Honors students how to be successful in this rigorous, graduate school style of education

  • Close interaction with Honors professors early in their careers allows Honors students the opportunity to establish mentor relationships that will result in research partnerships and strong letters of recommendation

  • Emphasis on critical thinking skills and extensive critique of student writing helps Honors students find their own academic voices, a crucial skill for graduate school personal essays and subsequent success in the graduate school classroom

We also offer grants from the Student Honors Council Fund to help offset expenses associated with travel to graduate schools to investigate programs and interview with admissions committees.  Click here for a grant application.

As a result of these advantages and opportunities, Westminster College Honors students have been admitted to the following graduate programs, among others, in recent years: 

American University University of California, San Francisco
Babson College University of Cincinnati
Boston University University of Colorado
Brandeis University University of Connecticut
Case Western University of Florida
Colorado State University University of Illinois
Columbia University University of Iowa
Cornell University University of London
Creighton University University of Michigan
Dartmouth University University of Minnesota
Duke University University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Emory University University of New Mexico
Georgetown University University of North Texas
George Washington University University of Oregon
Johns Hopkins University University of Pennsylvania
Lewis & Clark College University of Rochester
New York University University of San Diego
Ohio State University University of South Carolina
Oxford University University of Southern California
Purdue University University of South Florida
Stanford University University of Utah
St. Louis University University of Washington
SUNY, Binghamton University of Wisconsin
SUNY, Stony Brook Utah State University
Syracuse University Vanderbilt University
Texas A&M University Virginia Commonwealth University
Tufts University Wake Forest University
Tulane University Washington University
University of Arizona Yale University
University of California, Davis  
University of California, San Diego  

 

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, Honors at Westminster accommodates students from many different disciplines.  The programs at the institutions mentioned above include law schools, medical schools, MBA programs, and M.A. and Ph.D. programs in a variety of disciplines.

On the other hand, many Honors graduates enter the workforce directly after Westminster in a wide range of interesting positions. Students in recent classes have secured jobs with the National Park Service as an educational park ranger, the Los Alamos National Lab as a researcher, Goldman Sachs as an analyst, as a teacher of English in Egypt, as a lab technician at the University of Utah Medical School, and as a scientist at Biogen, to name just a few. Numerous students have pursued service or fellowship opportunities, like working with children through AmeriCorps or teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar. In all these cases, students apply their learning from Honors--especially critical thinking skills, aptitude for making connections across disciplines, and communication abilities--to excel in complex and challenging environments. For example, read about 2007 Honors grad Ray Bradford's recent release of a telemedicine app, Spruce, with $2 million in seed money from Kleiner Perkins.