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:
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:
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.