First-Year Honors Student Application

While the average ACT score of recent entering Honors classes is around 28 (and GPA is 3.85), it is much more important that students have a strong academic preparation in high school, an attraction to the distinctive interdisciplinary, seminar-style learning approach in Honors, and a deep desire to take advantage of the many opportunities that the program offers. We examine applications holistically and minimize the role standardized tests play in the admissions process. There is no minimum ACT/SAT score to apply to the Honors College and Westminster is a test optional institution. However, students who wish to include test scores in their general college application may do so.

While interviews are not required of applicants, we strongly encourage prospective students to visit campus, attend an Honors seminar, and meet with the dean of the Honors College or the assistant director of Honors and fellowship advising. Please email Alexa Price, Honors recruiter, at to schedule your visit or discuss virtual visit options.

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply for admission to Westminster

Honors College applicants must first complete a Westminster application. If you have not already completed a Westminster application, please follow the steps to apply online.

If you have questions about your admissions status at Westminster College, call the Office of Admissions at 801.832.2200 or toll free at 800.748.4753, or email the office at

Step 2: Apply to the Honors College

Complete the Honors College application. You will need to include a short, typed essay (1–3 pages) in your application that addresses 1 of the following topics:

  1. Describe one of your quirks and how/why it is central to who you are.
  2. Discuss the most interesting conversation you have had in the past year. What made it so interesting and what did you take away from that conversation?
  3. Looking back on her own education, bell hooks recalls that “the classroom began to feel more like a prison, a place of punishment and confinement rather than a place of promise and possibility.” Thinking about your own identity as a learner, write an essay that specifies what a classroom that is a “place of promise and possibility” looks like for you.
  4. Cultural critic Sara Ahmed writes of her "skeptical disbelief in happiness as a technique for living well" because she is suspicious of just who gets to determine what happiness looks like in our society. In fact, for her, the "face of happiness...looks rather like the face of privilege." Agree or disagree with this claim.

Application Deadlines

Nov. 30, 2020

Priority Decision Deadline

Apr. 2, 2021

Final Deadline

Admission to the Honors College is offered on a rolling basis. Applicants who apply by the priority deadline will receive a decision by the holidays.

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Honors Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Honors Academic Excellence Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded annually to up to 4 entering first-year Honors students who show particular promise and interest in academic excellence, campus leadership and visibility, and the unique learning environment of the Honors College. Your Honors College application will not be affected in any way by whether or not you apply for this scholarship. You will be able to include the following in your application:

  • Required Essay: Recognizing that part of being a leader and growing as a person is learning from your mistakes, write a short, 1–3-page typed essay that describes in detail an occasion when you made a mistake, big or small. Why did you make the mistake? What did you learn from it? And how have you changed your behavior (if at all) as a result?
  • Optional Supplemental Video: In a 1977 speech to the students of Douglass College, poet Adrienne Rich encouraged students to "claim" their education rather than "receive" it. In a video of up to 2 minutes, discuss how you understand the difference between those 2 approaches to education and how you plan to "claim" your education in the Honors College at Westminster.

If you have questions about your admissions status at Westminster College, call the Office of Admissions at 801.832.2200 or toll free at 800.748.4753, or email the office at

Feb. 1, 2021

Application Deadline

Apply For The Scholarship