Transfer Honors Student Application

There are a limited number of spots in the Honors College available for transfer students from other institutions through the lateral-entry program. Admitted students take 4 Honors seminars and earn an Honors certificate while also satisfying all their Westminster general education requirements (WCore). Applicants must have successfully completed at least 2 general-education classes for which they receive WCore credit before starting classes in the Honors College.

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, you can 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 the following in your application:

  • A short, typed 1–3 page honors essay (explains why you are a suitable candidate for the Honors College and how its classes and co-curricular programs will help you achieve your academic goals)
  • A graded, college-level essay

Additionally, confirm that a faculty member has submitted your Letter of Recommendation Form. Instructions will be available during your application process.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline

June 1, 2023

Apply to the Honors College

Lateral-Entry Scholarship

Transfer applicants are eligible for a $2,500 Honors Lateral Entry Academic Excellence Scholarship.

You will be able to include the following in your application:

  • Required Essay: The Honors College Lateral-Entry Scholarship supports students who have the reflective capacity to excel in the unique honors learning environment and be active leaders in the honors community. Demonstrate your understanding of how one can grow as a leader by writing an essay (1–3 pages) that reflects on novelist Toni Morrison’s advice to those who hold influential positions: “If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else” (2003 Interview).
  • 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 the scholarship, call the Office of Admissions at 801.832.2200 or toll free at 800.748.4753, or email the office at

Scholarship Application Deadline

June 1, 2023

Apply For The Scholarship

Tim Lindgren ('17)

I became interested in the Honors College based on its incredibly interactive, creative, and challenging educational structure. I was fortunate to carry the lateral-entry option forward and develop this avenue.

Tim Lindgren ('17)

Tim Lindgren has traveled the world competing as a professional skier. His love for the sport—and his pursuit of an exceptional education—brought him to Westminster on an athletics scholarship.

Tim was drawn to the accumulation of very driven students within the Honors College, as well as the educational format and faculty. Through his work within the Honors College, Tim participated in the Oxford Consortium on Human Rights “In and After Conflict” Conference. He also presented research at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and published essays on ecocide for The International Journal of Human Rights and on colonial power for The Journal of World-Systems Research.

After graduating from the Honors College, Tim completed his master’s degree in international law at SOAS University of London and is now working on his law degree at the University of Melbourne.