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 contact Alexa Price, Honors recruiter, at to schedule your visit.

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.

Step 2: Apply to the Honors College

The application will open Sept. 1.

Application Deadlines

Nov. 30, 2020

Priority decision

Apr. 2, 2021

Final deadline

Admission is offered on a rolling basis. Applicants who apply by the Dec. 1 priority deadline will receive a decision by the holidays.

Honors Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is 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 Honors.

The application will open Sept. 1.