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 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, please contact the Admissions Office at 801.832.2200 or 800.748.4753, or by email at

Step 2: Apply to the Honors College

Complete the application and upload your typed honors essay in response to one of the questions below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Please write a short, typed essay (1–3 pages) that addresses one of the topics below.

Essay Questions
  • Describe one of your quirks and how/why it is central to who you are.
  • Discuss the most interesting conversation you have had in the past year. What made it so interesting?
  • Choose a character from a movie or literary work you enjoy who has made a tough decision and write an essay that unpacks why that decision was good or bad. Make sure to cite evidence.
  • Cultural critic Sara Ahmed writes of her "skeptical disbelief in happiness as a technique for living well" because she is suspicious of who gets to determine what happiness looks like in our society. For her, the "face of happiness...looks rather like the face of privilege." Agree or disagree with this claim.

Once you are ready to apply to the Honors College at Westminster as a first-year student, please continue on to the application.

Apply to the Honors College

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.