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          Benefits of Being an Honors Student

          Academic Distinction

          The Honors designation on your transcript shows graduate schools and employers that you have achieved academic success in rigorous courses and within a community of motivated students. The challenging, comprehensive curriculum also allows you to grow as a thinker, writer, 和 speaker.

          At 开始, Honors students are entitled to wear various cords that correspond with their Honors achievement 和 students who complete the Honors Degree have that designation noted in the graduation program.

          Small Class Sizes

          Enrollment in Honors courses is restricted to facilitate the interactive, conversational environment. This intimate setting allows for close student-professor interactions and mentoring—an important benefit when you need letters of recommendation for jobs 和 graduate school.

          Excellent Faculty

          Honors College faculty are known for their teaching excellence 和 passion for working with students. In fact, 9 Honors professors have won Westminster's Gore Excellence in Teaching Award, the college's top recognition for faculty.

          Enhanced Support, Advising, 和 Mentoring

          As a first-year Honors student, you'll receive specialized advising from trained advisors, meet weekly with your cohort during the fall semester, and attend an early, supplemental day of orientation to help ease the transition to college life. You'll also be grouped with peer mentors—upper-class Honors students with extensive experience in the program—who can help guide you through your first year of college. Support then continues throughout your time in the Honors College through targeted workshops 和 dedicated advising.

          Interdisciplinary Approaches

          The interdisciplinary Honors curriculum brings students and 2 faculty from different academic disciplines together to help you practice how to have conversations across differences and to prepare you for the interdisciplinary approach of most top graduate programs 和 professional fields.

          Commitment to Diversity

          The Honors College is the only campus unit with a student diversity coordinator 和 was the first academic unit at Westminster to conduct a comprehensive diversity climate survey. The Honors College is helping lead the national conversation around using inclusive admissions strategies in honors, 和 the Honors Dean regularly leads national workshops on inclusive models of honors education. Honors students are over-represented on campus in programs such as the Legacy Scholars programMcNair Scholars Program, as well as Honors leadership positions: 80% of the 2019—20 Student Honors Council are students of color, while the president 和 vice-president of the 2020—21 Student Honors Council are students of color.

          Alternative Gen-Ed Experience

          The Honors curriculum offers a unique learning experience that goes beyond Westminster's wcore courses. Honors offers an efficient, flexible pathway through gen-ed requirements, so you can fit in double majors, multiple minors, electives, extracurricular activities, intensive research projects, leadership opportunities, 和 other enhanced academic experiences.

          Research Opportunities

          The unique approach to learning, the emphasis on writing and research in courses, and the program's support of outside research allows you to more fully investigate your academic interests. Many Honors students have their work published or present their work at national conferences. The Honors College also awards 2 substantial independent summer research grants annually to Honors students 和 has an Honors Student Research Fund to support presentation of student research at academic conferences.

          Sense of Community

          Honors students take core courses together and interact with Honors faculty and students through other academic and social events. This interaction helps establish a sense of belonging to the college community. The Honors College is housed in Nunemaker Place, where you’ll find a variety of distinctive study and meeting spaces. Located next to beautiful Emigration Creek, Nunemaker opens out onto a tree-lined patio where you can eat lunch, read, 和 relax with your fellow Honors students.

          Special 出国留学 Opportunity

          Westminster’s Honors College is a member of the Principia Consortium, which gives students access to a unique Honors educational experience at the University of Glasgow, Scotl和, the fourth oldest 英语-speaking university in the world.

          Access to Supplementary 资源

          As an Honors student, you’ll have access to many additional resources for learning, including the Honors College listserv, the Pizza with Profs lecture series, the Honors College newsletter, attendance at cultural events and other field studies, funding to attend and present papers at academic conferences, leadership training opportunities like the Student Honors Council, special recognition opportunities like the Honors Writing 奖项, and opportunities to participate in special meetings with distinguished visiting scholars 和 lecturers.

          Fellowship Advising Office

          Westminster’s Fellowship Advising Office, which serves the entire student body, is housed in the Honors College, ensuring that Honors students are introduced to a wide range of post-graduate fellowship opportunities like the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, 和 Truman scholarships.


          Being part of a close-knit community in the Honors College has opened doors for me. I developed many close relationships with Honors faculty who became my mentors. Through the Honors College—和 my relationship with faculty—I learned about the McNair Scholars Program.

          Debbie Samaniego ('17)

          Debbie Samaniego, a first-generation student, is no stranger to hard work. She is the middle child of 5 children, and though her brother went to community college, she is the first in her family to earn a 4-year degree. Debbie grew up in Logan, Utah, and chose Westminster because she valued and needed the support and guidance that its small size allows. Her mentor relationships allowed her the opportunity to become a teaching fellow for the Clemente Humanities program and travel to Guatemala for a seminar. Debbie has also attended conferences with Honors faculty, and through the guidance of Mary Jo Hinsdale, applied for 和 received the prestigious Marshall Fellowship. She is now working towards her PhD in migration studies at the University of Sussex.

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