Westminster College Honors Brochure
HONORS I t ’ s a l l about CHALLENGE Connect with an Extraordinary Learning Community Be challenged by interdisciplinary, team-taught, discussion-based seminars. Be inspired by some of Westminsterâ€™s most dynamic professors. Be energized by special opportunities for research, course-related travel, and leadership development. Be engaged in a programwide learning community that will enrich and enhance every element of your Westminster experience, inside and outside the classroom. The Honors Connection Summarizing the Highlights Built-in Support Working closely with other • Participate in the Peer As an Honors student you will high-achieving students raises Mentoring Program, through benefit from the following: the bar, certainly, but it also which 15 to 20 upperclass The core of the program is a provides a built-in support system Honors students mentor new • An innovative, interdisciplinary carefully designed sequence of of mentors and friends. In students entering the program seven Honors seminars that addition to having an academic replace the college-wide liberal advisor in your major, you will education requirements. receive academic advising from • Humanities I the Honors director. You’ll Honors Seminars • Humanities II • History and Philosophy of Science • Science, Power, and Diversity • The Political Economy of Conflict • The Arts in Performance Centered on active learning and personalized attention, these seminars will help you discover your own identity as an independent thinker, a confident speaker, and a persuasive writer. orientation, assistance from an upperclass peer mentor, and elected representatives on the Student Honors Council. Connect to a Wider World As a Westminster Honors student, you’ll have an incredible array of special co-curricular opportunities that will help you grow academically, personally, professionally, and socially. • Conduct research projects, supported by grants • Receive leadership training • Study abroad at Scotland’s University of Glasgow through an Honors program which features a specially designed seminar, elective classes, and various independent study and internship opportunities Honors Council • Contribute to Scribendi, to stretch your mind • A strong emphasis on collaboration and teamwork, among and between students the journal of the Western and faculty, inside and outside Honors region the classroom • Attend regional and national Honors conferences • Participate in all Westminster Honors-sponsored discussions, lectures, and social events • Interact with visiting Honors speakers—noted leaders in the arts, sciences, medicine, business, and academia • Dedicated professors recognized for teaching excellence and who care deeply about your academic and personal growth • Development of high-level research, critical thinking, and communication skills, essential for success in any field • Special academic opportunities such as independent research (often presented at academic and professional conferences), course-related travel, and other significant hands-on learning experiences www.westminstercollege.edu • Human Culture and Behavior also have an additional day of • Be a member of the Student curriculum that challenges you More Honors Opportunities Nunemaker Place Honors students and faculty form a warm and welcoming community. A unique three-story building Honorable Mention Dead Paper Society The award-winning Honors Honors students blow off steam program newsletter is completely at the end of each fall semester written and designed by Honors by gathering around a fire on students. Nunemaker’s back porch and located on the banks of Emigration Creek, Nunemaker is home base for all Honors students. This award-winning structure has networked computers, classroom space, a scholarship library, and a large-screen video projection system connected to the campus network. The back porch is a great spot for reading, relaxing, or just hanging out with other Honors students. Inside, you can study, research graduate schools, write papers, talk to your friends, and attend social events and meetings. It’s open to all Honors students—your home away from home! burning copies of research Pizza with Profs papers they’d rather not see again. The pizza is free and the discussions are lively during these Profs Pick the Flick informal gatherings. Professors Several times a year, a professor and other distinguished guests in the Honors program hosts an exchange ideas with students on evening screening of a film. topics that have ranged from Professors might select a film terrorism to medical ethics to the related to their own academic film industry. disciplines, one that reflects an outside interest, or one that Faculty-Student Softball Game Each spring, Honors faculty and students square off in a softball showdown followed by a post-game picnic. treats a timely subject matter. Scan this code with your smartphone to see Richard’s video. Richard Badenhausen: Professor & Director of the Honors program Teaches: The humanities, war literature, theories of place, and trauma studies Other: He’s a season passholder at Snowbasin and a published authority on TS Eliot. His constant companion is his dog Scout. I t ’ s a l l about Richard who want to challenge themselves.” “We’re looking for students He stresses that Honors students form a close learning community. “Our students have diverse academic interests: pre-med, pre-law, business, and the arts. They share a motivation to be challenged and try new things.” Badenhausen is delighted to be at Westminster. “Westminster is a dynamic comprehensive liberal arts college located in a city, yet surrounded by unmatched natural beauty.” To hear more of Richard’s story come to our website and see his video. www.westminstercollege.edu “Westminster’s Honors program encompasses the entire college experience,” says Dr. Richard Badenhausen. “The seven team-taught seminars give students the opportunity to discuss big ideas from competing perspectives,” he says. “And Honors students can benefit from research grants, writing awards, visiting speakers, regional and national conferences, and travel options.” Smart investments can reap great rewards. Scholarships Application While virtually all Honors The Honors program accepts students receive substantial applications from entering scholarship support from the freshmen beginning in January college due to their strong of their senior year in high school. academic records, the Honors Admission to the program is program also awards an annual offered on a rolling basis. You Academic Excellence Scholar- must have already applied to and ship to an entering freshman been accepted by Westminster who shows particular promise College to be a candidate for the and interest in academic Honors program and have a excellence, campus leadership, minimum ACT score of 26 (SAT and undergraduate research. equivalent 1180). The final dead- The amount of the award line for applications is March 30. typically makes up the difference between the highest collegeawarded scholarship and Westminster tuition. Eligible students are those admitted to the Honors program with an ACT composite score of 30 or higher. Applications for admissions and for scholarships are available on the Honors program website at www.westminstercollege.edu/ honors or from the Office of Admissions. How to contact us: Office of Admissions 1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105 801.832.2200 Toll-free 800.748.4753 Fax 801.832.3101 email@example.com www.westminstercollege.edu Financial Aid Office 801.832.2500 Fax 801.832.2506 Honors Program 801.832.2460 www.westminstercollege.edu/honors you can’t take yourself too seriously.” “To be a good leader, Cooper Henderson ’11 Hometown: Moab, Utah Major: Economics Key Activities: Student body president, Ethics Bowl team, Honors program Overall Take on Westminster: “It encourages you to take chances.” Future Plans: Attain a postgraduate fellowship I t ’ s a l l about co oper Cooper’s been winning ever since. He served as a student rep in the Student Senate his junior year and as president his last year. As a junior, he met with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As a senior, he traveled to Russia with 14 fellow student body presidents from across the country. Cooper served as a member of Westminster’s superb college Ethics Bowl team, which won the regional championship in 2009. Scan this code with your smartphone to see Cooper’s video. Cooper credits his growth to Westminster’s focus on learning. While Cooper didn’t take himself too seriously at Westminster, he compiled a seriously impressive record of accomplishment, positioning himself well for future success. To hear more of Cooper’s story come to our website and see his video. www.westminstercollege.edu Cooper Henderson confesses, “I did nothing my first year. And then my second year I ran for class president as a joke and came close to winning.” Students and Faculty Enrollment: Approximately 2,200 undergraduates and 800 graduate students from 43 states and 30 countries National Recognition The Princeton Review’s The Best 373 Colleges (2011 edition) ranks Westminster in the top 15% of colleges and universities in North America; 13th for quality of life; and as one of America’s Best Value Colleges. Faculty: 140 full-time; 214 parttime faculty: 99% hold the highest degree available in their fields U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of colleges and universities in the West. Location Salt Lake City’s eclectic Sugar House neighborhood: Restaurants and shopping within walking distance; a 10-minute drive from the downtown business district, a center of financial services, technology, health care, bioscience, and communications; a 30-minute drive from world-class, year-round mountain recreation, including seven major resorts Academics Academic calendar: Fall and spring semester system with a 3-week May Term and one summer term Academic programs: More than 70 academic programs, including minors and special opportunities such as the Honors program, pre-professional programs (pre-med, pre-law, and pre-dental), 3-2 engineering program, study abroad, internships, independent study, and research Academic profile, Class of ’14: Average ACT: 24 (SAT equivalent 1110); average GPA: 3.5 Student/faculty ratio: 11:1; average class size is 18 Campus Resources Campus: 27-acre campus with 28 buildings, including residence halls, dining areas, academic buildings and labs, library, facilities for athletics and recreation, and performance spaces Special facilities and resources: • New platinum LEED-certified 60,000-square-foot Meldrum Science Center • Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory for Music and Theatre • Center for Financial Analysis in the Gore School of Business • Flight Operations Center at Salt Lake International Airport • Spectacular Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center Student Life Clubs and organizations: More than 50 academic, professional, and special-interest groups Athletics and recreation: 17 intercollegiate men’s and women’s teams (the Griffins); most compete in NAIA Division I; club sports include tennis, bowling, cycling, skiing, and snowboarding; extensive individual fitness and wellness resources Admissions and Financial Aid Ranked among the “Great Schools, Great Prices” in U.S.News & World Report Application: You can apply online using the Westminster application or the Common Application. A Westminster print application is available in PDF format. Deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for fall, spring, or summer admission; priority financial aid deadline: April 15; on-campus housing deadline: May 15 We will be nationally recognized as an exemplary community of learners, distinguished by our distinctive educational programs, our record of preparing graduates for success in a rapidly changing world, and our commitment to continuous improvement, effectiveness, and value. O u r story in b rief Undergraduate tuition and fees, 2011–2012: Tuition: $27,182; Room and board: $7,584 Financial aid: More than 95% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid: average award (2010–2011): $22,607 Competitive Edge Westminster students acquire the skills, savvy, and confidence to succeed, wherever their career or life paths lead. Westminster College administers all of its educational programs, related support services, and benefits in a manner which does not discriminate against students or prospective students with regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, or a person’s status as a veteran. Office of Admissions 1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105 801.832.2200 Toll-free 800.748.4753 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westminstercollege.edu A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING Character Founded in 1875, Westminster College is a private, comprehensive, liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and focused on developing new and innovative models for teaching and learning.