Given the rigorous yet supportive nature of Honors at Westminster, graduates of the program are successful in a wide variety of post-collegiate careers. Many of our students attend graduate school and it is part of the mission of our program to prepare students for that experience. It is not unusual for graduates of our program to return and tell us how the rigors of the Honors seminars equipped them to excel in their post-undergraduate educations.

Alumni tend to mention the following

  • How the interdisciplinary approach of Honors classes prepares them for the interdisciplinary nature of most graduate programs

  • How the seminar-style learning environment trains them to be successful in a rigorous, graduate school style of education

  • How the close interaction with Honors professors early in their careers establishes mentor relationships that will result in research partnerships and strong letters of recommendation

  • How the emphasis on critical thinking skills and extensive critique of student writing helps them find their own academic voices, a crucial skill for graduate school personal essays and subsequent success in the graduate school classroom

We also offer grants from the Student Honors Council Fund to help offset expenses associated with travel to graduate schools to investigate programs and interview with admissions committees.

Alumni Profiles

Graduates of Westminster's Honors program go on to successful careers in a wide variety of fields. The profiles below feature just a few of their stories. More importantly, these alums are life-long learners who are equipped to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of life in the 21st century.

Abigail McKinney ('16)
Allie Roach ('12)
Andy Larsen ('12)
Andre Biscaye ('14)
Ashley Pedersen ('09)
Ben Rackham ('09)
Brody Leven ('10)
Camber Stoddard ('11)
Cassidy Jones ('11)
Chris Cunningham ('15)
Christina Della Iacono ('12)
Christopher Roundy ('11)
Cooper Henderson ('11)
Daniel Perez ('06)
David Luhr ('12)
Erika Rodriguez ('11)
Fehmi Yasin ('13)
Jacob Wayman ('11)
Jeffrey Pedersen ('13)
Jesse Resnick ('10)

Graduate School Placement

Westminster College Honors students have been admitted to the following graduate programs, among others, in recent years.

  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Case Western
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Creighton University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oxford University
  • Purdue University

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, Honors at Westminster accommodates students from many different disciplines. The programs at the institutions mentioned above include law schools, medical schools, MBA programs, and M.A. and Ph.D. programs in a variety of disciplines.

On the other hand, many Honors graduates enter the workforce directly after Westminster in a wide range of interesting positions. Students in recent classes have secured jobs with the National Park Service as an educational park ranger, the Los Alamos National Lab as a researcher, Goldman Sachs as an analyst, as a teacher of English in Egypt, as a lab technician at the University of Utah Medical School, and as a scientist at Biogen, to name just a few. Numerous students have pursued service or fellowship opportunities, like working with children through AmeriCorps or teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar. In all these cases, students apply their learning from Honors--especially critical thinking skills, aptitude for making connections across disciplines, and communication abilities--to excel in complex and challenging environments. For example, read about 2007 Honors grad Ray Bradford's recent release of a telemedicine app, Spruce, with $2 million in seed money from Kleiner Perkins.