Westover Honors College is a vibrant learning community for academically gifted students. Our program’s innovative approach to education promotes interaction among students who value academic excellence.
A collaborative environment for scholars.
Westover is a vibrant learning community for academically gifted students.
As a Westover Fellow, you will hone your creative, problem-solving, and critical- thinking skills. Take unique classes that broaden your intellectual curiosity. Become more independent. Open doors to professional opportunities.
We’ll challenge you to do more, but we’ll also help you become your best. Your classmates are here for you, too. We all lift as we climb.
Dig deeper, stretch farther.
As a Westover, you’ll take classes that are more in-depth than the general education program. It’s challenging, but will help you grow. Of course, these classes intriguing, too — imagine studying what Frankenstein teaches us about bioengineering, how Jane Austen remains famous today, and how Winston Churchill led his nation through war.
It all builds to this.
The apex of your Westover experience is a thesis. You’ll apply everything you’ve learned in college to a question you come up with. It’s tough, but you’re up to the challenge. It sets you apart as you apply for competitive graduate schools and jobs.
- American University
- Boston University
- College of William & Mary
- Duke University
- George Washington School of Medicine
- Georgetown University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Lynchburg College
- Michigan State University
- North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- Rice University
- Syracuse University
- Uniformed Service University School of Medicine
- University of Chicago
- University of Delaware
- University of Massachusetts
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of Richmond School of Law
- University of Virginia School of Medicine
- Vanderbilt University
- Yale Divinity School
Friends in high places (notable Alumni)
Kevin Scott, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft
Syed Towheed, former NASA computer scientist, internet entrepreneur
Elena Kritter, actress
To be considered for the program, you must have:
- an overall high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
- a minimum SAT score of 1300
- exemplary academic records that show excellence in traditional in-class learning, as well as strong evidence of intellectual curiosity, co-curricular interests, and leadership potential
Exceptions are occasionally made. An SAT higher than 1300 may compensate for a slightly lower score in another area.
Westovers visit National Museum of African American History and Culture
The museum, which opened in 2016, is part of the Smithsonian Institution system and “the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.”
Parker Jones ’19 spends fall semester on Capitol Hill
Jones’ internship was with the National Association of State Foresters in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit, member-based organization that focuses on protecting state and private forests.
Emily Horton ’18 named Sommerville Scholar
The annual award, given since 1965 in memory of former professor Richard Clarke Sommerville, is the most prestigious academic accolade presented at Lynchburg.
Physics major Nick Savino ’19 investigates magnetism with lasers
This summer, Nick Savino ’19 spent more than 200 hours over eight weeks developing a system to measure the magnetic properties of materials that are 100 nanometers thick — think a human hair, divided by 1,000.
Ancito Etienne ’17 embodies hope and service
Ancito Etienne ’17 plans to pursue graduate study in developmental economics in order to set the stage for better education, more accessible health care, and cleaner water in Haiti.
LC students digitize historic Civil War documents and design webpage
As part of the Westover Honor’s class “Common Soldiers of the Civil War,” thirteen students have pored through and archived local documents from the Civil War to understand the life and times of those living in and around Lynchburg during this period.
LC claims spot in National Ethics Bowl
Armed with ethical arguments, more than a hundred pages of research, and a strong spirit of teamwork, the University of Lynchburg ethics bowl team fought its way to a national tournament for the first time this year.