The Westover Honors Program is a vibrant learning community for academically gifted students. Our program’s innovative approach to education promotes interaction among students who value academic excellence.
Westover Fellows hone their creative, problem-solving, and critical skills through formal and informal learning experiences as they broaden and deepen their intellectual curiosity and independence. They are prepared to excel in a world of widespread and rapid change.
An environment of trust and mutual respect encourages Westover Fellows to participate in the free exchange of ideas, while a wide range of social and cultural opportunities linked to a highly challenging curriculum expands traditional classroom boundaries.
The Westover Honors Program has 4 major components:
As an incoming Westover Fellow, you will participate in an off-campus retreat before the school semester begins. Over the 2-day retreat, you will be introduced to the program, its directors, some of your professors, and your Westover classmates. This fun and informal annual retreat will ease your transition to college. See the forms page for required forms.
You will follow a core of honors courses that replaces most of the College’s General Education requirements. These courses include 53 hours in humanities, mathematics, social sciences, fine arts, and sciences.
Westover Honors Colloquia
You will take a total of 12 hours of honors colloquia. Two or three colloquia offerings each term, including study abroad opportunities, allow you to select from a wide range of engaging topics that will enhance your understanding of global, national, and local cultures.
You will complete a senior honors project, which includes individual writing, research, and presentation.
To be considered for the program, you must have:
- an overall high school GPA of 3.5
- 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 the other area.