Honors Program Mission: The Honors Program empowers students to be active and engaged in their experience at Westfield State University, fostering their academic, personal, and professional development in an innovative, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment. We are a diverse community of intellectually curious learners and leaders inspired to explore and develop our passions through small, student-centered classes, faculty and peer mentorship, project-based learning, research and creative work, civic engagement, presentation opportunities on and off campus, and social activities. Opportunities for personal growth, community building, and critical thinking abound!

Students in the Honors Program are academically motivated. Most had high school GPAs above 3.5 and were involved in extracurricular activities and leadership positions.

To Apply: Complete this application form and attach your essay.

Questions: please contact Gretchen Konrad at gkonrad@westfield.ma.edu or call (413)572-8086




 Application Essay Guidelines

The Honors Program is intended to help you develop your intellectual curiosity, discover your passion, and help you grow. What would that look like for you? Respond to one of the following prompts in 400 words maximum. Please upload your essay as .doc or .pdf:

  1. What are you intellectually curious about? Describe a time when learning something new excited you. How will the Honors Program help you nurture that curiosity at Westfield State?
  1. What lights your fire? Describe something you’re passionate about. How will the Honors Program help you further develop your passions? 
  1. Describe a way you have grown as an individual. How do you see the Honors Program helping you further develop academically, personally, or professionally?