Westminster College

2014 Quick Stats
1840 S. 1300 E

Salt Lake City, UT 84105-3697

Phone: (801) 484-7651
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 21
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#22 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Westminster College is a private institution that was founded in 1875. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,526, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 27 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Westminster College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 22. Its tuition and fees are $29,500 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Westminster College offers a truly unique environment for learning in a location that is recognized as a quality of life hotspot. Fortune recently rated Salt Lake City as one of the top 15 "best new cities for business, " and Forbes ranked Salt Lake City third for Best Big Cities for Jobs . A 2011 Gallup poll rated Utah as the #5 "happiest state" in the country. The Advocate recently ranked Salt Lake City as the "#6 Gayest City in America." Sperling's ranked Salt Lake City #1 as the Most "Fiscally Fit" Cities. Westminster was also included in the 2012 Huffington Post article "Ski Schools Above and Below the Radar" for its unique Winter at Westminster program, a study-abroad alternative that combines once-in-a-lifetime snow sports activities with 12-16 transferable credits. Additionally, more than 40 members of the U.S. Ski, Snowboard and Freeskiing Teams attend the college.

Located where the city of Salt Lake meets the Rocky Mountains and deeply committed to each student's success, Westminster is a comprehensive liberal arts college that integrates a strong foundation in liberal education with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our purposes are to prepare students to lead lives of learning, accomplishment, and service, and to help them develop skills and attributes critical for success in a rapidly changing world.

Westminster students take advantage of our unique approach to learning characterized by active, hands-on, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary experiences, coupled with close, mentoring relationships with faculty. All freshmen participate in learning communities, service-learning opportunities abound, and a greater percentage of Westminster students participate in internships than any other school in the state.
Westminster has more than 70 academic programs, including 38 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate degrees. Some unique and very popular programs include the aviation program (including our own flight center at Salt Lake International Airport); Honors; the McNair Scholars program, an elite national graduate school preparation program for low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students; Westminster Scholars, a program that incorporates a problem-based curriculum; and May Term, a short academic term that is free to students who enrolled full time the previous spring and fall. Throughout their education, students are challenged to experiment with ideas, raise questions, critically examine alternatives, and make informed decisions. Students are encouraged to accept responsibility for their own learning, to discover and pursue their passions, and to act with responsibility.

The culture at Westminster is easygoing, neighborly, and welcoming. The vibrant campus community is diverse, with undergraduates and graduates, residents and commuters; students of all ages and from a huge variety of different backgrounds. The college has students from 48 different states and 41 countries who have all kinds of different interests, passions, and talents. But with a total enrollment of just 3,301, every one of them finds a niche.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1875
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $58,889,056


When applying to Westminster College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 21. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Westminster College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.5%
Application deadline August 21
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Westminster College is 10:1, and the school has 62.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Westminster College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Natural Resources and Conservation. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 30%
Health Professions and Related Programs 18%
Social Sciences 7%
Psychology 6%
Natural Resources and Conservation 5%

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Student Life

Westminster College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,526, with a gender distribution of 46.3 percent male students and 53.7 percent female students. At this school, 27 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73 percent of students live off campus. Westminster College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,301
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Westminster College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Westminster College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Westminster College, 38 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Westminster College.

Students who have cars on campus 38%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Westminster College, 59.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,203.

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Tuition and fees $29,500 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,208 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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