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Westminster College is a private institution that was founded in 1875. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,549, 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 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 22. Its tuition and fees are $28,210 (2012-13).
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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." A 2011 Gallup poll rated Utah as the #5 "happiest state"in the country. And a new rating recently emerged by The Advocate highlighting Salt Lake City as the "#1 Gayest City in America." 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 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 12 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 problem-based curriculum; and May Term, which 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 47 different states and 37 countries who have all kinds of different interests, passions, and talents. But with a total enrollment of just 3,381, every one of them finds a niche.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Westminster College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 22. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Westminster College is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.0 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||68.0%|
|Application deadline||August 22|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Westminster College is 10:1, and the school has 57.5 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; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.2 percent.
Westminster College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,549, with a gender distribution of 45.4 percent male students and 54.6 percent female students. At this school, 26.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74.0 percent of students live off campus. Westminster College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||Yes|
Paying for School
At Westminster College, 61.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,557.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$28,210 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$7,890 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data