Westminster College of Salt Lake City campus

Overview

Applicants
1,784
Acceptance Rate
97%
Average HS GPA
3.53

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
495 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
387
with Terminal Degree
205

225
Women
162
Men
23
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

Located in Salt Lake City, Westminster College is “a small private college” with “an urban setting that has easy access to the outdoors.” Winter sports are a major part of campus life, but if you are not already proficient on the hills, don’t worry, “we have really awesome ski and snowboard classes here.” The school is also known for its “outstanding” nursing program, which is perhaps “the best nursing program in the state.” Westminster ’s small size provides students with “intimate classes” and “professors [who] truly care about their students.” “I have never felt more comfortable on a college campus,” one public health major says. However, “as a small school, Westminster is lacking in some resources,” and some students wish the college was “adding more majors to choose from.” “Westminster has a very personal culture” and “professors really get to know and care about their students.” “I know all of my professors on a first name basis,” one student says. “Professors are creative with their teaching methods” and they “focus on helping students to excel and do well in class and otherwise rather than getting published.” While the majority of professors “are highly educated in their field, some are better than others at expressing their field.” “Westminster gives great financial aid,” and “the support staff is amazing! Any question, concern, doubt, general lack of know how, they answered, pacified, and educated.” “To me, Westminster was the epitome of that whole ‘college package,’” one student says of their decision to attend. “The campus was beautiful and up-to-date, there was a broad range of majors, the location was ideal, and yet it was set within this amazing local and collegiate community.” Another puts it more succinctly: “I honestly believe that Westminster is nearly perfect.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Wilbert Gore
Invented Gore-tex

Doug Morton
Chairman of the board, Sports Authority

Denise Parker
Olympian in Archery

Dr. Patrick Moore
Meyenburg Prize, Cancer Research

Dr. Richard Wood
Fellow of the Royal Society, DNA Repair

Jefferson Pedersen
President & CEO, Del Sol

Mark DeYoung
President & CEO, ATK

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,475

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,811

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,833

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,523

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,152

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,720
Required Fees
$508
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$900
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,233
Out of State
38%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

2.56%
Asian
1.09%
African-American
9.91%
Hispanic
75.21%
Caucasian
6.97%
Unknown
5.64%
International

54% female
46% male
38% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Students Say

Students at Westminster are either “here to learn, or here to ski; often a combination of the two.” The student body is not especially racially diverse, with most students being “white, in shape, environmentally friendly, etc.” Still, “all students are unique and are individuals” and can be “anything from snow bro, hipster, intellectual, religious, atheist, or spoiled slacker.” In regards to political views, “while it may be fair to call Utah a ‘sea of conservatism,’ SLC certainly is not. Westminster reflects SLC's more liberal leanings.” “The community is close-knit and supportive” and “nearly everyone skis or snowboards” or at least likes to “hike, rock climb, [and] camp.” Some students who are not big on outdoor sports can “feel like outsider[s].” As at many colleges, certain students “are more concerned about school while there are many who like to party and rely on their parents to pay their way while they slack off.” Overall this “wonderful mix” of students is the “best-kept secret around.” Westminster College is a place “where ski bums, overachievers and Mormons collide to make up an awesome, fun residential student body.”

Overview

From The School


Campus Facilities & Equipment

Classes are never more than a 5-minute walk away on the pristine, tree-filled 27 acres. The careful blend of architecture is illustrated by the newly completed Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory of Music and Theatre. The Gore School of Business, Aviation, and Entrepreneurship, one of the most technologically advanced business-education facilities in the nation, integrates innovative, new laboratories and state-of-the-art classroom facilities with the Center for Financial Analysis, offering real-time access to world market data, a behavioral simulation lab, and a flight simulation and testing center. The Flight Operations Center, which includes a state-of-the-art hangar, flight simulators, and fifteen new aircraft, is located at Salt Lake International Airport. The College recently opened a new state-of-the-art health and wellness center that includes a lap pool, exercise facilities, and a climbing wall and also houses the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Future plans include two additional facilities: a unique bilevel athletic field/parking garage structure and a new science center that promises to be one of the most innovative college science facilities in the west. Current facilities include major classroom buildings, multiple computer and presentation classrooms, a science building, an award-winning library, a ceramics studio, and a nursing laboratory. All students have Internet access and e-mail accounts, using a high-speed gigabit network. A secure student Web portal consolidates online e-mail, course, and registration services. Network connections abound in all classrooms, every residence-hall room, and library seat. Eighty percent of classrooms are set up for multimedia presentations. Technical support is available to students and faculty and staff members seven days a week.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
72%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Students Say

Westminster is a place where “everyone looks forward to a good snow day.” Skiing and snowboarding are central features of student life, with “six resorts within a half hour drive of campus.” Students here are all about “working hard and getting to ski to reward yourself for the hard work.” Salt Lake City provides “many opportunities (professional, recreational, and cultural)” and the campus is only “fifteen minutes away from outdoor recreation areas.” On campus, “there are awesome student association run events!” Activities range from “spontaneous cupcake wars to international fests to dances to community service projects and everything in between.” “I love the small-campus feel and the fact that it has an amazing location in a safe neighborhood,” a Communications major reports. “The atmosphere on campus is my favorite part of the school,” says a neuroscience major. “It’s a really friendly, open, fun place to be.” Another student declares that “life is truly elevated at Westminster College.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
42
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

19% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Westminster Griffins)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Westminster Griffins)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Utah
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Utah
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Utah

Sustainability

Westminster College in Salt Lake City is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in the state of Utah. In 2011, it earned a STARS Silver rating; and now it can add another honor—three-time recognition from The Princeton Review as one of the top Green Colleges. This relatively small college packs quite a green punch; not only is Westminster College a Charter signatory of the ACUPCC, its Environmental Center Director also served on the ACUPCC Implementation Liaison Steering Committee. Besides targeting a 2030 date for carbon neutrality, the college boasts a LEED Platinum Meldrum Science Center. What’s more, the Campus Master Plan calls for all major renovations going forward to seek LEED Silver. Westminster values renewable energy: 8 percent of campus electricity is derived from renewable sources. Westminster has been honored as a Blue Sky Visionary Partner for a major wind power purchase, and is an EPA Green Power Partner to boot! Looking for more environmental distinction? Westminster boasts an environmentally-themed residence hall floor for freshmen. Students can eat green—the college features an organic garden and chicken coop. Students power the environmental movement on campus by conducting research in various departments on topics such as recycling and transportation, running clubs such as Eco-Reps and the Roots & Shoots, and attending courses on sustainability. The Career Center and Environmental Center provide green counseling to students who are interested in green careers.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
79

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Darlene Dilley
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Phone
8018322200

Email
admission@westminstercollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Shaw Student Center
Meldrum Science Center
Bassis Center for Student Learning
Dolores Dore Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic
Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory
Giovale Library; Residential Village

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ski Resorts (Alta, Solitude, Snowbird, Park City)
City Creek Shopping Center
Sugarhouse Commons
Sundance Films @ Park City
Cinemark Theaters
Gateway Mall & Clark Planetarium; Energy Solutions Arena; Sugarhouse Park; Hidden Hollow Nature Area; Liberty Park.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-Th, F
8am-6pm, 8am-5pm
8018322200

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-Th 8-6, F 8-5
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F at 10am and 2pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@westminstercollege.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Buses, TRAX Light Rail, car, taxi; Salt Lake International Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.westminstercollege.edu/campus_map/

Local Accommodations
http://www.westminstercollege.edu/about2/index.cfm?parent=260anddetail=270andcontent=2864