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Academics

Set amidst the spectacular peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, Westminster College is a quaint liberal arts college in a small neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Undergrads praise “a very rigorous academic load” and “a community that doesn’t center around academic competition, but academic empowerment.” This collaborative culture includes faculty that is “attentive and understanding.” One undergrad says, “Professors are very accessible…, [and] if office hours don’t work for you, they will make other times to meet.” Students generally agree that professors are “experts in their fields [and] extremely knowledgeable.” There are complaints, however, about adjunct professors who “seem to be less committed.” The small campus and class sizes allow students “to communicate one-on-one with professors [and give students] the opportunity to get to know … classmates better.” Despite the size of Westminster, “resources are abundant at the college,” and students have access to hands-on research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and conferences. Frequently mentioned majors include “a great nursing program,” biology, and theater.

Student Body

“The culture is welcoming and socially relaxed” at Westminster College. “There is a general mix of artistic and intellectual students who are driven by learning.” Additionally, there is also an awareness of social issues, and “it’s easy to strike up a conversation about gender bias or cultural inequality because our students are well educated and always up for challenging their thought process to make positive change happen,” one undergrad reports. That said, some take issue with the common “liberal ideology.” Moreover, while students may have a “diversity of interests,” some find that “there is not much diversity in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.” The student body is predominantly “white and at least upper middle class.” But while it might seem like a fairly uniform campus, “everyone you meet is open to every walk of life [and] accepting of differences.”

Campus Life

Outdoor activities are a big draw to students at Westminster. And with six ski resorts within a half-hour drive, “a lot of people look forward to snowboarding and skiing.” In fact, one student says that “Westminster has a core of people who like to ski and that is often all they do”—Griffins love their slopes! Others clarify that “there is more [to] Westminster than just skiing and snowboarding.” Sure, “winter sports are popular here, but most of us are more concerned with our academics than the ski hill.” A happy medium would be the on-campus clubs available to students, which “always try to provide activities or events.” Something students are unanimous on are the food options, from on-campus student centers that “are great stops for a quick meal or coffee to recharge” to the restaurants in Salt Lake City, which has the added benefit of being “a very cool city.”

Overview

Applicants
1,864
Acceptance Rate
93%
Average HS GPA
3.57

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
369
with Terminal Degree
197

249
Women
120
Men
44
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Area Studies.

  • 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.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Wilbert Gore
Invented Gore-tex

Bill Mouskondis
Chairman of Nicholas & Co. Inc.

James L. Hall
Founder of Versa Ventures Ltd.

Dr. Patrick Moore
Meyenburg Prize, Cancer Research

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

Abby Speicher
CEO, DARTDrones, Forbes 30 under 30

Brolin Mawejje
Ugandan Snowboarder, sponsored athlete, Olympic hopeful

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,861

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,545

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,361

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,713

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,572

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,464
Required Fees
$520
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,472
Transportation for Commuters
$1,590

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,810
Comprehensive Fee

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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,968
Foreign Countries Represented
43

Demographics

2.98%
Asian
2.31%
African-American
12.08%
Hispanic
70.25%
Caucasian
2.72%
Unknown
4.11%
International

60% female
40% male
36% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
68%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Karen Hicks

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

A clear diagnostic statement that describes how condition was diagnosed and provides information on the functional impact of condition by a licensed or credentialed evaluator.

Documentation Required for ADHD

A clear diagnostic statement that describes how condition was diagnosed and provides information on the functional impact of condition by a licensed or credentialed evaluator.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
56
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

18% participate in intramural sports
16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Westminster Griffins)
8 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
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.

92/99
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

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
MacKenzie Howa
Admissions Front Desk Assistant

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; Vivant Smart Home Arena; Sugarhouse Park; Hidden Hollow Nature Area; Liberty Park.

Campus Tours

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

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 11 AM and 3 PM
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
Not Available

Transportation

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

Driving Instructions to Campus
https://www.westminstercollege.edu/about/campus-map/directions

Local Accommodations
https://www.westminstercollege.edu/about/resources/admissions/hotels


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