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1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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Westminster College

Westminster College Rating: 3.3/5 (4 votes)

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Academics

Founded in 1875, Westminster College was the first accredited junior college in Utah, and it is the only accredited liberal arts college in the state. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college offers over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs that students can choose from. The college emphasizes interactive learning and real world experiences. The college is divided into four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Education, which is accredited by the Utah State Board of Education and by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC); the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, which is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.

Class sizes at this college are small, with the majority of the classes having fewer than 20 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10 to 1. The most popular majors at Westminster College include: Psychology; Business, management, marketing, and related support services; Social sciences; Health professions and related clinical sciences; and Transportation and materials moving.

The college has received rave reviews from publications such as Peterson’s Guide to Competitive Colleges, U.S. News & World Report, and the Princeton Review’s “368 Best Colleges of 2008.” It offers a multitude of resources and programs to help students have successful and distinctive experiences. The college offers study abroad programs to exotic and nontraditional locations. While Westminster College does not offer online classes, many classes incorporate the use of WebCT, an integrated e-learning system.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

One very unique curriculum at Westminster College is its aviation program. Westminster has a flight simulation and testing center on campus, as well as its own flight center at Salt Lake International Airport. Students can major in Flight Operations or Aviation Management. Another unique and very popular program is the McNair Scholars program, an elite federally-funded program that helps low-income, first generation and underrepresented students prepare for graduate school.

Winter at Westminster is an interesting and innovative study abroad alternative that combines unforgettable snow sports activities with 12-16 transferable credits. For example, students can ski or snowboard on the “Greatest Snow on Earth”, enjoy world-class resorts, and earn college credit. Similarly, May Term offers Westminster students the opportunity to travel regionally or internationally during this month-long semester, while taking interesting classes and having extraordinary experiences. Tuition for this program is free for students who were enrolled full-time at the college during the previous fall and spring semesters. Students are only responsible for paying for the trip expenses.

Admissions

Prospective students have three options for applying to Westminster:

  • The Westminster online application
  • The Westminster paper application, which can be faxed or mailed to the Admissions Office
  • The Common Application

Regardless of which application is used, all applicants must submit official transcripts, recommendations from their guidance counselors, ACT or SAT score reports, a personal essay, and a nonrefundable application fee.

Westminster uses a rolling admissions plan. The college begins to accept applications in September. Students should note that international students, transfer students, and graduate students may have different or additional requirements.

Applicants are generally notified of their admission decisions within one week of submitting their completed applications.

Financial Aid

Each year, Westminster College awards more than $40 million in financial aid to its students. Nearly 98% of the college’s incoming freshmen receive some form of merit-based in addition to or in lieu of need-based financial aid. Students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office for more information or assistance with filing their applications. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is generally processed within 2-3 weeks of submission.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3887th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The culture at Westminster College is mellow and welcoming. The student body is diverse with undergraduates and graduates, residents and commuters; there are students of all ages and from different cultures. On-campus housing is available, and the priority deadline for housing applications is May 15. First-year students are guaranteed housing if they submit their applications before the deadline. Residence halls offer both apartment style halls and traditional dorm layouts.

There are many activities in which students can participate on campus. Westminster has a Campus Concierge, who keeps students informed activities and events on campus and in the local community. Students can enjoy concerts, plays, films, lectures, exhibits, and athletic events. There are also more than 50 clubs and student organizations on campus.

Students also have access to a wide variety of services that include support for international students, disability services, counseling, spiritual counseling, and a career resource center. There is Student Health Center, where students can get quick and convenient care for very low costs.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Formerly known as the “Parsons,” the Westminster Griffins compete in the Frontier Conference of the NAIA’s Division I athletics for most intercollegiate sports. Men’s and women’s alpine skiing and snowboard teams compete in the United States Ski Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA), while the men’s lacrosse team competes at the MCLA Division II level in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) and the women’s lacrosse team competes in the US Lacrosse Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) in the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League (RMWLL). Other sports offered include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track & field. The men’s lacrosse team won the 2008 Division II MCLA National Championship, held at Texas Stadium, with a 17-10 win over Grand Valley State. The first national championship in Westminster’s 130 year history, this was a huge accomplishment as it was only the second year since the lacrosse program had begun.

Alumni

  • Heather McPhie, freestyle moguls skier & member of the 2010 American Olympic team
  • William Wong, philanthropist
  • Richard Wood, molecular biologist & Meyenburg Prize winner
  • Col. Roberta Roberts Patrick, achieved the highest rank possible for a female in the U.S. Marines at the time

Bibliography

  • Snider, Mark. Colleges in the West. Lawrenceville: Peterson’s, 2009.
  • “Westminster College.” Education. U.S. News & World Report, 2011. Web. 9 May 2011.
  • Westminster College. Westminster College. 2011. Web. 9 May 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in Utah and 738th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 14 0.42
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 748 0.39
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.00
Forcible Rape 119 0.06
Robbery 340 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,658 0.87
Larceny 9,654 5.08
Vehicle theft 1,486 0.78

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population22,363 (22,363 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,582 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,637
Families5,267 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4902

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 543rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $28,992 $28,992 $28,992
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $508 $508 $508
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,208 $1,208 $1,208
FT Graduate Tuition $13,062 $13,062 $13,062
FT Graduate Required Fees $168 $168 $168
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $933 $933 $933
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $42,108 $42,108 $42,108
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $41,540 $41,540 $41,540
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $34,040 $34,040 $34,040

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $27,182 $28,210 $27,182 $28,210 $27,182 $28,210
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,584 $7,890
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,404 $3,400
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,078 $4,090
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,528 $3,540

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,461 (1,057 male / 1,404 female)
Admitted 1,850 (794 male / 1,056 female)
Admission rate 75%
First-time Enrollment 449 (211 male / 238 female)
FT Enrollment 446 (209 male / 237 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (2 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment3,108

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Frontier Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Frontier Conference

ACT Test Admission

281st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 78%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

383rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 37%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1220

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity809
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,764
Board Fee$3,444

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 40 9 64 52 7 612 142 948
Accounting 4 3 4 34 6 51
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 2 1 9 12
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 2 3
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 20 2 24
Business Administration and Management, General 4 2 9 7 1 104 33 163
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 2 19 1 24 16 63
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1
Chemistry, General 1 1 2 1 5
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Community Organization and Advocacy 2 8 5 16
Computer Science 2 1 7 10
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 1 4
Counseling Psychology 1 11 1 14
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 4 1 6
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 5
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Economics, General 11 1 11 1 24
Education, General 4 1 3 4 48 21 82
Educational Evaluation and Research
Elementary Education and Teaching 17 1 18
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 20 25
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other 1 1 10 4 17
Environmental Studies 4 1 18 2 25
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 3 10 15
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 1
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General 7 1 2 18 1 29
Financial Planning and Services 2 2
Fine and Studio Arts Management 1 2 3
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 6 8
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
History, General 3 3
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 1 1 3 10 1 18
International Relations and Affairs 1 1
Latin American Studies 2 2
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 21 2 26
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 4 4
Music, General 1 1
Neuroscience 1 1 2
Nurse Anesthetist 9 6 15
Nursing Administration 2 6 4 12
Philosophy 1 1 1 3
Physics, General 1 1 3 5
Political Science and Government, General 3 4 1 9
Psychology, General 3 1 27 4 35
Public Health, General 2 3 3 2 1 29 6 49
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 5 4 56 5 75
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Sciences, General 1 1
Sociology 2 7 9
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 1 38 4 49

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 952nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,538 ($79,924 male / $68,337 female)
Number of FT Faculty 163 (84 male / 79 female)
Number of PT Faculty 372
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $4,406,115

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