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Westminster College of Utah
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Westminster College of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

At Westminster, education is not just about landing a first job, it’s also about paving a path to a meaningful life. Westminster challenges its students to see the world through others’ eyes—celebrating diversity of thought. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs. Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for students in a truly student-centered environment that empowers and inspires students to live a meaningful life. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs. Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,135 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
44% male 56% female
40% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
151 full-time faculty
237 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
68% of first year students live on campus
32% of all students live on campus

School Location

Westminster is located in the eclectic Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah, and is within 10 minutes from the downtown business district and just 30 minutes from seven mountain resorts. Westminster’s 32-acre campus is comprised of 29 college facilities including residence halls; a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified science center; a library; facilities for athletics and recreation; and art and performance spaces.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

82% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

62% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 2%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Westminster Athletics joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) in 2015 as a provisional member and was accepted into the NCAA Division II membership process. Westminster currently has 15 varsity teams and two club teams, including: basketball (men’s and women’s), cross country (men’s and women’s), golf (men’s and women’s), lacrosse (men’s and women’s), soccer (men’s and women’s), track (men’s and women’s), and volleyball (women’s). Men’s and Women’s Skiing will compete as members of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA). Westminster’s club Snowboard teams will remain as members of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA).

Mascot: Griffin
Colors: Purple & Gold

Division: In the application process for NCAA Division II status

Academic Programs

Westminster offers thirteen graduate programs and over 43 undergraduate majors in four schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Anthropology; Accounting; Art; Arts Administration; Aviation; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communication; Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Dance; Economics; Economics Pre-Law; Education; Engineering 3-2; English; Environmental Studies; Film Studies; Finance; Fine Arts; French; Gender Studies; Geology; History; International Business; Justice Studies; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Nursing; Paleontology; Philosophy; Physics; Pre-Dental; Pre-Law; Pre-Medicine; Pre-Veterinary; Psychology; Public Health; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish-Latin American Studies; Special Education; and Theatre Arts.

More Distinctions

  • Business Insider called Westminster “one of the 25 best colleges for students who want to change the world.” Griffins contribute more than 95,000 hours of community service each year through the Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement.

  • Westminster was named as a 2015 top “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, a leading business that specializes in connecting military members with the civilian world.

  • Westminster was identified as a 2015 “College of Distinction” for its exemplary commitment to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

  • PayScale ranked Westminster as the No. 3 school in Utah for top graduate salaries.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Westminster for their 2015 Community Engagement classification.

  • Westminster was named to the 2014 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

  • In 2014, Freeskier ranked Westminster as the No. 4 best college for skiers in the nation.

A Westminster education is centered on action, participation, and experience—the best ways to learn. Applied learning is emphasized across the curriculum, making it easy for students to connect knowledge to real-world situations. Westminster’s professors are mentors who guide student’s learning experience every step of the way. Westminster College is nationally recognized for its intense focus on individual students and their learning. Students master content-specific material while developing clearly defined skills and attributes critical for success in a rapidly changing world. Students who value learning-by-doing appreciate Westminster’s approach. The college emphasizes collaboration over competition and active learning over large lectures. Students often work in teams, sharing a variety of perspectives, and faculty members are experts at blending theory and practice. Students take what they learn in the classroom and extend it into a wider arena of hands-on experiences.  Here are some of the ways Westminster students are fully engaged in their own learning.

Learning Communities

Learning communities pair two traditionally different subject areas (like art and business) with a common theme. They are team-taught by two professors each, inspiring the discovery of two disciplines in the context of contemporary times. Students make connections between courses, see how ideas intersect, and take ownership of their first year in college. These linked courses fulfill a piece of Westminster’s WCore requirements (general education requirements).

Service Learning

More than 1,900 Westminster students participate in service-learning activities sponsored by the college.  In 2014–2015, Westminster students contributed more than 95,000 hours of community service. The Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement is a campus resource that facilitates volunteer opportunities, student-run service programs, service-learning, and other civic engagement activities for the Westminster community. For more information about service-learning and the Dumke Center click here. 

Undergraduate Research

There are many opportunities to participate in research as an undergraduate at Westminster. Some disciplines allow students to receive academic credit for undergraduate research. There are also a number of work study-supported assistant positions available. Each summer, funds are made available from a variety of sources to support students who conduct undergraduate research with their faculty mentors.

May Terms

May Term is a month of offbeat and inspiring classes, laid-back trips around Utah and international adventures. After a year of hitting the books, May Term is a truly unique experience taking students outside of the classroom and outside of themselves. Students stay as close as Utah’s national parks and as far away as Thailand or the Netherlands. May Term study experiences cover a range of topics from cats in pop culture to deconstructing capitalism.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band  
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra x
Television station  

Learning Philosophy

Westminster is distinguished by its emphasis on what its curious students learn rather than simply what is taught. Professors serve as mentors, guiding students who crave discovery and challenges. Students have plenty of freedom to explore their passions with more than 70 academic programs (including 43 undergraduate majors) to choose from. The average class size is just 17, so all students have plenty of opportunity to participate. The 9:1 student to faculty ratio ensures plenty of personal attention, guidance, and close relationships in and out of the classroom.

Not So General Gen-Ed

WCore is Westminster’s liberal education program. Westminster students have exciting choices for their Gen Ed, including “Counting Votes,” a look at U.S. voting methodology that puts mathematics to use in new ways; or “Bust that Psych Myth,” which exposes legends such as the power of hypnosis. WCore gives students the opportunity to explore new subjects and ideas through unique courses. WCore courses offer small-group settings and focus on synthesis, communication, and disciplinary research rather than simply memorizing facts. Because WCore has fewer requirements than standard gen-ed structures, students have more room in their schedules to pursue minors and electives. Explore the WCore curriculum here.

Honors Program

Westminster’s Honors program offers a distinctive course of study for academically and intellectually prepared students who want to challenge themselves. While the core of the program consists of interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars, Honors at Westminster consists of other enriched opportunities like leadership training, mentoring and funding for research, meetings with visiting speakers, writing awards, and access to unique study abroad opportunities. Most importantly, Honors students feel a sense of shared purpose and community that grows out of the distinctive learning environment.


The WestARCHES Program (Westminster Action Research through Community, Holistic Education, and Service) is a tailored, collaborative leadership and service program that prepares students to translate their passions into exciting career options. Students design their own path to fulfill their academic and personal aspirations while gaining experience in key skill areas. Interaction with other WestARCHES students, seminar leaders, and the broader community allows students to establish career connections and long-term goals.   

McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who go on to graduate study. By encouraging and supporting qualified students, the ultimate goal is to increase faculty diversity in colleges and universities. See how the McNair program at Westminster is preparing academically talented undergraduates today, to change the face of higher education tomorrow here.

Learning Spaces

The college’s facilities and technology resources enhance  student learning. The 60,000-square-foot Meldrum Science Center features integrated classroom and lab space, so professors and students easily transition from theory to application. Students also access eight learning centers across campus and participate in undergraduate research, practicums, and internships. As a result, students learn not only course- specific content, they master college-wide learning goals including communication, problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 133 277 147 7 4 0 0 568

Westminster’s vibrant campus community is diverse—undergraduate and graduates, residents and commuters, students of all ages, from all different kinds of backgrounds. But with a total enrollment of approximately 2,824 individuals, each student can have a big impact on this campus and build strong, lasting relationships with faculty.

Westminster students enjoy cultural and recreational resources that are integrated into learning. The campus is ideally located in the eclectic Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains. Westminster students have plenty of opportunities both on and off the beautiful campus. This one-of-kind location offers students an enriched learning experience that leverages both the cultural and career opportunities of a city and access to incredible natural landscapes.

Clubs and Organizations

On campus, Westminster offers a packed schedule of concerts, plays, lectures, art exhibits, films, poetry readings, and more than 50 active student clubs.

The Westminster Griffins are comprised of 17 intercollegiate sports teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse, soccer, skiing and snowboarding, golf, cross country, and track, as well as women’s volleyball.

Sugar House, Salt Lake, and Beyond

Sugar House features an eclectic collection of shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, and cafes, all within a 10-minute walk from campus.

Downtown Salt Lake, 10 minutes away, students can take advantage of internship and employment opportunities with business firms, high-tech companies, health care facilities, financial institutions, and state and local government. Additionally, Salt Lake is home to professional sports teams including the Utah Jazz, the Utah Symphony and Opera, Ballet West, many professional theatre companies, and a thriving art and music scene.

The state of Utah offer access to skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canyoneering, and just about every outdoor activity you want— and it is all easily accessible from Westminster’s campus. In fact, the Westminster is just 30 minutes from six world-class mountain resorts, including Snowbird, Alta, Park City Mountain, and Deer Valley. Westminster is also just a few hours’ drive from Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks. The college’s Outdoor Recreation program helps students take advantage of these amazing resources.


Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


Other: Off-campus, school owned houses and apartments

Westminster is recognized for the quality of its educational environment. This recognition stems, in part, from the college’s commitment to graduating students who have mastered the college-wide learning goals considered essential for personal and professional success in a rapidly changing world. These learning goals include critical, analytical, and integrative thinking; creative and reflective capacities; leadership, collaboration, and teamwork; writing and other communication skills; and global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness.

Ultimately, Westminster measures its success by the success of its graduates.

  • An extraordinary 99% of alumni surveys said that the education they received at Westminster was “good” or “excellent.”
  • Of those responding to an alumni survey, 85% of Westminster students go on to graduate school or are employed within five months of graduation.
  • A Utah Foundation study found that Westminster graduates have among the highest starting salaries of any university graduates in the state.
  • Some companies that have recently hired Westminster graduates include: American Express, Ballet West, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Morgan Stanley, Price Waterhouse Coopers, school districts statewide, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, and Zions Bank Corporation.
  • Some of the graduate schools that have recently accepted Westminster graduates include Babson College, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Georgia Tech, Harvard University, Kings College, New York University, Notre Dame University, Stanford, University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, and Yale.
  • 95% of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school, with average salaries of $55,680

Career Services

Westminster’s Career Resource Center provides the following services to undergraduates, graduate students and alumni: 

Job/internship listings; resume and cover letter reviews; interview tips/mock interviews, networking advice and events; personality, strengths and skills assessment; employer/industry connection events; company/industry research; salary research and negotiation strategies; job matching and networking services using Wynbi; and graduate school application assistance.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,001 Total Applicants
1,920 Total Admissions
468 Total Freshmen Enrollment

95.95% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: August 16 
Priority Date: Feb 1 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 620
SAT Math 503 618
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 21 27
ACT English 22 28
ACT Writing    

Application Information

Applicants can use the Common Application, apply online at westminstercollege.edu or submit a print application, available for download at the college website. Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • A completed application, along with a $50 application fee
  • A personal essay of 250 to 500 words
  • Guidance counselor recommendation
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official ACT or SAT scores
  • Westminster is firmly committed to making its top-ranked private college an affordable choice for every admitted student, regardless of a family’s financial means. In fact, the school awards more than $50 million in financial aid to students annually.


Three easy steps will ensure that you receive aid from all the merit and need-based programs for which you qualify.

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Fill out the freshman or transfer student admissions application. Everyone who applies is considered for merit-based scholarships.
  • Receive notification of your financial aid award package.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $30,720
Fees $808
Total $31,528
Room and Board (on campus) $8,712
Estimated Total On Campus $40,240


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$24,993 First year students
$19,482 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

76% on average, the percentage of need that was met
21% of financial need students that had need fully met

$19,482 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,144 Average need-based loan

Three Easy Steps

Three easy steps will ensure that you receive aid from all the merit and need-based programs for which you qualify.

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Fill out the freshman or transfer student admissions application. Everyone who applies is considered for merit-based scholarships.
  3. Receive notification of your financial aid award package.

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