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 in celebration of the diversity of thought. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs. Westminster College of Utah provides transformational learning experiences for students in a truly student-centered environment that empowers and inspires students to live meaningful lives. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs. Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Get to know Westminster College of Utah
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
- Gender & Sexuality Center
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 students’ learning experiences 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 that are critical for success in a rapidly changing world. The college emphasizes collaboration over competition and active learning over large lectures. Under the direction of expert faculty members who blend theory and practice, students share a variety of perspectives through active teamwork. They take what they learn in the classroom and extend it into a wider arena of hands-on experiences.
“I wanted to be involved in the whole Westminster experience—to explore who I am and to help other people learn about themselves.” – Jazmin May ‘19
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 such legends 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, all of which focus on synthesis, communication, and disciplinary research. 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.
Westminster’s new Honors College offers a distinctive curriculum for academically advanced students who want to challenge themselves further. While the core of the program consists of interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars, Honors at Westminster consists of other enriched opportunities, including leadership training, mentoring and funding for research, meetings with visiting speakers, writing awards, and exclusive access to unique study abroad opportunities. Most importantly, Honors students feel a sense of shared purpose and community that grows out of such a distinctive learning environment.
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 wish to conduct undergraduate research with their faculty mentors.
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 takes students outside of the classroom and outside of their comfort zones. Students travel as close as Utah’s national parks or as far away as Thailand or the Netherlands. May Term study experiences cover a range of topics, including cats, pop culture, and deconstructing capitalism.
The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded effort to aid students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate study. By encouraging and supporting qualified students, the program aims to contribute to an increasingly diverse population of faculty and students in higher education. See how the McNair program at Westminster is preparing academically talented undergraduates to change the face of higher education.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 127 | 10-19: 169 | 20-29: 103
30-39: 4 | 40-49: 0 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
Westminster is distinguished by its emphasis on what its curious students learn rather than what is taught. Professors serve as mentors, guiding students who crave discovery and challenges. Students have plenty of freedom to explore their passions, having a selection of more than 50 academic programs (including 43 undergraduate majors) to choose from. The average class size is just 17, so all students have plenty of opportunities to participate. The 9:1 student to faculty ratio ensures plenty of personal attention, guidance, and close relationships both in and out of the classroom.
“I know if I succeed or fail, my professors are there for me.” – Tristan Johnson ‘19
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 issues. 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).
The college’s facilities and technological resources enhance student learning. The 60,000 square-foot Meldrum Science Center features integrated classroom and lab spaces, enabling students to transition easily from theory to application. Students also get to access eight learning centers across campus, gaining the resources to participate in undergraduate research, practica, and internships. As a result, students not only learn course-specific content; they also master such college-wide learning goals as communication, problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
Westminster’s vibrant campus community is diverse—undergraduate and graduates, residents and commuters, and students of all ages from all different kinds of backgrounds. But with a total enrollment of approximately 2,570 individuals, each student can have a big, individual impact on campus and build strong, lasting relationships with faculty.
Westminster students enjoy a vast array of cultural and recreational resources that are integrated seamlessly into their learning. The campus is located in the eclectic Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains. Surrounded by such natural beauty, students have plenty of opportunities to have fun both on and off campus. This one-of-kind location offers students an enriched learning experience among incredible natural landscapes, all while leveraging both the cultural and professional opportunities of a city.
The Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement facilitates extraordinary volunteer opportunities, student-run service programs, service-learning, and other civic engagement activities for the Westminster community. More than 1,900 Westminster students participate in these sponsored service-learning activities. And, in 2015–2016, Westminster students contributed more than 102,000 hours of community service. For more information about service-learning and the Dumke Center, click here.
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.
“I’ve made closer friends here in three years than in my whole life back home.” – Josh Aldrete ‘19
THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD
Sugar House features an eclectic collection of shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, and cafes, all within a 10-minute walk from campus.
Downtown Salt Lake, also only 10 minutes away, hosts a variety of internship and employment opportunities with business firms, high-tech companies, healthcare facilities, financial institutions, and state and local government. Salt Lake is also home to professional sports teams, Utah Jazz, the Utah Symphony and Opera, Ballet West, many professional theatre companies, and a thriving art and music scene.
The state of Utah has endless natural resources for skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canyoneering, and just about every outdoor activity one can wish for, all easily accessible near Westminster’s campus. In fact, 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.
Westminster is located in the eclectic Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. It 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.
Westminster Athletics is part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and recently gained active membership status as an NCAA Division II league. Westminster currently has 15 varsity teams and three club teams, including: varsity basketball (men’s and women’s), varsity cross country (men’s and women’s), varsity golf (men’s and women’s), varsity lacrosse (men’s and women’s), varsity soccer (men’s and women’s), varsity track (men’s and women’s), and varsity 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). The college also has a men’s and women’s club soccer team.
Colors: Purple & Gold
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 68%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
“Everyone at Westminster is here for you in case you fall, but they won’t hold your hand. So, every failure is yours to learn from, and every accomplishment is yours to carry forward.” – Elaine Sheehan, ‘18
Westminster is recognized for the quality of its educational environment. This recognition stems, in part, from the college’s commitment to graduate students who have mastered the skills that are essential for 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 this survey, 85% of Westminster students go on to graduate school or are employed within five months of graduation.
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.
A Utah Foundation study found that Westminster graduates have among the highest starting salaries of any university graduates in the state. Some of the 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.
Westminster’s Career Resource Center provides a number of services to undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. It can get anyone in the Westminster community in touch with job/internship listings; résumé and cover letter reviews; mock interviews; networking advice and events; personality, strengths, and skills assessments; employer/industry connection events; company/industry research; salary research and negotiation strategies; and graduate school application assistance.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Standardized test scores | Application Essay | Recommendation(s)
Class rank | Interview | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities
First generation | Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work | Work experience
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 638
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 620
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 28
Westminster College encourages all students to complete their application by December 1 to receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships. Each application is reviewed individually by an admissions counselor who takes into account academic preparation and extracurricular involvement.
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
- A personal essay of 250 to 500 words
- Guidance counselor recommendation
- High school transcript
- Official ACT or SAT scores
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $9,524
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1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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