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About Westminster College

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive university in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster's urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.



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 six 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; art and performance spaces, etc.


Student Profile

  • 2,789 total enrollment
  • 2,178 undergraduate students
  • 611 graduate students


2015 First-Year Student Geographic Information

  • Utah: 267 or 56%
  • Out-of-state: 211 or 44%


Faculty Profile

  • 9:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 155 full-time faculty, 216 part-time faculty
  • 82% of full-time faculty holds the highest degree available in their fields
  • Average class size 17


Costs and Aid

  • Tuition/fees: 39,180
  • 98% of incoming freshman receive financial aid
  • Average aid awarded for entering freshman: 24,141



Thirteen graduate programs, over 42 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


National Recognition

  • Westminster has been recognized on The Princeton Review’s best colleges list for more than a decade.
  • U.S.News & World Report ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional universities in the West, as well as a 2015 “Best Value” college (No. 6) and a “Best College for Veterans” (No. 18).
  • The Princeton Review ranks Westminster in the top 15% of colleges and universities in the nation in their 2015 “Best 380 Colleges” guide. Westminster was also named as a 2015 “Best Western College” and ranked No. 16 in the “Town-Gown Relations are Great” (community relations) by The Princeton Review.
  • 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 included in The Princeton Review’s 2015 “Green Colleges” list for its sustainability efforts.
  • 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.
  • Washington Monthly included Westminster in their Best Master’s Universities rankings.
  • 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.



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).


Community Service

More than 1,900 students participate in service-learning activities sponsored by the college. Westminster houses the Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, which facilitates volunteer opportunities, student-run programs, service-learning, and other civic engagement activities for the Westminster community. In 2014–2015, Westminster students contributed more than 95,000 hours of community service.


Economic Benefit

Westminster contributes more than $180 million in economic benefit to the community annually, a 33% increase from 2009; and it provides the workforce with more than 900 well-qualified graduates every year.


*Current as of October 2015