Westminster Welcomes Class of 2016 with Opening of New Student Center
State-of-the-art “Bassis Center for Student Learning” offers new learning spaces, amenities
SALT LAKE CITY – Hailing from more than 30 states and 15 countries, Westminster College welcomes the Class of 2016 to a campus fully equipped with a new state-of-the-art student center. Approximately 500 freshmen began classes on August 22, and have access to the new Bassis Center for Student Learning, a facility that includes a student commons and modern learning spaces.
The new Bassis Center for Student Learning includes the college’s first-ever indoor student commons, a full-service coffee shop, an architectural skylight, fireplace and solar light gathering tubes that bring in natural light. The center is also home to the Center for Civic Engagement, Environmental Center, Westminster Scholars Program, photography labs and a new state-of-the-art eportfolio lab. The facility is named after Dr. Michael Bassis, the college’s former president, in honor of his intense focus on student learning.
The college also boasts another year of attracting more out-of-state students than from Utah.
“We are very pleased to have so many students from both in and out of Utah who recognize the value of a private liberal arts education and our unique environment for learning,” said Gary Daynes, vice president for Strategic Outreach and Enrollment. “This year’s freshman class demonstrates our efforts to not only become more residential, but to attract a more diverse population. This year’s class is our most ethnically diverse ever, with more than 20 percent of freshmen coming from populations traditionally under-represented in college.”
More than 52 percent of the freshman class from out of state hail from as nearby as Idaho and as far away as Kyrgyzstan.
Freshman Lauren Carter of Sandy, Utah, selected Westminster out of all the other area schools because of its Honors program and diversity.
“I love the atmosphere and learning environment, as well as how diverse it is,” she said. “I came from a very conservative community, so it’s nice to have something different.”
Fellow freshman Isaac McKown traveled all the way from Charleston, W.V., to major in the college’s aviation operations program and to take advantage of Westminster’s location.
“I like that Westminster is very outdoorsy and I love to ski,” said McKown, who hopes to be a corporate pilot after graduation.
In addition to the opening of the student center, the college’s residential population has increased to an all-time high with the opening of “Westminster on the Draw,” a new off-campus, mixed-use residential hall. The new building is set to fully open at the end of September 2012, and will include academic areas, offices and retail space. More than 690 students will reside in campus housing this year.
2012 Freshman Profile
In terms of academic accomplishment, this year’s freshman class possesses an average high school grade point average of 3.52, well above the national average for high school seniors.
240 or 47% are Male
271 or 53% are Female
108 or 22% are U.S. students of color
20 or 4% are international/non-resident students
Average GPA: 3.52
Average ACT: 24.4
Average SAT: 1118
Utah: 240 or 47%
Out-of-state: 271 or 53%
32 states and 15 countries are represented including:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, ID, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI and WY
Canada, China, Ethiopia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Russia, Saudi-Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam
Financial Aid Awarded:
97% of incoming freshman class received a financial aid award
Average financial aid award: $23,365
(Funding received from all sources - scholarship, work, federal loans, and grants)
Total College Enrollment:
Media Contacts: Krista DeAngelis & Arikka Von (801) 832-2682
Aug. 22, 2012
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC on Twitter.