2004 - 2005 Undergraduate Admission to the College
Admission Requirements | Applying
| Notification of Admission | International
Students | Application Procedure | Advanced
Westminster admits students whose academic records indicate that they
possess the skills and maturity necessary for success in college work.
Students are admitted without discrimination as to race, color, nationality,
creed, sex, physical handicaps, or veteran status. Although the college
does not require a specific pattern of school subjects, it does strongly
recommend a standard college preparatory high school academic program.
Admission to the college does not constitute acceptance into all of
its programs. Students applying for admission into the Education and Nursing
Programs should consult the appropriate sections of this Academic Catalog
for additional admission requirements. Music students must audition to
be accepted into the minor. Students applying to the Master of Education,
Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Communication,
or Master of Science in Nursing programs should review the appropriate
sections of this Academic Catalog dealing with graduate admission to the
Applications for admission are accepted on a continual basis and are
processed until the beginning of each academic term.
Individual applications are reviewed on the basis of a student's potential
for success at Westminster. Academic preparation, which includes both
course work and grades, is most important. Also important to the review
are items such as entrance exams (ACT or SAT), recommendations, and extracurricular
activities. A campus visit to meet with an academic counselor is recommended,
as it helps complete the picture for both the prospective student and
A student currently enrolled in high school may be accepted for admission
on the basis of six semesters of high school work. The college may require
additional grade reports during the student's senior year, and will require
final transcripts showing high school graduation.
A student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (C+) or better
in academic courses from all previous college work, and who is in good
academic standing at his/her previous institution(s) may be considered
for admission as a transfer student.
Detailed information regarding Westminster College transfer policies
can be found in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of this
Special students are defined as students who are enrolled at the college
but have not applied for, or been accepted into, a degree program. Special
students, therefore, are those who plan to take courses for "interest
only." Special students are subject to the academic regulations of
Credit earned while in special student status is not considered toward
a degree unless the student applies for admission to, and is accepted
by, the college as a degree-seeking student.
Readmission of Former Students
Students who wish to register at the college after an absence of three
or more academic semesters (not including May or summer terms) must apply
for readmission through the Office of Admissions. Re-entering students
are subject to the academic requirements in effect at the time of their
re-entry. Westminster College makes every effort to honor course work
taken in previous years; however, due to curriculum changes, this cannot
be guaranteed. Previous course work in question must be reviewed by individual
academic departments with a final agreement submitted in writing to the
Former students who have attended other colleges or universities during
their absence must apply for readmission as transfer students and must
meet all applicable requirements for admission. It should be noted that
students who attend other colleges or universities during a summer session
are not required to reapply. Transfer credit for such courses is subject
to the college's regular transfer policies as stated in the Undergraduate
Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
Qualified high school students may enroll at Westminster, while still
attending high school, for a maximum of six credit hours (per semester)
with the permission of the Office of Admissions, the applicant's high
school principal, and parent or legal guardian. Written recommendations
from the appropriate individuals and an official transcript indicating
a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in academic course work must be
submitted to the Office of Admissions.
Non-High School Graduates
Students who have not completed high school, or who have graduated from
a non-accredited high school, may be admitted to the college on the basis
of scores received on the General Educational Development examination
(GED). A score of 50 or higher in each category and a minimum overall
score of 54 is necessary for applicants who submit the equivalency certificate
in lieu of a high school diploma.
Applying for Admission
When to Apply
High school seniors should apply for admission after the first grading
period of their senior year if they plan to enter the college during the
following fall semester. Transfer and international students should apply
at least three months prior to the beginning of the semester they plan
How to Apply
Students must submit:
- An application for admission and $30 application fee. The form may
be obtained from the Office of Admissions or on the web site at www.westminstercollege.edu.
- An official transcript of high school credit showing the first grade
report of the senior year (for incoming freshmen), sent directly to
the Office of Admissions by the high school.
- Official transcript(s) from each college or university attended (for
incoming transfer students) sent directly to the Office of Admissions
by each college or university. An official high school transcript may
also be required of a transfer applicant who has completed fewer than
30 semester credit hours or 45 quarter credit hours of college or university
work at another institution.
- ACT or SAT test scores (for incoming freshmen).
All records submitted to the college become the property of Westminster
College as part of each student's permanent record and are not returnable.
Notification of Admission
Applicants receive a letter notifying them of their eligibility for
admission approximately two weeks after the Office of Admissions receives
all required materials (application forms, transcripts, and test scores).
Transfer students receive a separate summary of transfer credit evaluation.
Once the applicant has been advised of acceptance, a $250 tuition deposit
must be submitted to guarantee a place in the entering class. Checks should
be made payable to Westminster College and sent to the Office of Admissions.
The tuition deposit should be submitted within 30 days of acceptance,
or (for those students applying for financial aid) within 30 days of the
student's receipt of his/her financial aid award notice. Students who
need additional time should contact the Office of Admissions. The deposit
is credited to the student's account and is deducted from tuition at the
beginning of the semester.
Students planning to live in the residence hall on campus must also
submit a $100 room reservation deposit by June 1 for the fall semester
to guarantee a place in the residence hall. Students admitted after June
1 have three weeks to place their $100 room reservation deposit. Room
reservation deposits are refunded in full if a written cancellation is
received on or before August 1 for the fall semester or 30 days prior
to the first day of classes for subsequent semesters.
Students planning to live in the college residence hall must also submit
the Entrance Physical Questionnaire to the Director of Student Life. This
medical information is required of all students who live in the college
The college accepts and enrolls students who are citizens of countries
other than the United States. Full-time international students are issued
Forms I-20 to enable them to apply for student visas.
To be considered for enrollment at the college, international students
must be graduates of a secondary school and must show good potential for
academic success by:
- Presenting a transcript from a secondary school or post-secondary
institution abroad - originals and official English translations - or
in the U.S.
- Presenting evidence of advanced level proficiency in English as shown
by a score of 550 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL), or equivalent on a similar test such as the Michigan Language
- Presenting verification of financial ability to afford tuition and
estimated living expenses for two semesters.
International students who have attended another college or university
in the U. S. and have completed 9 months of academic credit may be accepted
as transfer students and may not need to present a TOEFL score.
International students who wish to attend the college must begin the
application procedure early. Students applying from outside the United
States should begin at least three months before the semester begins.
Students residing in the United States should begin at least two months
before the semester begins.
All documents and materials for application must be received by the Office
of Admissions at least 30 days before the semester begins.
International students must submit the following materials to the Office
- Westminster College Application for Admission form and a $30 application
fee (checks should be payable to Westminster College).
- Westminster College International Student Financial Statement accompanied
by a current bank statement from the student's sponsor.
- Official transcripts of secondary school grades (or scores on the
general secondary certificate examination) and/or college or university
grades. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions
from the student's school or ministry of education. The transcripts
must have the official seal printed or embossed on them and must be
accompanied by an official English translation.
- Official TOEFL score or equivalent.
All materials submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property
of the college and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another
school. If the student's school or ministry of education issues only one
copy of secondary school grades or examination scores, the Office of Admissions
will make a certified copy and return the original to the student; however,
in all cases copies must be made from originals. Duplicated copies will
not be accepted.
When all of the above-mentioned materials and documents have been received
by the Office of Admissions, a student's application is considered by
the Director of Admissions and the student is notified in writing of the
decision. Once a student has been accepted for admission, a Form I-20
will be sent to the student.
Credit for Advanced Standing
The college accepts credit earned at other regionally-accredited colleges
and/or universities in which a grade of C- or better has been earned and
which is appropriate to the degree being sought. Courses which are remedial
in nature or below college level are not acceptable. For detailed information
regarding Westminster College transfer policies, refer to the section
on Undergraduate Degree Requirements.
Military Training and Experience
The college grants credit for selected military training and experience
as recommended in the publication "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational
Experiences in the Armed Services" of the American Council on Education.
Students seeking credit for military training and experience should contact
the Registrar's Office.
Credit for Experiential Learning (Prior Learning Assessment)
The college evaluates college-level learning gained from workshops, military
training and experience, in-service training, on-the-job experience, volunteer
services, and life experiences for the purpose of granting credit toward
the baccalaureate degree for such learning. Detailed information regarding
the Prior Learning Assessment Program and additional information on Advanced
Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Challenge
Examinations may be found in the section entitled Undergraduate Degree
Requirements in this catalog.