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Westminster College Ranks in Top Ten
A "Best Value" in the Western United States


Salt Lake City-September 13, 2002-U.S. News & World Report's 2003 college rankings lists Westminster College in the top 10 "Best Value" colleges and universities in the Western United States. Additionally, the rankings list the college in the top tier of regional (the area from Montana to Texas to the West Coast) colleges and universities-for the eighth consecutive year.

Westminster earned the ranking after making high marks in several criteria, including academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. In ranking the colleges and universities, U.S. News & World Report places 25 percent weight on academic reputation to account for intangible criteria such as faculty dedication to teaching, noting that a degree from a distinguished college clearly helps graduates land good jobs or gain admission to top graduate programs. Graduation and retention rates also account for 25 percent of a college's score.

"I'm not surprised that Westminster ranks both in the top tier of America's best colleges and universities, as well as a top 10 value," said Westminster College President Michael Bassis. "I think Westminster's high ranking is a direct result of the essence of this college, which is a strong student body; dedicated, knowledgeable faculty and staff; and small classes where students receive individual attention and consideration. This college has long been noted as providing a powerful educational experience for students, and it only gets better every year."

An important aspect of the college's reputation is the combination of quality education delivered in small classes. In light of the growth that has occurred on campus, the college hired a number of additional faculty. This year a $7 million expansion of the Gore School of Business also opened.

"We are doing everything we can to ensure Westminster College is a quality institution," Bassis continued. "We appointed excellent faculty from across the nation this year in an effort to increase the depth of our curriculum and to maintain our low student-to-teacher ratio. A quality education is not found just in the classrooms, it also includes quality of life on campus. We built new student housing, remodeled the remaining residence halls, and completely renovated the student center. Westminster College is proud and honored to have earned the ranking of a 'Best College' from U.S. News & World Report."

U.S. News & World Report asserts that families use the report as a starting point in developing and honing a list of suitable colleges to attend. The report is intended to gauge a college's student body, its faculty, financial resources and measures portraying how well the college does its job of educating students.

Westminster College, Utah's only private, nondenominational, nonprofit college, prepares its students for personal and professional success through a strong foundation of liberal education, combined with cutting edge professional programs. For more information, visit