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8/22/03

Westminster College Better Value Than Ever According to U.S. News and World Report


Salt Lake City-August 22, 2003-U.S. News & World Report rated Westminster College one of the top three "Best Values" among universities in the West offering a master's degree. The rating is based on an institution's ability to offer a quality education at a reasonable cost.

For the ninth consecutive year, the magazine also rated Westminster as one of the top 15 institutions offering master's degrees in the Western region. The ranking is based on 15 indicators of academic excellence.

"I am delighted that U.S. News & World Report has moved us up from the number 10 spot, to the third best ranking in the "Best Values" category," said Westminster College President Michael Bassis. "Combined with our top 15 placement for educational quality, this certainly indicates that Westminster continues to be a premier institution of higher learning. We strive to keep our costs reasonable without compromising the quality of education we are known for-small classes and individual attention. Parents and students can get the best of both worlds at Westminster: value and excellence," he added.

In the top tier rating Westminster earned high marks in several criteria, including academic reputation, retention of students, small class sizes, student selectivity, student/faculty ratio and faculty resources. 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.

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 how well the college does its job of educating students.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu.