Westminster College - A Unique Environment for Learning
The New American Colleges and Universities
February 18, 2010
Built in 1907, Converse Hall is Westminster College’s flagship and first building on campus. Located in the quaint Sugar House district of Salt Lake City, Westminster provides both educational and recreational opportunities unlike any other private institution. In 2009, Utah was named as the best state to live in by Forbes and the happiest state by USNews & World Report. Men’s Fitness also recognized Salt Lake as the country’s fittest city, which means not only is Westminster an educational gem, but a “quality of life” hotspot.
With 37 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate degree programs ranging from aviation management to nursing anesthesiology, and special programs like Winter at Westminster, Honors, and Westminster Scholars, Westminster students have a broad array of academic programs to choose from. The college boasted its largest enrollment in history in 2009-10 with just over 3,000 students.
The Center for Financial Analysis, located in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, is an advanced computer classroom and lab that provides real-time global market data and in-depth financial information. The center is one of the most advanced, information-rich, financial research centers in the Intermountain West.
Westminster hosted its first-ever Rail Jam on Jan. 7, 2010. More than 30 students showcased their rail-riding skills. In addition to amateur ski and snowboard enthusiasts, the college has a top-ranked intercollegiate club ski and snowboard program, and had 14 students compete in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
The 60,000-square-foot Meldrum Science Center is scheduled for completion in spring 2010 and is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The new center will have 14 open and flexible classroom/laboratories and five dedicated undergraduate research laboratories. These state-of-the-art learning spaces will house high-tech, analytical equipment that is normally reserved for graduate study.
Westminster houses the state’s tallest campus climbing wall inside its 84,500-square-foot athletic center. In 2008, the college hosted its first-ever intercollegiate climbing wall competition on the 46-foot wall. The athletic center also has a swimming pool, full complement of fitness equipment, a weight room and exercise studio, a field house that holds 1,200 spectators, and a suspended running track.