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About


Westminster is a private, comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students here experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement.

With the goal of guiding its graduates to just and successful lives, Westminster provides learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students that guarantee to be life-changing. Faculty focus on teaching, learning and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster's urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

Location

Westminster is located in the eclectic Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, and is within 10 minutes from the downtown business district and 30 minutes from six mountain resorts. Westminster's 32-acre campus is comprised of 29 college facilities, including residence halls; a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified science center; a library; facilities for athletics and recreation; art and performance spaces, etc.

Student Profile

  • 2,509 total enrollment
  • 2,003 undergraduate students
  • 506 graduate students
  • Utah: 271 or 61%
  • Out-of-state: 174 or 39%

Faculty Profile

  • 8:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 154 full-time faculty, 234 part-time faculty
  • 93% of full-time faculty holds the highest degree available in their fields
  • Average undergraduate class size: 15
  • Average graduate class size: 12

Costs and Aid

  • Average Tuition/fees: $42,690
  • 96% of incoming first-year students receive financial aid
  • Average aid awarded for entering first-year students: $28,648

Academics

13 graduate programs and 39 undergraduate majors in four schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences

National Rankings

U.S. News 2020

2020 marks the 25th year Westminster has been recognized in the U.S. News Best Colleges guide.

  • 12th best college in the West (8-point increase)
  • 8th best college for veterans (4-point increase)
  • 6th best value college (1-point increase)
  • 80th among top performers on social mobility, measured by how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants (those typically coming from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually)

The Princeton Review 2020

Westminster College was ranked in the Princeton Review’s 2020 edition and in the guidebook.

  • Best 385 colleges
  • Best western college
  • Green college

Wall Street Journal 2020

The  Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education  College Rankings 2020 ranked Westminster 239—placing the college in the top third of colleges nationwide  and  47th in the western region.  Westminster received high marks  in  student  engagement—how students connect intellectually and socially on campus.  The  ranking  praised  Westminster  for  collaborative learning,  student access to professors,  and  rigorous  academics that  support critical thinking,  development of  new concepts,  and connections to  the  real-world.

  • Top third in the U.S.
  • 47th in the West

Athletics

Westminster College Athletics is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and NCAA Division II. Westminster currently has 15 NCAA II sports teams and seven non-NCAA sports teams, including: basketball (men's and women's), cross country (men's and women's), golf (men's and women's), alpine skiing (men’s and women’s), lacrosse (men's and women's), soccer (men's and women's), indoor/outdoor track and field (men's and women's), and volleyball (women's). Westminster's snowboard teams are members of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA), Men's Soccer Club and the Spirit Team (cheer and dance) are non-affiliated programs in Athletics. The cycling team (men's and women's) is affiliated with USA Cycling and Inter-mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (ICCC).

Community Service

More than 1,900 students participate in service-learning activities sponsored by the college. Westminster houses the Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, which facilitates volunteer opportunities, student-run programs, service-learning, and other civic engagement activities for the Westminster community. In 2017–18, Westminster students contributed more than 105,000 hours of community service.

Economic Benefit

Westminster contributes more than $180 million in economic benefit to the community annually, a 33% increase from 2009.