Spring Orientation

The Spring Orientation program is a one day program for first year and transfer students that provides a quick nuts and bolts approach as your begin the Spring Semester. You will have access to and opportunities to chat with staff and faculty regarding your engagement on campus.

As an incoming first-year or transfer student, we're looking forward to meeting you and assisting you as you begin your first year at Westminster College. The Spring Orientation program is a one day program for first year and transfer students. This program provides a quick nuts and bolts approach to teaching you Westminster College Basics as you begin your Spring Semester. You will have access to and opportunities to chat with staff and faculty regarding your engagement on campus.

At Spring Orientation you will get a chance to

  • Make changes to your class schedule
  • Discuss academic and financial aid needs
  • Find out about ways to get involved on campus
  • And hopefully feel more comfortable as you prepare to start a great semester at the college!

Orientation is where you will join your classmates in informative discussions about what to expect during your first year at Westminster College. We will also have dedicated time in the schedule for students to finish those last minute to-do errands before school starts.

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes, Orientation is mandatory. We believe that Orientation is incredibly valuable to incoming students who are making the transition to Westminster.

Is there an Orientation Fee?

Yes, the cost of orientation billed to your student account as a mandatory fee. The cost of the orientation fee covers all program and administrative costs to run New Student Orientation.

How do I get my parking pass?

Purchase Your Parking Pass Online

What is Helping Hands Day?

Helping Hands Day is the annual, first-year student service project, that occurs in only during the August Orientation. On this day, incoming first-year students accompany faculty and peer mentors to a specific location to volunteer and help out with a variety of projects.

Do parents attend Orientation with students?

Parents are welcome to attend Orientation during the Fall, however they have their own separate program from the students. During the Spring Orientation there is no Parent/Family Orientation program.

The Spring Orientation program is a one day program for first year and transfer students. This program provides a quick nuts and bolts approach to teaching you Westminster College Basics as you begin your Spring Semester. You will have access to and opportunities to chat with staff and faculty regarding your engagement on campus. 

If you are attending orientation, move-in will occur Friday, January 12th from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Check-In begins at: 8 a.m. on January 13th 

Those who choose not to attend orientation will be able to move in on Sunday, January 15th at 12:00pm when all of the campus residence halls open for the semester.

Emergency Contact Information

We are so thrilled you decided to join the Griffin Community! To help you adjust to life here at Westminster College, we have events for admitted students and orientations for first-year students, parents and families, and transfer students.

Griffin Gear-Up

Griffin Gear-Up is an on-and-off campus, two-day experience for admitted first-year students that includes meeting with an academic advisor, registering for classes, understanding the financial aspect of education here at Westminster, exploring leadership development, and getting to know your peers.

Each session starts with an information day on campus for students and their guests, before we head up to a cabin in the Wasatch mountains for the evening overnight portion of the trip. Students will get to have fun and share stories about their journey and excitement about their transition to college!

Things to Bring/Pack for Griffin GearUp
  • Bring your laptop. (The Information Services office will register your laptop for Westminster Anywhere.)
  • Pack an overnight bag for Roost Camp.
    • Make sure to include warm clothes (sweatshirt/jacket) and shoes as the temperature in the mountains is colder than in the Salt Lake Valley
  • Bring your calculator for the math placement test. A graphing calculator is acceptable.
  • Have your parent/guardian complete the program waiver if you are under 18.
  • Request ADA accommodation one week prior to your schedule Griffin GearUp session. To do so please contact the Dean of Students Office at 801.832.2230.

For late arrivals on the day of Griffin GearUp, please visit the Dean of Students Office located in the Shaw Student Center to check-in.

Guest at Griffin GearUp

As part of your registration with Griffin GearUp, you able to bring one (1) additional guest to the program. Please note that lodging for the student is provided as part of the Griffin GearUp program, however, lodging for the guest is not provided. For a list of local hotels please visiting the lodging page to the left.

Students—Please bring some warm clothes and shoes as the temperature in the mountains at night is colder than in the Salt Lake Valley.

*For traveling purposes keep in mind that day one of GearUp begins at 8:00 a.m. and day two ends at 12:00 p.m.

Day One
  • Arrival, Check In, & Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome from the AVP & Dean of Students
  • The Truth about Academics (Academic Expectations & the Difference)
  • The Foundation of a Liberal Arts Education/Understanding Your Interest (Student)
  • Understanding the Advising Process and Registration & Schedule Appointment (Parent)
  • Lunch
  • Workshop Rotation
    • Understanding Technology
    • Dollars & Sense/ Financial Literacy
    • Registration & Scheduling Appointment
    • Academic Integrity 
  • Dinner
  • Roost Camp (Leadership Overnight Retreat)
Day Two
  • Arrive back on campus after breakfast in the mountains
  • Answer any final questions or concerns
  • Check Out, Summer Checklist, & Assessment

Lodging for students

Lodging for students is provided as part of the overnight experience for Griffin GearUp.

Please note that we do not provide lodging for Guests/Parents at Griffin GearUp.

Hotels Near Westminster College for Guests/Parents

All of these hotels are within a 15-minute radius of our campus.

Chase Suite Hotel

765 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
801.532.5511

Hampton Inn & Suites on Foothill

1345 S. Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
801.583.3500
Corporate Code: 0560041451

Holiday Inn Downtown

999 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
1.800.933.9678

Little America Hotel

500 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.363.6781

The Inn at Temple Square

71 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
1.800.843.4668

Skyline Inn

2475 East 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
801.582.5350

Double Tree

255 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.328.2000

Hampton Inn

425 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.741.1171

First-Year Student Orientation

First Year Student Orientation is a four-day orientation program that assists new students with their academic, personal, social, and cultural transition into the Westminster and Salt Lake community. This program is geared toward students who have finished high school and are entering their first year of college. The program occurs prior to the start of class with a mix of fun and educational activities throughout campus.

First Year Student Orientation is more than an orientation. These four days are where you join your classmates in fun activities and informative discussions about what to expect during your first year at Westminster College.

You will get a chance to

  • Make changes to your class schedule
  • Discuss academic and financial aid needs
  • Find out about ways to get involved on campus
  • Participate in ASWC evening programs
  • And be the best Griffin you can be!

As you prepare to arrive to campus, please take a moment to complete the following items below. These forms will help make your orientation experience and first year go smoother.

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes, Orientation is mandatory. We believe that Orientation is incredibly valuable to incoming students who are making the transition to Westminster.

Is there an Orientation Fee?

Yes, the cost of orientation billed to your student account as a mandatory fee. The cost of the orientation fee covers all program and administrative costs to run New Student Orientation.

How do I get my parking pass?

Purchase Your Parking Pass Online

What is Helping Hands Day?

Helping Hands Day is the annual, first-year student service project, that occurs in only during the August Orientation. On this day, incoming first-year students accompany faculty and peer mentors to a specific location to volunteer and help out with a variety of projects.

Do parents attend Orientation with students?

Parents are welcome to attend Orientation during the Fall, however they have their own separate program from the students. During the Spring Orientation there is no Parent/Family Orientation program.

Parent & Family Orientation

The Parent and Family Orientation program is a one day program that assist parents and families in the adjustment of having a loved one at Westminster. The program supports and provides tools to ease the stress of transition for our students' parents and families during an emotional time of their kids' lives. Have a chance to find any answers to lingering questions on housing, financial aid, or how to send a great care package! This day will also give you a chance to meet other parents and families who also have children attending Westminster College and speak with faculty and staff on campus.

New Student Orientation is a family-orientated event and we hope that you will join us for a variety of activities for parents and incoming students. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to easing your family's transition to Westminster College.

We are excited that you are joining your son/daughter during this amazing beginning of their life. During the Fall orientation we provide a dedicated parent program. This program spans one day and includes a number of important workshops and sessions that assist you in relieving some of the nerves that come with leaving your child for the first time.

Should you have any questions during or after the transition to Westminster College, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at 801.832.2230.

We look forward to meeting you at New Student Orientation!

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes, Orientation is mandatory. We believe that Orientation is incredibly valuable to incoming students who are making the transition to Westminster.

Is there an Orientation Fee?

Yes, the cost of orientation billed to your student account as a mandatory fee. The cost of the orientation fee covers all program and administrative costs to run New Student Orientation.

How do students get a parking pass?

Purchase Your Parking Pass Online

What is Helping Hands Day?

Helping Hands Day is the annual, first-year student service project, that occurs in only during the August Orientation. On this day, incoming first-year students accompany faculty and peer mentors to a specific location to volunteer and help out with a variety of projects.

Do parents attend Orientation with students?

Parents are welcome to attend Orientation during the Fall, however they have their own separate program from the students. During the Spring Orientation there is no Parent/Family Orientation program.

Transfer Student Orientation

The Transfer Student Orientation program is geared to help students who have previously attended another college or university. Westminster College may be very different from your previous institution and we want you to feel comfortable as you transition to this new experience. This one day program provides the foundation of what it means to be a Westminster student, you will have the opportunity to connect with campus partners and other transfer students.

As an incoming transfer student, we're looking forward to meeting you and assisting you as you begin your first year at Westminster College.

Because you already have previous college experience, we've developed an orientation program to specifically meet your needs as a new Griffin. Since we provide a great deal of information that is important to your successful transition to Westminster College, it is required that all transfer students participate in the Transfer Student Orientation program. We will have dedicated time in the schedule for students to finish those last minute to-do errands before school starts. Orientation is a great opportunity to begin developing relationships with your classmates—some of which will hopefully grow into life-long friendships.

As you prepare to arrive to campus, please take a moment to complete the following items below. These forms will help make your orientation experience and first year go smoother.

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes, Orientation is mandatory. We believe that Orientation is incredibly valuable to incoming students who are making the transition to Westminster.

Is there an Orientation Fee?

Yes, the cost of orientation billed to your student account as a mandatory fee. The cost of the orientation fee covers all program and administrative costs to run New Student Orientation.

How do I get my parking pass?

Purchase Your Parking Pass Online

What is Helping Hands Day?

Helping Hands Day is the annual, first-year student service project, that occurs in only during the August Orientation. On this day, incoming first-year students accompany faculty and peer mentors to a specific location to volunteer and help out with a variety of projects.

Do parents attend Orientation with students?

Parents are welcome to attend Orientation during the Fall, however they have their own separate program from the students. During the Spring Orientation there is no Parent/Family Orientation program.

Map and Directions

Campus Map

Directions to Campus

Explore Your New Home

Where can you find our students when they're not in class? The library, of course! But on the off chance that they're not hitting the books, students are probably enjoying many of the restaurants, shopping centers, parks and other cool hang-outs within a short distance of campus. Check out these links for more info about the Sugar House neighborhood.

  • Sugar House Park—Show off your killer Frisbee moves while you wait for the BBQ.
  • L'Avenue—A stuffy, yet tasty, French restaurant and the perfect spot to practice your accent.
  • Bluekats—The favorite place to attain that good old Java High, and the only way you will survive that 8am class.
  • Cinemark 10—Westminster students can be found in droves on Wacky Wednesdays when every movie is only $1!
  • Soup Kitchen—Tasty home-cooked soup for those days when you really miss home, all at very palatable prices.
  • King's English—Grab a book and curl up in one of the overstuffed chairs at the coolest bookstore in town.
  • Sugar House Shopping District—Spend a day walking through these eclectic stores and visit with the street vendors.
  • Emigration Canyon—Craving S'mores? No firewood? No worries, put those old love notes from the dreaded Ex to use.

Entertainment

The SLC music scene ranges from rock and folk to hip-hop, blues, and punk, with a variety of clubs and coffeehouses featuring local artists. Comedy is always on tap with the Laughing Stock, Utah's longest-running improv group. And of course, there are lots of great restaurants and movie theatres.

Art and Culture

SLC is the home of the Utah Symphony, the Utah Opera, Ballet West, Repertory Dance Theatre, as well as museums and art galleries galore.

Festivals

Annual events include Park City's famous Sundance Film Festival, the Greek Festival (the largest ethnic celebration in the state), Utah Arts Festival, Snowbird Rock & Blues Festival, Living Traditions Festival, and tons more.

Professional Sports

You'll love the energy and excitement of Utah Jazz games. Other teams include; Real Salt Lake (soccer), Utah Blaze (arena football), Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A baseball), and the Utah Grizzlies (ice hockey).

Healthy lifestyles

Salt Lake City was recently named the "Fittest City in America" by Men's Fitness magazine, due in part to its abundance of parks and athletically active residents. Described by the mayor as an "increasingly walkable, bikeable city," SLC residents topped the list for participation in activities such as hiking, running, swimming, and yoga, among others.

Ask a Current Student

Want to know what daily life is like on campus? Have questions for students of Westminster?

Get in Touch with Current Students

We're Help To Help

Do not hesitate to contact us for any assistance through out your transition.

Phone

801.832.2230

Location

Dean of Students Office
Shaw Student Center

Staff

Ryan J. Cook, M.Ed.
Director of Student Involvement, Leadership, and Orientation
rcook@westminstercollege.edu

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