Westminster is a private, non-profit, accredited, and comprehensive liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement.
With the goal of guiding its graduates to a life with purpose, Westminster provides life-changing learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. 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.
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 6 mountain resorts. Westminster's 27-acre campus is comprised of 39 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 Body Profile
- Total enrollment (2019–20 academic year): 2,215
- 1,740 undergraduate students
- 475 graduate students
- Fall 2019 first-time, first-year students:
- 49% from Utah
- 48% from out of state
- 3% international/non-resident students
- 148 full-time faculty
- 236 adjunct instructors
- 93% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree available in their fields
- Average class size:
- Undergraduate: 15
- Graduate: 13
Costs and Aid
- Average cost of tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year: $37,960
- Estimated cost of room and board for the 2020-21 academic year: $9,308 (based on a double occupancy room with a purple meal plan)
- 99.6% of incoming first-year students received financial aid in the 2019-20 academic year
- Average aid awarded to entering first-year students for the 2019-20 academic year: $30,926
More than 50 undergraduate areas of study and 13 graduate programs in 5 academic schools:
- School of Arts and Sciences
- Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
- School of Education
- School of Nursing and Health Sciences
- The Honors College
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
Westminster College Athletics is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and NCAA Division II. Westminster currently has 17 NCAA II sports teams and 7 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).
Westminster houses the Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, which facilitates volunteer opportunities, student-run programs, community-engaged learning, and other civic engagement activities for the Westminster community. Students have logged approximately 450,000 hours of community engagement work over the past 5 years (as of 2019).
Sustainability at Westminster
Westminster College is committed to promoting environmental awareness and education. The Environmental Center supports many services and student-led initiatives that educate the community and make the campus environmentally friendly. And, there are many sustainable features of Westminster’s campus including solar arrays, gardens, and a LEED® Platinum-certified building.
Westminster repeatedly receives recognition for its campus-wide sustainability efforts, including receiving a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) silver rating multiple times.