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 College is a private, independent college dedicated to student learning. We are a community of learners with a long and honored tradition of caring deeply about students and their education. We offer liberal arts and professional education in courses of study for undergraduate, selected graduate, and other innovative degree and non-degree programs. Students are challenged to experiment with ideas, raise questions, critically examine alternatives, and make informed decisions. We encourage students to accept responsibility for their learning, to discover and pursue their passions, and to promote more equitable and sustainable communities.
Our purposes are to prepare students to lead lives of learning, accomplishment, and service and to help them develop skills and attributes critical for success in a diverse and interdependent world. We promote distinctive approaches to engaged learning that emphasize theory and practice in our academic and co-curricular programs. Grounded in a culture of creativity and innovation, we work to pursue excellence while promoting inclusiveness and respect for differences.
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 (2020–21 academic year): 1,850
- 1,427 undergraduate students
- 423 graduate students
- Fall 2020 first-time, first-year students:
- 50% from Utah
- 47% from out of state
- 3% international/non-resident students
As of the 2020–21 academic year, Westminster's faculty consists of:
- 133 full-time faculty
- 93% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree available in their fields.
- 202 adjunct instructors
As of the 2020–21 academic year, average class size is:
- Undergraduate: 13
- Graduate: 13
Costs and Aid
- Tuition and fees for the 2021–22 academic year: $38,680
- Estimated cost of room and board for the 2021–22 academic year: $9,670 (based on a double occupancy room with a purple meal plan)
- 100% of incoming first-year students received grant and/or scholarship awards in 2020–21
- $26,143 is the average amount of all grants and scholarships awarded to first-year students for the 2020–21 academic year
- 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 2022 Best Colleges
Westminster is a part of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for the 26th year in a row, receiving recognition for excellence in the following categories:
- #18 in Regional Universities West
- #9 in Best Colleges for Veterans
- #15 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)
- #19 in Best Value Schools
- #90 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
- Best Undergrad for Nursing
The Princeton Review 2022 Rankings
Westminster appears in the following Princeton Review lists:
- The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition (in the top 14%)
- Best Western (2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region)
- Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2021 College Rankings
Westminster moved up in the 2021 edition of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings list. The college is ranked 229—placing 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. Students surveyed for the ranking praised Westminster for the extent of its collaborative learning opportunities; the opportunity for interaction with professors; and the college's rigorous academics that challenge students, support critical thinking, apply learning to the real world, and make connections across topics, courses, and disciplines.
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 more than 450,000 hours of community engagement work over the past 7 years (as of 2021).
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.