Westminster College Welcomes Class of 2022 with New President, Beth Dobkin

Class of 2022

Aug 22, 2018

Griffins also kick off the school year as a first-time NCAA Division II member   


SALT LAKE CITY – Today Westminster College welcomes 445 first-year students to campus for the first day of classes. The Class of 2022 joined Westminster’s new president, Beth Dobkin, Ph.D., in several firsts at the college, including her first convocation ceremony and the college’s first celebration as an NCAA Division II member.

“It’s a new start for them, and it’s a new start for me,” Dobkin said. “There’s a lot to be learned in these first few days about what brings people here and seeing if it’s similar to what brought me here. The start of anything is filled with great hope and anticipation. That’s very energizing.”

This year’s class continues to reflect the diversity of the region, with more than 21% being students of color. Additionally, 62% of incoming students are female and 38% are male. The Class of 2022 comes from 32 states, spanning Florida to Hawaii.  

The Class of 2022 will also be the first to attend under Westminster’s NCAA Division II membership. Westminster Griffins women’s volleyball will host its first official game against Truman State University on Sept. 1 at noon.

This year’s first-year student profile includes:

Demographics 38% male                        62% female  

21% U.S. students of color 5% multi-racial 3% international/non-resident students

61% from Utah 39% from out-of-state


Average high school GPA: 3.58 Average ACT: 24 Average SAT: 1165

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive 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 enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. 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.

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