Westminster College Welcomes the Class of 2017

Aug 21, 2013

Aug. 21, 2013 More than 465 freshmen to begin classes today SALT LAKE CITY -Westminster welcomes the Class of 2017 as more than 465 students begin their first day of classes today. Hailing from more than 15 countries and 33 states, this year's freshman class comes from as far as Kazakhstan to as close as Salt Lake. Several new programs will be introduced this year, including the college's new RN to BS program (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing), Geology major, Master of Strategic Communication and the Outdoor Leadership Minor. "Students from around the country and world chose Westminster for the opportunity to be closely connected to faculty in an active environment that will prepare them for success, said Liz Key, interim VP of Enrollment. "We're thrilled to introduce our Master of Strategic Communication and the RN to BS programs which bring the learning relationships to a new level." The intimate class sizes and proximity to the great outdoors were both key attractors for this year's freshman class. Tyler Brice, a 19-year-old freshman from Seattle, noted the college's new Outdoor Recreation Minor and academics were also a big draw. "I'm super stoked about it," he said. "I came to Westminster because of the outdoor activities, small student body and class size.the area is a great draw and the academics make Westminster a great fit for me." Photos of Move-In Day, First-Year Orientation, and the first day of class can be found at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/westminsterslc/sets/72157635154892103/ 2013 Freshman Profile In terms of academic accomplishment, this year's freshman class possesses an average high school grade point average of 3.54, well above the national average for high school seniors. 215 or 46% are male 252 or 54% are female 78 or 16% are U.S. students of color 24 or 5% are international/non-resident students Average GPA: 3.54 Average ACT: 24.7 Geographic Information Utah: 246 or 53% Out-of-state: 221 or 47% 33 states and 15 countries are represented including: States: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, MA, ME, MD, MN, MS MT, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY Countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Korea, Nepal, Norway, Russia, Saudi-Arabia, Sweden, Vietnam Financial Aid Awarded: 96% of incoming freshman class received a financial aid award Average financial aid award $23,632 (Funding received from all sources - scholarship, work, federal loans, and grants) Total College Enrollment: Undergraduate: 2,309 Graduate: 810

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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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