Westminster College Welcomes the Class of 2019

Aug 19, 2015

Aug. 19, 2015 More than 470 first-year students to begin classes today Photos of move-in day, first-year orientation and the first day of class can be found at: www.facebook.com/westminsterslc. SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster welcomes the Class of 2019 as 478 students begin their first day of classes today. Hailing from nine countries and 31 states, this class comes from as far as Cambodia to as close as Salt Lake City. "This is an exciting week at Westminster as we welcome our new class of first-year and transfer students," said John Baworowsky, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management and student success. "The class is represented by students from coast to coast, from Maine to California. They bring an incredible mix of talents and interests to Westminster. The class is made of aspiring doctors, scientists, pilots, artists, musicians, actors, accountants, business people, teachers, nurses and dozens more possible careers. They chose to come to Westminster for our personalized education and intimate campus environment. I am looking forward to watching them grow and develop these next four years." Why Westminster? Among the reasons students cited for choosing to attend Westminster was quality of academic programs and the small campus feel. First-year student Patrick Sanchez came all the way from Connecticut to Westminster in order to fly. "I wanted an aviation program that's well respected," said Sanchez, who hopes to become an airline pilot after graduation. "I like that the campus is small and that the people are really nice." Utah native Kennedy Worley praised the school for its intimate feel. "I really like how small the campus is, everyone is really friendly," she said. "There are lots of opportunities like internships and clubs, things to get you out in the community. I enjoy reading and hope to join a book club." Destin Barber from Vermont found out about Westminster at a college fair. "My friend was looking at Westminster so we came out for a visit together," she said. "I really liked the people and everyone was really nice. I've always wanted to be a nurse and I know Westminster has a good nursing program." 2015 First-Year Student Profile In terms of academic accomplishment, this year's first-year class possesses an average high school grade point average of 3.57, well above the national average for high school seniors. 205 or 43% are male 273 or 57% are female 71 or 15% are U.S. students of color 15 or 3% are international/non-resident students Average GPA: 3.57 Average ACT: 24.7 Geographic Information Utah: 267 or 56% Out-of-state: 211 or 44% 31 states and 9 countries are represented including: States: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, ID, IL, IN, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY Countries: Brazil, Cambodia, China, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom Financial Aid Awarded: 98% of incoming first-year class received a financial aid award Average financial aid award: $24,141 (Funding received from scholarship, work programs, federal loans and grants) Total College Enrollment: 2,789 Undergraduate: 2,178 Graduate: 611

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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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