Westminster Named Among "The Best 380 Colleges" by The Princeton Review

Aug 4, 2015

Aug. 4, 2015 College praised for "intimate classes" and "professors who truly care about their students" SALT LAKE CITY - The Princeton Review announced today that Westminster College is one of the nation's "best 380 colleges" and will be included in their 2016 annual college guide. Only 15 percent of the country's 2,500 four-year colleges are showcased in the The Best 380 Colleges guidebook. In addition to the inclusion in The Best 380 Colleges guide, Westminster was also named as a best "Western" college, a top "Green" college and ranked No. 16 in "Town-Gown Relations are Great," which reflects the close relationship the campus has with the local community and businesses. "Westminster has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the country by The Princeton Review for more than a decade," said Steve Morgan, Westminster president. "The fact that our students continue to praise the college for its quality of life, sustainability efforts, academics and community relations speaks volumes about the high-quality educational experience we provide. As the only private, liberal arts college in the state that offers professional programs, we provide tremendous value to our students, which is reflected through this recognition." Published annually since 1992, The Best 380 Colleges guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top-20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 136,000 students attending the colleges. In the guide's 2016 profile, students praise Westminster for its "outstanding" nursing program, "intimate classes," and "professors who truly care about their students." The college was also lauded for its location, citing "an urban setting that has easy access to the outdoors" and that the campus is only "15 minutes away from outdoor recreation areas." Many students also highlighted the "small-campus" feel in an "amazing location in a safe neighborhood." The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 380 in any category. Instead it uses students' ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top-20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 136,000 students (about 358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school's library, career services and student body's political leanings. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/ranking-methodology.

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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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