Feb 2, 2016
Feb. 2, 2016
College praised for excellent financial aid, personalized education and post-graduation salaries
SALT LAKE CITY
- Westminster is one of the nation's best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and an affordable price according to The Princeton Review.
The college has been included in the 2016 "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck."
In this year's profile, Westminster is praised for its community focus and personalized education-where students are "a name, not a number" to professors and administrators. The book touts the college's generous financial aid packages, where over 95 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. Additionally, students describe Westminster as having the "best nursing program in the state" as well as "smart, eco-conscious, friendly" students.
The "Career" section highlights Westminster's "fabulous Career Resource Center" that hosts numerous recruiting events throughout the year. The center works diligently to bring big name firms like Goldman Sachs, Overstock.com and LinkedIn to campus to expose students to a variety of employment opportunities. Westminster also has a very successful internship program that ensures students get the practical experience they need to be competitive for top-notch industry jobs. The Princeton Review includes PayScale.com figures reporting Westminster's graduates with at least a bachelor's degree have a median starting salary of $49,800 and median mid-career salary of $77,600.
"Being recognized for our return on investment is one of the single most important ratings a college can receive," said Steve Morgan, Westminster president. "Not only does Westminster provide an exceptional education, but it also prepares our students for the real world so they can lead successful lives and careers."
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on ROI (return on investment) ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt and alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The Princeton Review editors culled data from the company's surveys of administrators and students in 2014-15 and from PayScale.com's surveys of school alumni conducted through April 2015.
"We highly recommend Westminster College and all of our 'Colleges That Pay You Back' schools," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior VP/publisher and lead author of the book. "They stand out not only for their outstanding academics but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and/or generous financial aid to students with need-or both. Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support."
"Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck" is published by Penguin Random House/Princeton Review Books, $21.99. The company also posted its school profiles for this book and the book's seven categories of ranking lists on its website at http://www.princetonreview.com/colleges-pay-you-back
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