Westminster Ranked as a Best Regional University, Best Value, Best College for Veterans by USNEWS

Sep 9, 2015

Sept. 9, 2015 Westminster included in the national publication for the 21st consecutive year SALT LAKE CITY - As Utah's only private, comprehensive liberal arts college, Westminster has again earned nationwide recognition by U.S.News & World Report and is included in the 2016 "Best College" guide in the following lists: "Best Regional University - West" (No. 20); "Great Schools, Great Prices" (No. 6); and "A+ Schools for B Students." This year, the college can tack on another accolade as a 2016 "Best College for Veterans - West," (No. 18) which coincides with the Grand Opening of Westminster's first-ever Center for Veteran and Military Services on Friday, September 11. "At Westminster, our top priority is our students and their learning, so we appreciate that national publications like USNEWS continue to recognize our exceptional academics and student life experience," said Stephen Morgan, Westminster College president. "As a 'Best Value' college, it's essential that we continue to keep our education accessible to students and their families, and we are very excited to be recognized as a great college for our student veterans." With a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 17, Westminster is hailed for its intimate classes and personalized student experience. The college has 42 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs, from aviation flight operations to theatre arts, and continues to add programs each year. In addition to its value and student-veteran efforts, the college has received praise for its green sustainability efforts, location, community relations, winter Olympians and vibrant campus life. The college has been included in USNEWS' Best College guidebook for 21 years. The U.S. News and World Report rankings are based on several key measures of quality including: assessment of excellence (22.5%); graduation and retention rates (22.5%); faculty resources (20%); student selectivity (12.5%); financial resources (10%); graduate rate performance (7.5%); and alumni giving (5%). Colleges are then ranked in their specific category (National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges) by their total weighted score. For more information on USNEWS' 2016 Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.  

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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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