Parent and Family Resources
Westminster College provides resources to parents from their students' admission all the way to graduation. Parents are encouraged to participate in their students' educational experience by getting involved in events, fundraising, leadership, and campus life. Whether you live in Utah or somewhere far away, you can stay up-to-date with campus happenings and feel connected to your child's college experience.
If you have any questions about Westminster College, submit a question to the parent support team.
Considering Westminster College?
We are delighted that you and your family are considering Westminster College for your student's educational experience. You may want to learn more about programs, visiting campus, tuition and aid, or admissions requirements.
Settling into College Life
Your student has been admitted, now what? We've got you covered. To learn more about the next steps to finish enrollment, check out admitted student next steps.
Visit the Westminster bookstore online or in Shaw Student Center to buy textbooks, Westminster gear, laptops, supplies, and more.
Students are encouraged to carry health and accident insurance. All international students, student athletes, and students admitted to the nursing program are required to provide evidence of insurance coverage. Many plans carry students on their parents’ coverage if they are under the age of 26. You can also check out private health plan options for students and ACA health care plans.
Westminster requires that all first-year and sophomore students live on campus, unless they have applied for a residency exemption.
Move-in day is in August and includes day and evening activities for students—both mandatory and optional.
New Student Orientation is a mandatory program for all new students entering in the fall. Students will receive a registration email after completing Griffin GearUp. During orientation registration, your student can also register any guests or family members who plan to attend the Parent and Family Experience. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your registration for New Student Orientation.
The Outdoor Experience is an optional—and awesome—pre-orientation program where incoming first-year students learn outdoor skills and meet fellow first-year students while exploring Utah's landscape.
Read the Parent Handbook to get more details about how to support your student's experience at Westminster.
Here are some ideas and resources to help you have productive conversations with your student about preparing for college:
- Talk to your student about responsible citizenship. You may want to cover topics like peer pressure, making friends, alcohol use, time management, relationships, honesty, plagiarism, eating healthy, and exercise. The Counseling Center on campus is available for parent and student support.
- Establish a regular communication schedule. Remind your student that you tend to worry if they don't return your phone calls. As your student frames their own choices and decisions at this powerful, transitional time in their lives, be available and listen.
- Develop a budget with your student. Remember to include tuition and fees, meals, and books.
- Encourage your student to get involved on campus. They should make use of campus resources and be open to connecting with a faculty or staff mentor. Research shows campus involvement increases a student's GPA.