First Generation Student Resources

GriffinFirst is a student-support initiative designed to help first-generation college students navigate the ins and outs of succeeding at Westminster. As the first in your family to attend college, you may have questions about setting up your classes, buying books, and finding services and support on campus. Your hard work, dedication, and perseverance have brought you this far, and Westminster College wants to support you in feeling confident, comfortable, and ready to take on the adventures and challenges you'll face while earning your degree.


WCore is Westminster’s general education program. As part of your overall graduation requirements, WCore classes are designed to give you the opportunity to explore new subjects in hands-on, small-group settings.

Learning Communities

First-year students at Westminster take classes called Learning Communities. These classes are interdisciplinary—linking two different classes together with a common theme—and are designed to hep you transition to college. Past classes have paired psychology and math, economics and philosophy, and anthropology and English, just to name a few.

Class Registration

Before you sign up for classes, you’ll need to pay a $250 admission deposit to secure your spot. You can pay your deposit online, over the phone, or by mail. If you have questions, call the Admission Office at 801.832.2200.

You can register for classes by scheduling a meeting with an academic advisor, either in person or over the phone. You can make an appointment by contacting the academic advising center at 801.832.2280.

You can also sign up for classes at a Griffin GearUp—a two-day experience for admitted first-year students where you’ll meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, learn more about tuition and financial aid, and get to know your future classmates.

Academic Advising

Your academic advisor will help you explore your academic, professional, and personal interests to choose classes that are inspiring and exciting. They will also help you figure out how to fit all of your classes in to four years without stretching yourself too thin.

Housing Options

Westminster offers several different types of dorms, including traditional-style dorms with shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and apartment-style dorms where you have your own room in a suite with a few other roommates. Contact the Office of Residence Life to discuss what option best fits your needs.

Housing Application

You can apply for campus housing online.

Living Off Campus

While we recommend that students live on campus for their first year, we understand that isn’t always possible. If that’s the case, you can submit a Residency Exemption Request.

Starting college can be intimidating. You might worry that you won’t be able to find friends on your first day of school or that you’ll never find a community like the one you had in high school. At Westminster, we understand how important a sense of community is for being successful in college.

We want you to feel at home here, and there are countless ways to get involved on campus. The Student Diversity and Inclusion Center and the Office of Spiritual Life provide spaces and communities to help you feel supported, represented, and acknowledged. The Environmental Center and Outdoor Recreation Program provide opportunities for you to get involved both on and off campus. There are theatre productions, volunteer groups, clubs, music ensembles, intramural sports teams, student government, and dozens of other ways for you to carve your path at Westminster.

Westminster acknowledges and engages with the values, experiences, worldviews, and intersectional identities of all members of our campus community. Our goal is to cultivate a respectful, equitable, and healthy campus community because we believe that every student should be able to live life free from judgement, bias, hostility, and hate.