Admitted First-Year Students
Congratulations on being admitted to Westminster College! The following is a list of things to do to help make your transition to Westminster as smooth as possible. Admitted students are invited to schedule a virtual meeting with admissions and financial aid counselors.
Future Griffin pro tip: Check your admissions portal often for updates and additional information.
1. Schedule a Virtual Meeting
Admitted students are invited to schedule a virtual meeting with admissions and financial aid counselors. You can get answers to any questions you may have about Westminster or the next steps you need to take.
Schedule a Virtual Meeting with an Admissions Counselor
Schedule a Virtual Meeting with a Financial Aid Counselor
2. Pay Your Tuition and Housing Deposit
Visit your admissions portal to secure your spot at Westminster with a tuition deposit. Tuition and housing deposits are combined for first-year students. After you pay your deposit, you will be ready to register for classes and housing when those registration periods begin. Deposits are due by May 1.
3. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
4. Register for Housing
Make sure to secure your spot in one of the residence halls early, as campus housing is in high demand. Westminster's first- and second-year living experience is designed to provide you with the best possible college experience. All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus.
5. Join the Admitted Student Community on Instagram
Follow the @WestminsterAdmissions Instagram page where you can ask all your questions about coming to school, meet other admitted Griffins, stay up do date on registration and new-student activities, and learn more about the Westminster community as a whole.
6. Register for and Attend Admitted Student Day (April 16–17, 2021)
Admitted Student Day is a 2-day virtual event designed to give you the chance to see why Westminster is the right fit for
you. Get answers to all of your questions as you learn about student life, clubs,
and events from current students. When registration is open, you'll see it in your admissions portal.
7. Register for Classes
Registration for classes begins in April with Griffin GearUp programs, which help first-year students experience campus, meet other students, and prepare for the first day of classes. There are many dates to choose from, making it easier to schedule your visit when it works best for you.
First-year students who cannot attend a Griffin GearUp should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
8. Move Into Your Residence Hall
First-year students move into residence halls on August 13, 2021. There are no early move-ins unless you are in a preexisting early arrival group.
The Office of Residence Life will be housing residents at standard capacity for Fall 2021. Therefore, Westminster is taking several precautions to ensure the health of residential students:
- All students must prove their COVID-19 vaccination status before moving into campus housing. You will receive a form for this in early August.
- Unvaccinated residents must complete a COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antigen FIA test or PCR test within 120 hours prior to arrival. You must upload your test results to the COVID-19 Test Form. You will not be able to move in or receive keys without completing the form and submitting your results.
- Unvaccinated residents must be routinely tested for COVID-19 throughout the semester. Student Health Services will perform testing.
- Students living on campus can expect housekeeping to continue to clean with CDC protocols in mind.
- Quarantine housing space will be available on campus for residents who do contract COVID-19.
- Westminster’s guest policy for Fall Semester is limited to Westminster community members only. The college hopes to be able to lift all guest restrictions by Spring Semester within CDC protocols.
9. Attend New Student Orientation
Admitted for Fall 2020: August 14–17
10. Attend Classes
Fall 2021 Classes Begin: August 18
Spring 2022 Classes Begin: January 10
Other Ways to Prepare for Your First Semester
- Send us your AP transcripts, IB transcripts, or concurrent enrollment transcripts. You should contact each individual college for concurrent enrollment transcripts.
- Get your books.
- Get your student ID card from the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center.
- Activate your ID card for your meal plan at the food services office in the Shaw Student Center.
- Get your parking pass.
- Schedule a campus tour with the admissions office in Converse Hall.
For Advanced Placement (AP) exams, submit a request through the College Board for your scores to be sent to us. You'll be able to talk about your exams during your registration appointment. Details for transfer equivalencies for AP examinations are available through the academic catalog.
International Baccalaureate students should submit a request through the IB portal to send your scores directly to us. Details for transfer equivalencies for IB Examinations are available through the academic catalog.
Students who took college classes while in high school must submit an official transcript from the college or university when their semester is completed. Credit noted on your high school transcript is not sufficient.
Contact email@example.com if you have questions about external credit.
Deferring Your Enrollment
First-year students who have paid their enrollment deposit may apply for a deferral for up to 2 years.