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What to Expect in Fall 2020

Westminster intends to resume in-person instruction on campus for Fall Semester—with appropriate adjustments—knowing that some aspects of campus life will look different in the early phases of reopening.

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Admitted International 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.

Next Steps

If you have questions, email international@westminstercollege.edu to schedule a virtual meeting with an international admissions counselor.

1. Pay Your Tuition and Housing Deposit

Tuition and housing deposits are combined for international students. Pay your deposit so we can secure your spot at Westminster College. After you pay your deposit, you will be ready to register for classes and housing when those registration periods begin. Deposits for fall start are due by June 1, 2020.

pay your deposit online

Pay by Check

Send checks to:

Office of Admissions
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Pay by Phone

801.832.2200 or toll free at 1.800.748.4753

2. Apply for an I-20

Westminster College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Upon acceptance and payment of the deposit, non-immigrant students submit financial guarantee documents and request the initial or transfer SEVIS Form I-20.

Submit your I-20 application documents using Westminster’s secure FileSafe.

  • Copy of passport
  • Bank statement or other evidence of ability to pay
  • Statement of financial responsibility

The SEVIS Form I-20 is a three-page document used by students to obtain an F-1 visa. Students who are entering the United States with an I-20 for initial attendance will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses SEVIS fee payments to fund and maintain the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the immigration database used to process documents for international students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States.
  2. Apply for the non-immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. All visa applicants must submit a completed DS-160 Online Non-immigrant Visa Application. You will need your passport and SEVIS ID number to complete this form.
  3. Schedule the visa interview.
  4. Pay the visa application fee.
  5. Prepare for and attend the visa interview.

F-1 students and their dependents are permitted to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the report date, #5 on the I-20 form. Dependents (spouse or children) accompanying the F-1 student in F-2 status must have their own SEVIS Form I-20 issued in the name of the dependent.

For more information about the process and rules for studying in the United States as an international student, visit Homeland Security's Study in the States webpage.

Email Nathan Jones, director of international admissions (njones@westminstercollege.edu) if you have any questions.

3. Register for Housing

Campus housing is in high demand. Secure your spot in one of our residence halls early. Westminster's first-year/sophomore housing is designed to provide you with a safe and enjoyable college experience.

Admitted for Fall Semester: The application to register for housing is available beginning Jan. 1. The priority deadline to register for housing is June 1, 2020. The final deadline to register for housing is June 15, 2020. Fall housing assignments go out during the first week of July.

Admitted for Spring Semester: The application to register for housing is available beginning Oct. 1. If you register prior to Dec. 1, you will receive your housing assignments by Dec. 15.

Register for Housing

4. Register for Classes

Registration begins in Apr. for fall semester and Nov. for spring semester.

Students living in Utah and starting classes in fall are invited to attend Griffin GearUp between Apr. and June. You must register for Griffin GearUp in advance.

Students who are unable to attend a Griffin GearUp must contact Frances Peacock at fpeacock@westminstercollege.edu to schedule a virtual academic advising appointment and register for classes.

Register for Griffin GearUp

5. Fly in on Arrival Day

Admitted for Fall Semester: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 (Aug. 12 for Master of Business Administration program students)

Admitted for Spring Semester: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 (Jan. 6 for Master of Business Administration program students)

Airport pick-up service is available for new international students arriving from abroad. Email Alison Vásquez (avasquez@westminstercollege.edu) in the Office for Global Engagement to schedule a pickup.

6. Attend International Student Orientation

Admitted for Fall Semester: Aug. 14, 2020

Admitted for Spring Semester: Jan. 8, 2021 (includes New Student Orientation)

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7. Attend New Student Orientation

Admitted for Fall Semester: Aug. 15–Aug. 17, 2020

Admitted for Spring Semester: Jan. 8, 2021 (includes International Student Orientation)

Email Alison Vásquez (avasquez@westminstercollege.edu) in the Office for Global Engagement for more information.

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8. Attend Classes

Be ready to attend classes on the semester start date.

Admitted for Fall Semester: Aug. 18, 2020

Admitted for Spring Semester: Jan. 11, 2021

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