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Westminster College Salt Lake City Admissions Essay

We seek students who will thrive in our classrooms and bring vibrancy to our campus. We review each application individually and take into consideration quality of academic preparation, which includes both difficulty of course work and grades, extracurricular activities, individual talents and character, recommendations, and ACT or SAT scores. A campus visit to meet with an admissions counselor is recommended, as it helps complete the picture for both the prospective student and the college. Westminster admits students whose academic records indicate that they possess the skills and maturity necessary for success in college. Students are admitted without discrimination as to race, visa status, color, nationality, creed, sex, physical handicaps, or veteran status.

A standard college preparatory high school academic program is required and some level of advanced work is highly recommended.

Admission to the college does not constitute acceptance into all of its programs. Students applying for admission into the Education and Nursing programs should consult the appropriate sections of this Academic Catalog for additional admission requirements. Music students must audition to be accepted into the major or minor. Students applying to graduate programs should review the appropriate sections in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Applications for admission are accepted on a continual basis and are processed until the beginning of each academic term. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty-student ratio, class sizes are limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. To accept an offer of admission and reserve a place in the class, an admitted applicant must submit a non-refundable $250 tuition deposit within thirty days of admission. For Fall semester admission, if an extension is requested in writing, the deadline will be extended to May 1 or possibly later, depending on circumstances.

Westminster College administers all of its educational programs, related support services, and benefits in a manner that does not discriminate against students or prospective students with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, or a person’s status as a veteran.
Westminster College seeks to provide equal access for people with disabilities to its programs, services, and activities. Please contact the START Center at 801-832-2280 (TTY 832.2286) if you require admission information in an alternative format or if you need other accommodations.

Admission Requirements

New Freshman

Individual applications are reviewed on the basis of a student’s potential for success at Westminster. Academic preparation, which includes both coursework and grades, is most important. Also important to the review are items such as entrance exams (ACT or SAT), recommendations, and extracurricular activities. A campus visit to meet with an academic counselor is recommended, as it helps complete the picture for both the prospective student and the college.

A student currently enrolled in high school may be accepted for admission on the basis of six semesters of high school work. The college may require additional grade reports during the student’s senior year, and will require final transcripts showing high school graduation.

Transfer Students

A student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (C+) or better in academic courses from all previous college work, and who is in good academic standing at his/her previous institution(s) may be considered for admission as a transfer student.

Detailed information regarding Westminster College transfer policies can be found in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Special Students

Special students are defined as students who are enrolled at the college but have not applied for, or been accepted into, a degree program. Special students, therefore, are those who plan to take courses for “interest only.” Special students are subject to the academic regulations of the college. Credit earned while in special student status is not considered toward a degree unless the student applies for admission to, and is accepted by, the college as a degree-seeking student. A maximum of 30 semester hours of coursework taken as a special student or non-degree-seeking student may be considered for credit earned toward a degree. Special students are not eligible to receive institutional or federal financial aid.Special students who wish to pursue a degree must complete the admission process as a degree-seeking student. Special students must be admitted as degree-seeking prior to the first day of classes in the semester in which they wish to be considered degree-seeking. Applications for admission as a degree-seeking student will be considered after one or more semesters of coursework as a special student.

Readmission of Former Students

Students who wish to register at the college after an absence of three or more academic semesters (not including May or summer terms) must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions. Re-entering students are subject to the academic requirements in effect at the time of their re-entry. Westminster College makes every effort to honor coursework taken in previous years; however, due to curriculum changes, this cannot be guaranteed. Previous coursework in question must be reviewed by individual academic departments with a final agreement submitted in writing to the Registrar’s Office.

Former students who have attended other colleges or universities during their absence must apply for readmission as transfer students and must meet all applicable requirements for admission. It should be noted that students who attend other colleges or universities during a summer session are not required to reapply. Transfer credit for such courses is subject to the college’s regular transfer policies as stated in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

In accordance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, Westminster College will readmit veterans at the same academic status in which they left the institution, provided the veteran notifies the college in advance of their deployments and are not absent from the institution for more than five years, cumulatively. Those students who fail to provide advance notice may re-enroll after providing proof of service.

Concurrent Enrollment

Qualified high school students may enroll at Westminster, while still attending high school, for a maximum of eight credit hours (per semester) with the permission of the Office of Admissions, the applicant’s high school principal or guidance counselor, and parent or legal guardian. Written recommendations from the appropriate individuals and an official transcript (grade point average of 3.00 or higher in academic coursework strongly recommended) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Additional credit hours may be requested and must be approved by the student’s Westminster academic advisors.

Non-High School Graduates

Students who have not completed high school, or who have graduated from a non-accredited high school, may be admitted to the college on the basis of scores received on the General Educational Development examination (GED). A score of 500 or higher in each category and a minimum overall score of 550 is necessary for applicants who submit the equivalency certificate in lieu of a high school diploma.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Students must submit:

  • An application for admission and $50 application fee. The form may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or on the web site at westminstercollege.edu/apply.
  • Personal statement or essay (May be waived for transfer students who have completed an Associate Degree).
  • An official transcript of high school credit sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the high school (for incoming freshmen only).
  • Official transcript(s) from each college or university attended (for incoming transfer students) sent directly to the Office of Admissions by each college or university. An official high school transcript may also be required of a transfer applicant who has completed fewer than 30 semester credit hours or 45 quarter credit hours of college or university work at another institution.
  • ACT or SAT test scores (for incoming freshmen only).
  • Guidance Counselor Recommendation (for incoming freshmen only).

Incoming freshmen must submit a final high school transcript documenting a high school graduation date prior to beginning classes. All records submitted to the college become the property of Westminster College as part of each student’s permanent record and are not returnable.

Incoming freshmen must submit a final high school transcript documenting a high school graduation date prior to beginning classes. All records submitted to the college become the property of Westminster College as part of each student’s permanent record and are not returnable.

When to Apply

High school seniors should apply for admission early in their senior year if they plan to enter the college during the following Fall semester. Transfer and international students should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the semester they plan to attend.

Notification of Admission

Applicants receive a letter notifying them of their eligibility for admission approximately two weeks after the Office of Admissions receives all required materials (application forms, transcripts, and test scores). Transfer students receive a separate summary of transfer credit evaluation.

Once the applicant has been advised of acceptance, a $250 tuition deposit must be submitted to guarantee a place in the entering class. Checks should be made payable to Westminster College and sent to the Office of Admissions. Tuition deposits may also be submitted online at westminstercollege.edu/deposit.

The tuition deposit should be submitted within 30 days of acceptance, or (for those students applying for financial aid) within 30 days of the student’s receipt of his/her financial aid award notice. Students who need additional time should contact the Office of Admissions. The deposit is credited to the student’s account and is deducted from tuition at the beginning of the semester.

Students planning to live in campus housing must submit a housing contract and a $200 room reservation deposit by the deadline date published on the website or housing contract to reserve a place in the residence halls. Housing deposits are refunded in full if a written cancellation is received on or before the deadline for a given semester.

Students planning to live in campus housing must submit a housing contract, a $200 room deposit*, and a roommate preference form to reserve a place in the residence halls. First and second year students are required to live in campus housing during the fall and spring semesters. Exceptions may be granted in specific situations, including for students who plan to live with family in the Salt Lake City area. An exemption form must be filled out to be considered for this exception. Please see westminstercollege.edu/housing for all of these forms.

*Housing deposits are refunded in full, pending damages or charges when a student moves out of housing.

International Students

The college accepts and enrolls students who are citizens of countries other than the United States. Full-time international students are issued Forms I–20 to enable them to apply for student visas.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for enrollment at the college, international students must meet the same admissions requirements as domestic students in addition to other specific international requirements. International students must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Application for admission and a $50 application fee
  2. Recommendation letter from high school counselor or teacher
  3. Official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from all secondary, post-secondary, university and/or professional schools and any necessary translations. These transcripts should be submitted directly to an approved professional evaluation service for a course-by-course evaluation (World Education Services or other Westminster approved service). Students who graduate from an American International School are exempt from this requirement. There may be other exceptions granted on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Official test scores: The SAT and the ACT are not required for international students. However, as further evidence of their academic performance, we strongly encourage students to submit scores if they have taken either exam. These scores are required,
    however, for non-U.S. citizens whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. The scores may also be required from students who studied at an American International School.
  5. Evidence of adequate financial support to cover the total cost of attendance for two semesters. This most commonly comes in the form of a certified bank statement or bank letter as well as a Statement of Financial Responsibility as issued by Westminster College.
  6. International students who are non-native speakers of English must submit results of a standardized English language test. Students whose primary and secondary education took place in one of the countries listed above or who graduated from an English-speaking high school may be exempt from this requirement. Westminster College accepts scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearsons.

The recommended scores for undergraduate admission include one of the following:

TOEFL ibt:79
TOEFL pbt:550
IELTS:6.5
Pearsons:53

Multilingual international students who do not meet the Westminster College English language admission requirement may be conditionally accepted to the College through the English for International Students Bridge Program.

The required scores for the Bridge Level 2 Program include one of the following:

TOEFL ibt:61
TOEFL pbt:500
IELTS:6.0
Pearsons:44

The required scores for the Bridge Level 1 Program include one of the following:

TOEFL ibt:45
TOEFL pbt:450
IELTS:5.5
Pearsons:39

International students who have attended another college or university in the U. S. and have completed a minimum of 15 academic credits may be accepted as transfer students and may not need to present a TOEFL score.

All materials submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of the college and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another school. If the student’s school or ministry of education issues only one copy of secondary school grades or examination scores, the Office of Admissions will make a certified copy and return the original to the student; however, in all cases copies must be made from originals. Duplicated copies will not be accepted.

Once all required documentation has been received and the student has been accepted for admission, a Form I–20 will be sent to the student.

International Exchange Students

The college accepts and enrolls students from our partner institutions who are citizens of countries other than the United States for exchange programs. Full-time international exchange students are issued Forms DS-2019 forms to enable them to apply for student visas.

Admission Requirements

Exchange students must submit the following materials to the Office of Student International Services:

  1. Exchange student application for admission (application fee is waived)
  2. Nomination letter from an academic advisor, professor, dean or exchange coordinator at the partner institution.
  3. Official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from all secondary, post-secondary, university and/or professional schools. All transcripts must be submitted with an official English translation
  4. Evidence of adequate financial support to cover the total cost of attendance for the
    duration of the exchange program (one or two semesters). This most commonly comes in the form of a certified bank statement or bank letter.
  5. Statement of Financial Responsibility completed by the student and/or financial guarantor.
  6. International Exchange students who are non-native speakers of English must submit results of a standardized English language test. Students who may be exempt from this requirement include students whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. or students who graduated from an English-speaking high school. At the discretion of the Admissions Office, this requirement may also be satisfied through other comparable means. Westminster College accepts scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearsons. The required scores for undergraduate admission include one of the following:TOEFL ibt: 79
    TOEFL pbt: 550
    IELTS: 6.5
    Pearsons: 53Exchange students who have attended another college or university in the U. S. and have
    completed a minimum of 15 academic credits may not need to present a TOEFL score.
  7. Copy of the identification page of the applicant’s passport

All materials submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of the college and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another school. If the student’s school or ministry of education issues only one copy of secondary school grades or examination scores, the Office of Admissions will make a certified copy and return the original to the student; however, in all cases copies must be made from originals. Duplicated copies will not be accepted.

Once all required documentation has been received and the student has been accepted for admission, a Form DS-2019 will be sent to the student.

Credits for Advanced Standing

Transfer Credit

The college accepts credit earned at other regionally-accredited colleges and/or universities in which a grade of C- or better has been earned and which is appropriate to the degree being sought. Courses which are remedial in nature or below college level are not acceptable. For detailed information regarding Westminster College transfer policies, refer to the section on Degree Requirements.

 

FAQs

The college search process is challenging. There are many important aspects to think about and consider. We believe the best way to learn about colleges is to ask questions throughout the process. Click on any of the topics we have listed below to find common questions and answers students and families have.

Admissions
What is the application process and when is the deadline?

Westminster has two application options. The first is known as Early Action or EA. The deadline to receive consideration for EA is November 15th with a decision notification no later than December 15th.

The second application process is Rolling Admission beginning December 1, on a continuous basis with notification as soon as the application materials are received and reviewed. Students that apply after March 1st will be admitted based on a space availability in the new freshman class.

Do I have to commit to Westminster before May 1st if I'm accepted through Early Action?

There is no obligation to commit to Westminster based on Early Action Admission. The EA option gives you the earliest possible notification about:

  1. Your acceptance to Westminster.
  2. Your merit scholarship award (provided you're eligible) and
  3. Your financial aid package is awarded earlier provided you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),

You may consider Westminster’s and other institution’s offers through May 1st of your senior year.

When do I declare a major officially?”

Students are not required to choose a major until the second semester of their sophomore year. However, declaring a major before you enter will give you the opportunity to take classes within your major as early as your first semester. If you are interested in nursing, you will need to declare nursing when you register as a first-time student.

Is a formal interview required for admission?

No. However, we do highly recommend that students visit the campus to become better acquainted with the College. While on campus prospective students can meet with an admissions counselor, tour the campus and meet with college faculty and/or coaches.

When may I come for a visit?

Individual visits can be made throughout the year. The admission office is open Monday - Friday throughout the year and on Saturday mornings during the academic year. You can schedule your visit online or by calling 724-946-7100. In addition, you can visit our campus on any number of our special Admissions Events.

What is Westminster's Financial Aid Federal Code?

Financial Aid Federal code is 003392.

What standardized test scores are required?

Westminster will accept either the SAT or ACT test scores. International students are required to provide results of a TOEFL or ELTS exam to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academics
Tuition & Financial Aid
How much does it cost to attend Westminster College?

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the total cost (tuition, fees, room and board) is $48,106. This includes $170 for new student orientation. Please refer to our Cost of Attendance page for a detailed cost breakdown.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Academic scholarships are available. The College recognizes student excellence with scholarships at various levels. The merit awards are based upon high school academic achievement. Click here for a detailed list of our Merit Based Scholarships.

How do I apply for financial aid?

All students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of their senior year. All students are encouraged to file a FAFSA to be considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

When should I apply for financial aid?

The best time to apply for financial aid is as close to November 1 as possible. Families completing the FAFSA can do so on the web at FAFSA.ed.gov to get started and have many of your questions concerning federal and state programs answered.

Student Life
How many students attend Westminster College?

The student body is just over 1400 students which includes undergraduate and graduate students.

What is the percentage of women and men at Westminster?

The percentage by gender is 55 female to 45 male from throughout the US and the world blending culture and ethnic backgrounds in a special learning environment.

What is the student to faculty ratio?

The emphasis on the classroom experience is based upon small classes taught by engaging faculty. The student/faculty ratio is 12:1.

What is the average class size at Westminster?

The avarage is 25-30 students. Many of our classes are less than 20 and the largest class, of any kind, that you may find at Westminster is roughly 40-45 students. The only classes taught with more than 39 students are the music performance such as band, choral, orchestra and ensembles.

What is the graduation rate at Westminster?

Of the students who entered the College in the Fall 2008 semester, 71% graduated in 4 years and 76% in 6 years.

What percentage of students are commuters?

Westminster has an 8% commuter population. Housing is guaranteed for four years with various options of resident hall accommodations’ from single sex to coed residence halls as well as apartments available on campus.

What states do Westminster College students come from?

The majority of students (71%) are from Pennsylvania with Ohio being the next group of students represented. The second largest out of state students are from 24 to 26 states and five other countries.

Is Westminster a safe campus?

The campus is an environment where students live together and respect each other. Students feel safe on campus and the surrounding area. However, we do work hard to keep the campus safe with a 24-hour Safety and Security Department that takes a very proactive approach, ensuring the safety of the entire college community. Check out our campus crime statistics here.

What is the town of New Wilmington like?

New Wilmington is a small residential community (pop. 2,000), where you will find several quaint shops, banks, places of worship, local restaurants, several doctors offices, and a number of Bed & Breakfasts. A short 10 minute drive away are the towns of New Castle, PA (25,000 ) Sharon and Hermitage, PA (30,000 ).

Is on-campus housing available?

Yes. At Westminster you are guaranteed housing all 4 years and 85% of our students live on campus. Single sex and coed residence halls or apartment style housing are available.

How are we matched with our roommate?

Incoming First-Year students students complete the residence life form as part of the new student checklist. Members of the Student Affairs Office look at each form and pair roommates by hand according to the information supplied by each incoming student.

May I have a car on campus?

Yes. Each class year, Freshman through Senior, will be allowed to register vehicles. The yearly parking fee is $70.

What religious opportunities are available for students?

Westminster College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. The Chapel Office provides biweekly chapel services, a Saturday evening Catholic Mass, a Sunday evening nondenominational Vespers service, as well as numerous other opportunities for spiritual growth. Click here for the Chapel Office's website.

How many clubs or organizations does Westminster have?

Westminster students can take part in over 100 clubs and organizations, which range from academic societies to clubs that cater to specific interests.

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