For years, Westminster College has provided a quality private college education for students from many countries. Although the majority of students attending Westminster are citizens of the United States, the College enthusiastically welcomes students of different cultures and creeds.
Attending a college or university in the United States continues to be the goal of many international students seeking a quality education. Leaving family, friends and country to attend college in the United States requires advance planning and careful decision making.
The information on these web pages is provided to help international students become acquainted with the College and the steps to take when applying for admission.
Westminster College is located in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania - a small, rural, non-industrial residential community 65 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and 17 miles east of Youngstown, Ohio.
The local area is made up of farms and individual residences. Westminster's 300-acre campus is a safe and serene place for students to live and study. The surrounding area offers our students many fishing, hiking, bicycling, and golfing opportunities. The climate is temperate with four seasons - snow in the winter, rain in the spring, and dry periods in summer and fall. Temperatures in vary from -29oC in the winter to +30oC in the summer, requiring appropriate clothing for each season.
Westminster works on a two semester academic schedule, the Fall semester runs from August to December and Spring semester from January to May. Applicants are encouraged to have all their application materials in to the Admissions Office as soon as possible, but no later than May 1 for the Fall semester and September 1 for the Spring semester.
Your academic acceptance to Westminster College will be based primarily on the strength of your secondary school work and your performance on the TOEFL examination. All ORIGINAL documents (including transcripts) or NOTARIZED copies must be submitted for evaluation.
International students must submit the following materials:
The application for International Admissions
The formal application for international students must be fully completed before the student will be considered for admission. The application requires complete information regarding qualifications, English language proficiency (TOEFL), plan of study, financial status, letters of recommendation, and physical health of the student.
- Academic Requirements & Transcripts
Applicants for admission must have completed at least a 13 year elementary/secondary school program or equivalent of a U.S. high school graduation requirement. To be admitted to Westminster College, the applicant must have at least a 2.50 (C+) average on a 4.00 scale, or a first division pass on the European University (0 level) scale in courses which are college preparatory in nature.
ORIGINAL secondary school transcripts or a copy of the transcript with an OFFICIAL SCHOOL SEAL or a NOTARIZED COPY of the transcript are required. An up-to-date transcript includes grades for the last four years of school as well as a listing of courses, exams, or certificates in progress.
- English Requirement
The SAT is required of students whose country of origin is an English - speaking country. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score required for unconditional admission is 500. The Michigan Test score required for unconditional admission is 75.
- Financial Resources Requirements
International applicants should be prepared to meet the full cost of attendance - tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and personal expenses for the calendar year - from personal or family resources or from funds supplied by their government or other outside sources. Every accepted international student will receive a $9,000/year International Student Diversity Grant.
Applicants are required to complete the "International Student Financial Declaration" which is included in the Application, amounts should be converted to $US dollars.
Cost & Financial Aid
In order to apply for a student visa, you must have an I-20. Before an I-20 form can be issued, satisfactory arrangements must be made for payment of tuition and fees. Every accepted international student will receive a $9,000/year International Student Diversity Grant.
International applicants should be prepared to meet the full cost of attendance - tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and personal expenses for the calendar year - from personal or family resources or from funds applied by their government or other outside sources.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, the total cost (tuition, fees, room, and board ) is $41,190. This includes $110 for new student orientation.