Undergraduate Admissions



The Westminster College Admissions & Financial Aid Office is located in the Remick Admissions House. It is here that you may start your campus visit and learn about the many aspects that make Westminster such a wonderful place to continue your education.

Admissions Office Hours


Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
*Appointments may be made beginning at 8:30 AM and ending at 3:00 PM to allow for tours.

Saturdays (September - May): 9:00 AM - Noon
*Appointments may be made beginning at 9:00 PM and ending at 11:15 AM.

Phone: (800)-942-8033
admis@westminster.edu
Campus Map & Virtual Tour


Frequently Asked Questions


The college search and decision are difficult. There are just so many aspects to think about and take into consideration. That is why the best way to learn about a college is to ask as many questions as you can. Click on any of the topics below and you will find a number of common questions that students and families have.

 

Admissions


When is the application deadline?

Westminster College has two application plans. Early Action has a deadline of November 15th; with a notification no later than December 15th. Rolling Admission begins after December 15th; with notification on a rolling basis as soon as materials are received.

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

No. Early Action gives you the earliest possible notification about:
  1. Your acceptance to Westminster.
  2. Your merit scholarship award (provided you're eligible) and
  3. An estimated financial aid package (you must fill out an early estimator form).
You may consider these and other offers through May 1st of your senior year if necessary.

Do I have to declare a major when I apply?

No. 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.

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 can I come for a visit?

Individual visits can be made throughout the year. Our office is open Monday - Friday and on Saturday mornings during the academic year. You can schedule your visit on-line or by calling 1-800-942-8033. In addition, you can visit our campus on any number of our special Admissions Events.

What is Westminster's Federal Code?

Our Federal code is 003392.

What standardized test scores are required?

Westminster will accept either the SAT or ACT test scores. SAT II exams are not required.

 

Academics


What academic calendar does Westminster use?

Westminster operates on a two-semester calendar.

Does Westminster College have a major in ___________?

There are over 40 different majors and many pre professional programs at Westminster College. To learn more about individual programs visit our Majors & Programs page.

Does Westminster College use teaching assistants?

No. Courses and labs at Westminster College are taught only by faculty members. 92% of the faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

What is Westminster's policy on AP credits?

Credit is issued for a score of 4 on most AP tests.

Does Westminster accept credits from other colleges?

Yes. Many students have the opportunity to transfer college credits prior to the start of their first year at Westminster. Each college class is reviewed on an individual basis and final approval is made by our Registrar's Office.

Are there opportunities for study abroad?

Yes. Westminster offers numerous opportunities to study off campus. Each student request for foreign or off campus study is handled on an individual basis through the Office of Academic Affairs. Visit our Study Abroad web page.

Are internship opportunities available for Westminster students?

Yes. About 85% of Westminster students take part in at least one internship during their time on campus, while many of those take advantage of several . The Career Center is very instrumental in helping students obtain these internships.

Can I bring my own computer to campus?

Yes. Many students either bring their own computer or purchase one through the College. All residence hall rooms have network accessibility. If you choose to bring your own computer you will need to check with our Computer Center (Information Systems) to find out about specific requirements.

 

Cost & Financial Aid


How much does it cost to attend Westminster College?

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the total cost (tuition, fees, room and board) is $42,415. This includes $110 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. Click here for a detailed list of our Merit Based Scholarships.

How do I apply for financial aid?

All students wishing to be considered for federal, state, and institutional aid should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available from your high school guidance office.

When should I apply for financial aid?

The best time to apply for financial aid is as close to January 1 as possible, and before May 1. Before a student applies for financial aid, parents need to figure their income for the previous year since this figure needs to be reported on all financial aid forms.

 

Student Life/Profile


How many students attend Westminster College?

The total undergraduate population at Westminster is 1485.

What is the percentage of women and men at Westminster?

60% female and 40% male.

What is the student to faculty ratio?

12:1

What is the average class size at Westminster?

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.

What is the graduation rate at Westminster?

Of the 372 students who entered the College in the Fall 1998 semester, 68% completed their program within four years, 75% within 5 years, and 76% within 6 years of matriculation.

What percentage of students are commuters?

Westminster has an 8% commuter population.

What states do Westminster College students come from?

78% of students are from Pennsylvania and 15% from Ohio. 24 states are represented at Westminster, a well as 3 foreign countries.

Is Westminster a safe campus?

Yes. Year in and year out, our students find that Westminster College is truly a safe environment to call home. Our 24 hour Safety and Security Department 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, 2 banks, 3 places of worship, 5 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 ) 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.

How are we matched with our roommate?

Incoming First-Year students fill out a roommate preference sheet the summer before the Fall Semester and send it to the Student Affairs Office. Members of the Student Affairs Office look at each sheet and pair roommates by hand according to the information supplied by each incoming student.

Can I have a car on campus?

Yes. Each class year, Freshman through Senior, will be allowed to register 190 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.

 

Athletics


What division of athletics are Westminster College's intercollegiate sports?

Westminster is NCAA Division III in all of its intercollegiate sports.

Do you offer athletic scholarships?

No. As a Division III member, we are not permitted to grant athletic scholarships.

How many intercollegiate sports teams does Westminster have?

Westminster is nationally known for its excellence in intercollegiate athletics. The College is a member of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and has 20 male and female varsity athletic teams. Click here for the Titan Athletics website.

Does Westminster have intramural sports?

Yes. Westminster offers an extensive intramural sports program in which both students and faculty participate.