Hi Westminster Admissions’ Office —
I know your office is actively pursuing new students for the college. As a parent of a 2015 graduate I’d like to give you a testimonial for use as you see appropriate.
As my son looked at various colleges a few of the most important issues for us as parents was (a) affordability, (b) class size and (c) job placement. From my son’s perspective important issues were (a) ability to play soccer, (b) location distant from parents and (c) ability to snowboard. Not unusual that parents and high school senior have diverse interests but over time we enjoyed watching the diverse interests come together for mutual benefit.
Coming from NJ most of my son’s classmates went to large universities where there are many students vying for leadership positions. In my son’s first year at Westminster he had the opportunity to join clubs, befriend the leaders and learn the ropes to become a leader. Our son knew no one at Westminster but he was ready for a new challenge. On the campus two weeks before the rest of the freshman due to soccer pre-season he became tight with the team. The freshman orientation program gave him the ability to meet all the freshman — so familiarity was built in by WC prior to classes starting. We all liked the single sex dorms and through his 4 years it didn’t seem to be a problem with the separation. Early in his freshman year he changed his major based on input from fellow soccer players. That input has been so valuable I can’t put words to the positive influences of other players/students.
The four years flew and we found ourselves at graduation. After the beautiful ceremony where the President remarked “this is the most important day of the year at Westminster” my son couldn’t wait to introduce us to WC board members and his accounting professor/mentor. These distinguished people KNEW my son — knew how he did in school, knew his goals, knew his personality, knew his potential. As a parent I was proud he had made these connections and he was proud of how these connections were helping him and would help him in the future.
Through the four years as my son communicated with his friends at large universities, he learned how many didn’t attend class, how many didn’t know the teachers, how many didn’t have leadership positions or even join clubs he realized his choice of Westminster was the right choice. He liked knowing the professors knew whether he was in class, he liked knowing his professors had interests outside of teaching, he held several leadership positions and he departed Westminster feeling he could take on the world.
While Westminster is a small school and not well known in our part of the U.S., my son has started his job feeling confident in his knowledge and prove himself as good as any candidate from a “big name” school. We hope future candidates and their parents look at Westminster not for its size but for its ability to transform teenagers into educated, thoughtful, prepared adults.
Thank you Westminster.
Sharon J. Bishop
Our exceptional, and we mean exceptional, liberal arts faculty is dedicated to making these four years meaningful, memorable and life changing. They are eager to meet you, and believe in teaching you how to learn. These critical thinking skills will travel with you wherever you go after graduation — ready to succeed in your own unique way.