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Westminster College Makes 2016 College Honor Roll

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Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016

Out of 1,400 US colleges and universities, Westminster College was included as one of 301 schools to make ScholarMatch’s College Honor Roll. Every year ScholarMatch analyzes college data to determine which schools are offering excellent opportunities for low-income and first-generation students, and Westminster made the list of schools making a difference in these students lives.

By using public data from the US Federal Government and other public college data collection sites, ScholarMatch evaluated 1,400 schools in four main areas: financial aid, academic strength, student support services and post-graduate success – with specific consideration given to low-income students’ needs.

Only schools with strong scores made the College Honor Roll, and Westminster received a 3.3/4.0 overall rating. Noted for its strong academics, excellent faculty and individualized attention, Westminster scored high in categories for academics and post-grad affordability.

Westminster strives to provide a superior liberal arts education for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Cheryl Gerber, director of financial aid at Westminster College, says it is important for the college to understand the financial concerns of students and their families during the college search process.

“Westminster College creates financial aid award packages for students on an individual basis,” says Gerber. “It is important to us to find all the ways we can meet a student’s needs to ensure their success here at Westminster. It’s an honor to be recognized for doing so.”

As part of the Honor Roll, Westminster is listed as an institution that has been carefully screened and graded specifically to help low-income and first generation students find a school with a supportive environment and excellent post graduate outcomes.

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ScholarMatch is a San Francisco nonprofit organization founded by author Dave Eggers that makes college possible for low-income youth by providing free college counseling services.

For more information, contact Tom Fields at 724-946-7190 or