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Congratulations! You’re accepted! Here’s a step-by-step guide to everything that comes next from getting your official Westminster online account to your first day of classes.


Congratulations! You're in! The first leg of your Westminster Bound journey begins with the New Student Checklist

  Make your deposit

  Register for Accepted Students Days

  Activate your Westminster online account and email address

  Add your Westminster email to your phone or tablet

  Complete your Course Preference form

  Complete your Residence Life form

  Complete your Health forms

  Register for a Westminster Bound Event

Westminster Bound Days are exclusively for our incoming Class of 2025! We know navigating forms, assignments, finances and more can be challenging. That's why we created Westminster Bound events, which gather our experts together in one place for the sole purpose of assisting you! In one session, you can complete financial aid forms, adjust your course schedule, connect with a counselor, Wellness Center, or Disability Resource Office, and so much more (maybe even find a roommate)!"

This year, we will hold three in-person events on May 14, June 25, and July 12 and a virtual version of the event on July 19. Families typically only attend the event once. Registration opens on March 5.

Schedule of Events (On Campus)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Check-in | McKelvey Campus Center, 3rd floor
  • Business Office-Witherspoon Rooms
  • Financial Aid- Witherspoon Rooms
  • Library & IT Services Help Desk-Witherspoon Rooms
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Campus Resource Fair | The Quad
  • Academic Success Center
  • Athletics
  • Dining Services
  • Disability Resources
  • Parent Engagement
  • Public Safety and Parking
  • Residence Life
  • Transportation
  • TRIO Program
  • Wellness Center/Counseling
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Formal Program | Orr Auditorium, Patterson Hall

  • Welcome
  • Academic Schedules and Support
  • Your Billing and Financial Planning
  • Summer Checklist Assignments and New Student Orientation
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
You can visit a residence hall and see a model room in either Browne Hall Galbreath Hall, Russell Hall, or Shaw Hall. For tours, you will meet in the circle behind the McKelvey Campus Center.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Meet with a Faculty Advisor | Various Campus Locations

  • Arts and Humanities (Religion, Philosophy, History): Patterson Hall, Room 208
  • Arts and Humanities (English, Fine Arts): Patterson Hall, Room 210
  • Business: Witherspoon Rooms, McKelvey Campus Center
  • Communication: Mueller Theater, McKelvey Campus Center
  • Education: Witherspoon Rooms, McKelvey Campus Center
  • Exploratory/Undecided : Witherspoon Rooms, McKelvey Campus Center
  • Life and Health Sciences (Biology, Molecular Biology, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy): Hoyt Science Center, Room 166
  • Life and Health Sciences (Nursing): Hoyt Science Center, Room 150
  • Music: Patterson Hall, Room 51, Music Department
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Math): Hoyt Science Center, Room 101, Dietz-Sullivan Lecture Hall
  • Registrar’s Office: Witherspoon Rooms, McKelvey Campus Center
  • Social Sciences (Psychology, Neuroscience): Patterson Hall, Room 206
  • Social Sciences (Criminal Justice, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology): Patterson Hall, Room 205


Schedule of Events (Virtual)

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Course Registration and Academic Overview
  • Billing and Finances Overview
  • New Student Checklist and Orientation
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Athletics
  • Billing and Meal Plans
  • Financial Aid
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Course Schedules and Majors
  • Student Engagement and Public Safety
  • Student Support and Resources
  • Wellness
  • Information Technology Services

Add these items to your summer to-do list and make sure they are completed before your arrival on campus in August.

  Attend a Westminster Bound Event

We know navigating forms, assignments, finances and more can be challenging. That's why we created Westminster Bound events, which gather our experts together in one place for the sole purpose of assisting you! Meet with us to complete financial aid forms, adjust your course schedule, connect with a counselor, health center, or disability resource office, and so much more.

This year, we will hold three in-person events on May 14, June 25, and July 12 and a virtual version of the event on July 19. Families typically only attend the event once. Registration opens on March 5.

Schedule of Events

Billing and Finances Overview
New Student Checklist and Orientation
Breakout Sessions:
  • Athletics
  • Billing and Meal Plans
  • Financial Aid
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Course Schedules and Majors
  • Student Engagement
  • Public Safety
  • Academic Success Center
  • Disability Resources
  • Wellness Center
  • IT Services

  Receive Your Housing Assignment

Beginning on June 15 (June 1 for Early Decision students), housing information will be available on

Westminster is a four-year residential campus, which means all of our students live on campus in one of our residence halls. The residential experience at Westminster is unique and comprehensive. From the Resident Assistant on the floor, to the Residence Director of the building, to the Associate Dean, there is a group of people dedicated to your success. Everyone on the team is not only well trained, but excited and committed to helping you learn and grow in our residence halls.

A small percentage of our students commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian. If you have qualified for commuter status, please be sure to attend the commuter meetings during orientation to learn how you can make meaningful connections on campus.

  Complete Your Summer Reading Assignment

The class of 2024 is reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The book and a summer reading guide will be mailed to you on June 1.

Read this book! You’ll be asked to write an essay and submit it online to the D2L course environment before you come to campus for orientation. This summer reading book is a required text for Inquiry, our first year student seminar course. Inquiry provides an opportunity to understand what the Westminster academic experience is all about. For complete assignment details, please check out our First Year Program page.

  View Your Bill and Set Your Financial Plan

Your bill will be available via CASHNet through my.westminster beginning on July 1. It is important that you understand and have a plan for paying for the costs of your college education. Your bill includes tuition, room, board, and fees for student activities, orientation, and certain music courses.

Be aware that there are other expenses associated with college. Some examples are books and supplies, parking fees, laptops and technology, travel, clothing, entertainment, etc. Regardless of who is paying for college, you should come up with a reasonable budget and determine who will pay for which items in advance.

The Financial Information Guide, which is included with this guide, is a more detailed guide to help you understand your bill, financial aid, and other financial policies. This guide should be kept with important papers as a reference tool. The Financial Information Guide includes information on topics such as:

Financial Aid:

  • Types available and how to apply
  • Signing your financial aid documents
  • Frequently called numbers & websites
  • Working on campus

Billing & Payment Information:

  • Explanation of charges
  • Payment Terms & Conditions
  • How to view the electronic bill
  • Forms and methods of payment
  • Submitting a financial plan
  • Credit balance refunds
  • Financial holds
  • 1098-T tax forms
  • Important websites and contact numbers

  Receive Online Training About Important Issues

An interactive alcohol education and sexual violence prevention program will be available online July 15.

Check your Westminster email. This is an online alcohol and personal safety awareness education program required of all incoming students. These topics will be reiterated during Orientation and as part of Westminster 101, a class that all first year students take during their first semester.

  Pay Your Bill on or Before July 20

Payments on your account may be made online using CASHNet on my.westminster. You can pay by electronic check, credit/debit card, and/or certain 529 plans. An installment payment plan is also available through CASHNet. A 2.75% convenience fee applies to credit and debit card transactions only. The 529 fee is approximately $10 and there is no fee for electronic check payments. You can also stop by the cashier’s windows in the Business Office on the second floor of Old Main to pay by cash, money order, or personal check.

If your plans include taking loans or using the installment payment plan, those processes must be completed before your bill is due.

  Sign Up for a Parking Pass

If you bring a car to campus, you will need to purchase and display a current parking decal. The cost for a parking decal for the 2020-21 academic year is $100. To obtain a decal, complete the online parking pass form and upload a photo of your vehicle registration form in the New Student Checklist on my.westminster starting on July 15.

You will pick up your decal when you arrive for Orientation in August. Parking decals are not valid until received from the Titan Card office and affixed on the vehicle for which it is registered.
Note: If you are an athlete or band member who is arriving on campus a week or two prior to orientation, you can obtain your parking decal at the Titan Card Office on the 2nd floor of Old Main.

  Upload Your Photo to Your Titan Card

The Titan Card is your campus ID card and is used for entry to your residence hall, using your meal plan, and checking out resources from the library.

But before you can get a Titan Card, you have to upload an ID photo to the Student Link Platform. Early this summer, we'll email you instructions that tell you how to do it.

Once you're on campus, you'll also use the Student Link website to see the balance on your meal plan, add commuter meals, and add Dine Dollars to your card. More information about Student Link can be found in the Financial Information Guide.


  Pick Your Meal Plan

We have two food service venues on campus: the TUB Food Court and Galbreath Dining. Both facilities offer healthy options, snacks, carry out, and made-to-order items. Most dietary needs can be accommodated. For more information, please check out our Dietary Options page or email our Office of Disability Resources.

All first year, first semester meal plans feature a combination of cafeteria meals, commonly called “swipes,” and Dine Dollars. Swipes can be used at Galbreath Dining, which is a traditional all-you-can-eat cafeteria. Dine Dollars can be used at any venue. Including both options gives you the opportunity to experience the different dining options on campus to help you choose the plan that suits you best for future semesters. As a first year student, you will be assigned a default meal plan. However, during Orientation, you have the opportunity to change your plan if you wish.

Also, once the semester begins, you can keep track of your meal plan balance and add Dine Dollars via Student Link.

  Textbooks and the Campus Store

All textbooks online through the Campus Store website beginning July 20. To find your textbooks:

  • Go to
  • Select Textbooks from the menu at the top of the page
  • Select your courses from your schedule
  • View your course materials and select your preferred format
  • Check out

You will have the option to have the books shipped directly to the College for pickup, or to your home. Please note the Campus Store does not sell textbooks in the store, aside from the Inquiry Reader required for the first-year Inquiry course. However, we work directly with our faculty to ensure that textbooks are adopted and submitted to our bookseller partner (MBS Direct), so that there are many purchasing options available for you on their website, including purchasing new or used textbooks, renting them, or purchasing digital versions.

The Campus Store is located on the first floor of McKelvey Campus Center. The store offers a wide variety of apparel, decorative items, Westminster swag, gifts, supplies, snacks, and more. They also have a T2G trailer at home football games selling special merchandise that is not offered in the Campus Store.

  Connect With Your Roommate

Not sure how? Here are a few suggestions:

  • If you can, we suggest meeting in person. However if distance (or a global pandemic) prohibits, we recommend a phone call or Facetime/Skype so you can get to know your roommate beyond their social media pages and text messages.

  • Talk about logistics with your roommate. It is easy to get a conversation going if you kick it off with who is bringing the TV and who is bringing the microwave.

  • Think about what you want out of a roommate relationship. Not all roommates are besties, and that’s okay! The best roommates are respectful and open to new experiences.

  • Make a list of your expectations about living with someone new. Think about what on that list is negotiable and where you can be flexible. The best roommate pairs work together to compromise and find what works for them.

  • Get excited! From making shopping lists to packing up the night before, it’s easy to get lost in the details. Take time to enjoy the experience, and get ready for all of the adventures ahead of you!

  Pack the Essentials

Your room comes equipped with a bed, a desk and chair, storage space, curtains, and a wastebasket. You may have thought already about the stuff you want to bring to make your new room YOURS (bedding, pictures, posters, etc.), but there a few things you can't do without:
  • Sheets (twin extra-long)
  • Pillow
  • Study lamp
  • Towels
  • Small trash bags
  • Fans
  • Umbrella
  • Bath bucket or shower caddy for soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
  • Laundry products (washers require high efficiency detergent)
  • Laptop (See Get Tech Savvy)

Consider bringing these optional items:

  • Microwave* (UL-approved, 1100 watts maximum)
  • Refrigerator (UL-approved, 4.3 cubic feet maximum)
  • Keurig style coffee maker
  • Plates, bowls, cups, silverware
  • Memory foam mattress topper (XL twin length)
  • Comfy chair (i. e., beanbag, papasan)
  • Area rug (not larger than 10'x10')
  • Full-length mirror
  • Television (must be a model with a digital QAM tuner)
  • Television stand (wall mounting is prohibited)
  • Cable cord (RG6 low loss black coaxial, 12-24 ft.)
  • Streaming media device (Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, and Roku are supported)
  • Computer printer
  • Gaming systems (PlayStation, XBox, Wii)
  • Small vacuum cleaner or Swiffer-type sweeper for tile floors
  • Small aquarium for freshwater fish


  • Candles and incense (including candles with wicks removed)
  • Non-LED string lights, halogen lights
  • Open element appliances (i.e., toasters, toaster ovens, George Foreman Grills, traditional coffee makers)
  • Pets (except for fresh water fish)
  • Air conditioners
  • Curtains or window dressings
  • Personal networking devices, such as wireless routers
  • Chromecast streaming devices (they are not compatible with our wi-fi network)
  • Firearms, ammunition, weapons, fireworks, gasoline, flammable materials, and motor vehicles in the halls

  Get Tech Savvy

When it comes to laptops, there are a lot of different options out there. If you are in the market for a new laptop, we recommend either of the following two models, based on their durability, processing speed, and size/weight. (NOTE: we always recommend at least a 3-year warranty. Your laptop will go through a lot during the next four years. If the unthinkable happens, you want to be able to replace it quickly and without spending a lot of money.)


4 inch screen 11th generation Intel Core i7-1185G7
4 core, 12M Cache base, 3.0 Ghz to 4.8 Ghz
512 GB Solid State Drive
3-year ProSupport warranty

13 inch screen Apple M1 chip 8-core CPU
8-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine
512 GB Solid State Drive
3-year Applecare protection

We mean no offense to Google, but Chromebooks do not work well for Westminster students. We do not use Google classroom and many of our faculty members teach students how to use software that cannot be installed on Chromebooks because they don't have enough storage space.


Office 365:

During your time at Westminster, you can download and use the entire Office 365 suite FOR FREE on multiple devices. Follow the ‘Office 365’ links on my.westminster to download the software. Even if you are a Mac user, you’ll want to take advantage of this deal because D2L, our online course system, can’t read .pages files.

Anti-virus and malware protection:

To protect yourself against computer viruses and phishing schemes, it is essential your computer has updated antivirus software and malware protection. Any anti-virus program will do, but we particularly like Symantec and McAfee. For malware protection, we like Malwarebytes, which is available FOR FREE from (or if you have a Mac).


Our secure wireless network supports most current computers, phones, tablets, Smart TVs, streaming devices, and gaming systems. However, hard-wired internet connections are not available in the residence halls.

The Orientation experience occurs the weekend before the Fall Semester begins. This year, the dates are August 27-29. We want you to have the best possible start to your collegiate career, which is why Orientation is required of all first year students. Transfer students should consider participating as well. A detailed orientation schedule will be posted here on August 1, but here’s an overview of how it works.

  New Student Orientation Schedule

  Move-in Day

Move-in is the opening piece of our Orientation schedule, so it moves very quickly and is jammed packed with sessions and activities. Families are invited to participate through Opening Convocation which is the College's official welcome of the first year class. The ceremony is followed by a quick family farewell before we whisk you off to your first session. While we know this is an emotional time, we have confidence in you to be able to move smoothly into this next phase of your college experience. A family orientation session will be offered for those who were unable to attend a Westminster Bound event.

  Early Arrivals (Fall Athletes & Musicians)

Early arrivals, including fall athletes (cross country, football, soccer, and volleyball), marching band, and cheerleaders, will arrive on campus prior to the published move-in day. If you are participating in one of these programs, you will be contacted by your coach or advisor with specific details.

  The First Weekend

Orientation is a fun-filled time where you will meet your classmates, academic advisors, and campus leaders. You will attend sessions that will help you learn your way around campus – literally and figuratively. You’ll meet staff from many campus offices, learn the fight song and alma mater, and attend social events sponsored by Student Government Association and Campus Programming Council.

You will be assigned an academic advisor within your major (or to help you figure out what your major might be). This is a dedicated faculty member who will assist with scheduling and ensuring progress toward graduation. During Orientation, this faculty member can discuss changes you may need to make to your schedule. You can also stop by the Registrar’s Office with any questions you have about your schedule.

Orientation leaders (OLs) and resident assistants (RAs) are teams of students trained specifically to support you in your transition to college. The OLs will assist you through the orientation schedule, helping you make meaningful connections with other Westminster students. RAs are upperclass student leaders assigned to each floor and are trained to assist with a wide variety of student needs.

  Your New Address

Every student is assigned a campus mailbox which stays the same during your college years. Your mailbox address, which family and friends (and Amazon!) may send mail to, can be sent in the following format:

You can find your campus box number on by logging in and clicking “Housing: Roomate Information”.

When classes begin on Monday, August 31, you'll have learned a lot about the campus, met some of the staff, and forged many new friendships. Now it's time to really concentrate on understanding Westminster's academic year and making sure you are positioning yourself for success.

Academic Year at a Glance

  Midterm and Holiday Breaks

While the high school academic year and the college academic year are similar in some respects, there are significant differences.

There are scheduled breaks throughout the academic year for which you will be expected to return home. It might be helpful to know that Westminster holds classes on Labor Day. Residence halls are closed for fall midterm break, Thanksgiving, winter, spring break, and Easter break.

However, with the exception of these scheduled breaks, you are expected to attend every class session. Missing multiple classes for any reason can have a negative impact on your grade.

Athletes who are in season during breaks will stay on campus with their teams. Your coach will be able to provide more information.

Transportation Tip: Transportation to the airport and Greyhound bus station is available during breaks. Reservations can be made online or in Student Affairs and email reminders will be sent to students prior to each break.

  Midterm Grades

About halfway through your first semester at Westminster College, you will receive midterm grades from your faculty. While these grades do not appear on your official transcript or affect your grade point average in any way, they are an important measure of your academic success. You can expect to meet with your classroom faculty or your faculty advisor to review your midterm grades.

  Academic Advising and Registration for the Next Semester

In October and March, the Online Registration Schedule for the upcoming semester is published, and registration begins a few weeks later. With the publication of the registration schedule, the Academic Advising period begins.

Faculty advisors in each major area arrange advising appointments differently, so keep in touch with your faculty advisor as the Academic Advising period approaches, around the middle of each semester.

When the Registration Period opens, each class is assigned a Registration Day, and every student is expected to register for the next semester on their assigned day. Don’t miss your Registration Day! Many course sections fill quickly and you don’t want to be left scrambling to get the courses you want.

  Final Exams

At the end of each Fall and Spring Semester there is a designated four-day Final Exam Period. There is a special Final Exam Schedule that indicates the day and time of the final exam for each of your courses, as your final exams are scheduled separately from your regular class meeting times. A few days after the end of the Final Exam Period, faculty will record final course grades for the semester.

  Academic Calendar

  Tips for a Successful First Year

Students choose different paths to academic success and campus involvement—and even their definition of what success is may vary. Regardless of time, path chosen, and goals for success that are set, Westminster’s faculty and staff know that there are universal behaviors that will help every student move closer to success in all aspects of student life.

Show up

One of the obvious differences between high school and college is that you have more choice and autonomy at Westminster than you did in high school. With autonomy comes responsibility. Sure, it would be easy to silence an alarm clock, play video games, or spend the day in Pittsburgh rather than go to class. Most Westminster courses meet two or three times each week, so missing even one class can significantly hamper your success. Absences also can affect student-athletes’ ability to practice or compete with their teams.

Westminster’s faculty members notice when their students are absent because most of our courses have 25 or fewer students in them. We will get to know you well, and we expect you to show up for classes, labs, rehearsals, and appointments. We also expect that for every hour you spend with us in class, you will spend another two hours studying and preparing for the next class or assignment. College is a lot of work (it is your full-time job!) and being present is important.

Speak up

Merely being present is not enough. Your faculty expect you to be prepared for each class by reading materials and working on assignments ahead of time. In class, we expect you to be active, engaged learners who share your knowledge, experience, and insights. Sitting quietly at your desk and never contributing to class discussions deprives us of your perspective. Similarly, being present but holding side conversations, using electronic devices for purposes unrelated to the course, or catching up on missed sleep is discourteous to your faculty and fellow students. Every time you come to a class, lab, or studio, be prepared and ready to learn. If you have an opinion, share it. If you have an answer, give it. We want to hear from you.

Ask early

Faculty and administrators often find students wait too long to ask for help. The request comes just before a big exam, or after a number of poor grades. In some cases, students say they didn’t realize they were having problems until too late; in other cases, students suggest they didn’t know who to ask for help.

Westminster faculty members will evaluate your progress in courses through exams and quizzes, lab reports, rehearsals and performances, and so on. Many of them post your grades on our learning management system (D2L), so you will know your grades throughout the semester. Even if your professors do not use D2L, you can always ask them to let you know how you are performing in their courses. You do not need to guess at how you’re doing; your faculty will tell you exactly how you’re doing.

But don’t wait until an exam to visit your professors. Instead, visit each professor during the first week to introduce yourself, ask questions about things in the course that you don’t understand, and hear advice for succeeding in her/his course. Every faculty member sets aside time to meet with students (called “office hours”) each and every week of the semester. This is the ideal time for you to visit with your professors to learn how you are doing in their courses; to discuss strategies for improving; and to ask questions that were not addressed in class or textbooks.

In addition to the faculty teaching your courses, you have a dedicated faculty member who serves as your academic advisor. Advisors help you plan and register for your courses, but they can also help you find the resources you need to succeed. Those resources include the Academic Success Center, the Disabilities Resource Office, and the Professional Development Center. You should stay in touch with your advisor, especially if you are struggling in your courses.

Own up

When students have trouble in their courses, they sometimes think the professor does not like them, is disappointed in them, or that other factors are preventing their success. However, we often find that the reasons students struggle (or the solutions to their problems) are within their control. For example, they may be studying in ineffective ways, or not managing their time wisely. A part of succeeding academically is taking ownership of your education and making choices that help you meet your goals. If your grades suffer because you are staying up late to peruse social media rather than to study, then you can change your behavior to bring about a better outcome. Blaming others for not succeeding is easy, but it doesn’t lead to success.

Get involved

Westminster students are well-known for being incredibly active and engaged in the life of the campus—from student organizations to music ensembles to athletics to study abroad and more, students stay busy. Take advantage of the many lectures, performances, sports and cultural events offered on and off campus. Because engaged students are far more likely to manage time effectively, earn good grades, and persist at higher rates, we recommend you try out at least one organization or activity in your first semester. You must learn to balance out of class activity with academics—an important life skill. Your goal at Westminster is to earn your academic degree, and that is where your primary focus should be.

Take care of your health

It is important you plan for your physical and mental health care needs while attending college. No one plans to become ill, but if it happens, know that our Student Wellness Center is available for you. Being prepared and becoming familiar with the services available can help you manage illness much easier when it occurs.

Represent well

Westminster College was founded in 1852, and we are proud of our history. We are pleased that you have decided to join a community of scholars and alumni who care about your personal and intellectual development. You are a Titan, and we expect you to represent the College professionally and positively in all that you do. We want you to enjoy your time at Westminster, but also to appreciate that decisions you make today could have lasting consequences on your future careers—especially in the practically permanent life of the internet and social media.

Campus Resources

  Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center, located in Thompson-Clark, is open for all Westminster students. If you need someone to help you with concepts in a particular course or need help writing a paper, our exceptional peer tutors are available to help you in every subject from biology to Spanish. Or maybe you would just like to talk to students who have “been there, done that” with a course or an assignment and who can share how they improved their time management and study skills. Whatever it is, the Academic Success Center is here to help you succeed.

For more information, please visit our Academic Success Center page.

  Disability Services

The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to ensure that all students at Westminster participate in a useable, equitable, inclusive, and rigorous learning environment. Some students want to start college with a “clean slate” and to attempt college without accommodation or support. This may work for some students while others stumble. If you have received academic accommodation in the past and find yourself needing similar assistance, you should seek out the Office of Disability Resources. There someone can talk with you to help identify the appropriate campus resources and accommodations. Students with medical, academic or housing issues can find information at the Office of Disability Services.

For more information, please visit our Disability Services page.

  Diversity & Inclusion

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion serves a variety of functions at Westminster College. Its main purpose is to advance diversity and promote a positive climate for differences of race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, religion and age on campus and in the community. Among its priorities are the recruitment, retention, and success of students of diverse cultures, religion and racial backgrounds. The diversity director’s goal is to prepare students to become effective leaders and productive citizens in the culturally diverse 21st century. With student input, the staff offers activities and experiences that nurture respect for the dignity of all human beings, and a tolerance and appreciation for individual differences.

For more information, please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page.

  Faith & Spirituality

The Office of Faith & Spirituality provides resources for members of the campus community to develop and grow in their own faith journey. This includes delivering weekly non-denominational worship services and a Catholic Mass on campus; providing a detailed listing of places to worship for most religious traditions in the area; organizing opportunities to participate in local and international volunteer opportunities; and maintaining the most up-to-date schedules of campus fellowship organizations and small groups for students to join.

For more information, please visit our Office of Faith & Spirituality page.

  Information Technology Services (ITS)

Even before you arrive on campus, ITS is here to help you with any tech questions or issues. Whether you are looking for laptop recommendations or you need help connecting to the wifi, we've got you covered. Email us at, stop by our physical Help Desk in McGill Library, or-if you are the DIY-type-you can check out our online guides on (look for the word Help in the top menu).

  McGill Library

Ralph McGill Memorial Library is more than just books. The library is home to traditional and digital resources and the people who will help you navigate and understand them. The Library supports student learning in a multitude of ways, including individual research consultations and collaborative study spaces, such as our new tech friendly space – the Hub. All first-year students receive an introduction to Library resources as part of the Inquiry course, and discipline-specific instruction is incorporated into many other lower- and upper-level courses. More information about library services and resources can be found at

  Professional Development Center

You may have confidently selected a major or you may have no idea at all. Did you know an average college student changes majors three times during their college career and 80% change their major at least one time? The first year is often one of exploration and many students choose or change their majors. The Professional Development Center offers counseling and assessments to help match your interests and abilities to an academic major that is a good fit.

Additionally, you will meet the Professional Development Center staff in your Westminster 101 class where they will introduce you to important resume building strategies.

For more information, please visit our Professional Development Center page.

  Safety & Security Services

The Westminster College Department of Public Safety provides safety and security services to the campus community 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year. The Public Safety Department is made up of two full-time and 16 part-time members, the majority of whom are retired from public emergency service agencies, primarily state and municipal police. Public Safety officers have a wide range of training and experience in resolving safety and security issues and emergencies. Help is always just a call away.

For more information, please visit our Public Safety Office page.

  Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is an integrated health care facility that provides general health services for illnesses and accidents, short term mental health counseling services, and wellness promotion for the students of Westminster. Clinical services are available for undergraduate students who pay the student activity fee.

Registered nurses provide assessment and consultation and a college physician or physician assistant holds daily clinic hours to treat acute illness and injuries. Westminster College strongly encourages all students to carry individual health insurance and to become familiar with their coverage. While most services at the Wellness Center are covered by the student activity fee, diagnostic testing and referral to outside community providers will require the use of individual health insurance.

Short term counseling services are free of charge; licensed and certified counselors address a wide range of mental health issues and provide referrals to services off campus. Appointments can be arranged by directly emailing the counselors or through the Wellness Center.

If you currently receive psychiatric services, we recommend that you locate a psychiatrist in the area PRIOR to matriculation for prescription needs, since waiting periods for a first appointment with local providers are no less than three months. For medications that do not require a psychiatrist prescription, a Wellness Center physician may be able to meet those needs. Please note that our campus physicians do not prescribe for ADD/ADHD. If you currently receive counseling services, and would like to meet with a campus counselor, please be sure to provide a release form from your provider.

For more information, please visit our Wellness Center page.

Our Office of Parent Engagement provides resources for parents and family members while their Titan is making their home away from home at Westminster College. Our goal is to answer questions, provide helpful resources, and keep parents and families up to date about campus happenings.

For more information about Parent Engagement, please visit our Parent Resources page.

  Family Events

Our doors are always open to families who return to campus to visit! Parents and families are encouraged to remain connected to campus life by attending athletic events; music, theater, and Celebrity Series performances; Vespers services; Family Day activities; all-campus academic lectures; and special events planned by our Director of Parent Engagement.

Keep up with campus events using our Arts & Culture Calendar and the Titan Athletics page.

  Parent Questions

Parents may have questions. We strongly encourage you to transfer responsibility to your student to ask those questions. They know the offices and the people who can provide answers. However, we also know what it is like to be the parent waiting and waiting for our child to get this done! In those moments, please contact Student Affairs at (724) 946-7110 during business hours. During breaks or when the college is closed, please contact Public Safety at (724) 946-7777.

  Family Resources

  Campus Contacts

For a complete description of the different divisions that make up the College and a contact list, please visit our Parent Resources page.