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5 College Freshman

Academics: Westminster takes education seriously, and that makes it easier for students to focus on their work.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have had great experiences with academics. Even my entry level classes are small, and the professors really care about their students. The workload is manageable, but difficult. Part of that is because I am in the honors program and have chosen to challenge myself academically.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It really depends on what classes you take, but my experience has been good. Sometimes I wish professors would be better at not scheduling all the work at the same time

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many classes offered at the school. There are always advertisements for study abroad programs which I think is so amazing! The registration process is so easy and the registrars are very helpful. The workload can be very intense, but that's college! If it's not challenging then you know that something is wrong. I've learned a lot so far. Professors and very helpful and attentive to students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have a part time job so my studies must fit into my schedule. The school works with adult students and tries to accommodate work demands, which is one reason I choose this school.

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Since Westminster College is a teaching school, the teachers come to the College to learn from the students, in addition to having a role in the students' education. The atmosphere in most classrooms is laid-back, a seminar type of learning. If a student is not willing to contribute to discussion, then this style of learning and classroom setting could be very uncomfortable for him or her.

While some professors are obviously more well-liked than others, there is a good variety of professors. While there are not as many opportunities for large-scale research, there are definite advantages to going to a smaller teaching school, including more personal attention, better relationships with professors, and more opportunities to get involved!

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
145
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
249
Total FT Faculty
145
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,500
Full-Time Retention Rate
78%
Part-Time Retention Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
57%
Programs/Majors Offered
59
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 58%
  • 20 to 49 students: 42%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
  • The School of Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Nursing and Health Services
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other: 5%
  • Foundations of Education: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
There are not too many online courses offered at Westminster.
Best Places to Study
  • The library is a great place to study, but sometimes it gets busy in there.
  • The third floor of HWAC (Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center) in the nurses' study area is always quiet!
Tips to Succeed
  • Even if you do not believe it, your professors want to get to know you and for you to feel comfortable talking with them. Go to their office hours when you have a question-do not just stay confused. It will show you are serious about what you are learning and get you on good terms with your professors.
  • Westminster is what you make of it. It can either be awesome or not-it's all about you.
Did You Know?
Westminster is a teaching college, meaning that students are more involved in their own learning process. The professors are more here to teach the students compared to larger universities and state schools where research is emphasized.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 63 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 25 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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