Celebrating Record Enrollment 

9/3/2010 
Campus News 

Tiffany Fanter '14 during Columns CeremonyWestminster is on the rise as both students and national educational authorities recognize the quality of its educational programs and the value the school offers.

The College began classes with a 1,150 member student body—up from last year’s 1087.  This represents the 10th straight year
of record enrollment for the school.

Westminster also welcomed the largest freshman class in Westminster history—
322 freshman—and for the second year in a row maintained a freshman wait list.

“Students are attracted to our high quality educational programs at Westminster and confident that they will get the best value for their money,” says George Wolf, Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Services at Westminster.  “”Our mission to develop leaders in a global community is resonating with student and parents alike as they look at Westminster.  They find our academic, athletic and student life programs appealing and successful.”

Wolf emphasizes that major recognitions from all national organizations that rank colleges and universities is helping to spread the good news about what an attractive education choice Westminster is.

“The list of national recognitions for Westminster keeps growing from all the major sources students and parents examine, drawing people to our campus from all over the country and validating the quality experience found here,” says Wolf.

Within the last month US News& World Report moved Westminster to its top tier of rankings and rated the College 166th out of all Liberal Arts Colleges in America.  Forbes magazine selected Westminster as the Best Liberal Arts College in Missouri and 71st among all American Liberal Arts Colleges.  In a comparison of all of America’s colleges and universities, Forbes picked Westminster as 112th in the nation.  The Princeton Review named Westminster one of the Best Colleges and Universities in the Midwest.  Washington Monthly designated Westminster the 101st Best Liberal Arts College in America.

Wolf points out how effective Westminster is in helping students afford the quality education The College offers.

“We have intentionally kept tuition reasonable so all families can send their sons and daughters to Westminster,” says Wolf.  “We are very reasonable when placed side by side with other schools in a national comparison.”

At an economic time when some private colleges are struggling, Westminster is on the rise, adding new resources such as the new top-of-line Westminster Grove townhouse living option and expanding new educational offerings such as becoming one of the first colleges in the nation to offer students transnational studies.  Transnational studies focuses on issues that transcend national borders, teaching students about a wide range of global issues and developing their competency to find interdisciplinary and flexible solutions to complex global problems.

Students are also attracted to Westminster because of the diverse nature of the college community.  Westminster brings together students from 67 different countries and has been recognized by US News & World Report as 4th among American liberal arts colleges in its proportion of international students.

Satisfaction once students reach Westminster is a major factor in keeping student retention high.  The National Survey of Student Engagement places both seniors and first year students in the top ten percent of a comparison of active and collaborative learning in America’s colleges and universities. 

“Our academic profile of an already strong student body gets better every year,” says Wolf.

Wolf says the College plans to stop allowing any more students on campus when the number 1,200 is reached so professors and advisors can focus on the quality and individual attention that Westminster is known to provide.