Westminster College is a well-regarded private liberal arts institution in Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital. The only chartered liberal arts college in the state, it offers more than 50 courses, four-fifths of which are for undergraduates.
Westminster constantly site in the top tier of regional universities in the West. It has been praised for its value, career preparation and community relations in particular. Westminster’s impressive 9:1 student-staff ratio is just half the national average, and its class sizes are also relatively low, averaging 17.
The college’s Gore School of Business, Aviation and Entrepreneurship operates a flight operations centre at Salt Lake International Airport, which primarily runs passenger flights to destinations in the US, Canada and Mexico but also flies a small number of European routes.
Salt Lake, as many residents call the city, is comfortably the largest in Utah, and surrounded by lakes, mountains and canyons, providing all kinds of outdoor excursion opportunities. It is a co-host of the annual Sundance Film Festival. Its National Basketball Association team, the Utah Jazz, opted against changing its name, which dates back to when the franchise was based in New Orleans, Louisiana, the birthplace of the music genre. Around a third of Westminster students live on Westminster’s small tree-lined campus, close to the city centre.
The university’s alumni include eminent molecular biologist Richard D. Wood, whose work has largely centred on DNA damage and mutation, composer and pianist Geoff Straddling, and Kaitlyn Farrington, a snowboarding gold medallist for the US at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. A tenth of the country’s Sochi contingent studied at Westminster, and Salt Lake itself hosted the 2002 games