Located 25 miles from Columbia in Fulton, Missouri, Westminster College is dedicated to teaching their students about integrity, fairness, and respect, in the hopes of preparing their students to become leaders in their careers. Westminster combines historical sites such as the National Churchill Museum and the Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury, with contemporary buildings to give the campus a beautiful and unique landscape.
The Faculty at Westminster College is committed to inspiring students and fostering a global community. With over 36 majors such as Accounting and Anthropology, and 34 minors, students can explore a variety of topics and ultimately choose which major is right for them.
In 1851, Reverend William W. Robertson and the Presbyterian Church formed Westminster College. It was an all-male school all the way up to 1979 when it allowed female students to attend.
Many notable figures have spoken at Westminster College due to their lecture series, which was formed in 1936; among them have been former presidents Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Harry S. Truman. Winston Churchill gave his famous speech “Sinews of Peace” on campus in May of 1946.
Noting that college is a huge step in a student’s life and can often times feel daunting and overwhelming, freshmen students at Westminster College are assigned three mentors. Two of these mentors are students while one is a faculty member. It is the job of the mentors to advise their assigned freshmen throughout their four-years at Westminster College.
Students living on campus can choose from apartments, dormitories, themed houses and townhouses to live in. Housing is based on not only seniority but G.P.A. as well. While on campus, there are numerous clubs and organizations to join. Among others, students can choose between a dance team, an anime club, or a badminton club. They also have a very active Greek Life with 9 fraternities and sororities on campus.
There are numerous traditions and experiences unique to Westminster College. Global community is a big part of a student’s education. Therefore, the college takes it one step further by offering a study abroad option, as well as a program called, “Take a Friend Home” as a part of the college’s global outreach. Through the program, international students are paired up with an American student. These students travel together throughout the summer, showing each other their homes and culture. Once the students return to college in the fall, they share their experiences and their new perspectives of the world.
Many exceptional athletes such as Henry “Hank” Iba and Tom Botts have been Westminster Blue Jays. With numerous Division III sports, students can compete in sports such as basketball, baseball, and football and possibly go on to careers in professional sports. There is not just one athletic team that excels at Westminster. Both men and women’s basketball teams have been very successful in the past few years. In 2012, the men’s team earned its second conference championship in the past three years. In the same year the women’s team set the record for the most wins in a regular season when they won 22 of their games. The women Blue Jays won their conference championship and advanced to the Division III tournaments for the first time in 20 years.
The men’s soccer and tennis team have also clinched conference titles through the years, and have gone on to play in the Division III tournaments. Currently the tennis team has won 11 out of 12 conference championships from 2006-2011.
Westminster College’s total cost is just under $30,000 a year to attend. Awarding more than eight million dollars in financial aid, Westminster College is affordable to students wishing to attend. Working closely with students and families, the financial aid department is able to help students find scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance their education.