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Westminster College was opened as an all-male, Presbyterian academy called Fulton College by Reverend William W. Robertson in 1851. Steeped in history, Westminster has hosted notable speeches by Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and Harry Truman. The U.S. Congress even recognized the site of Winston Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain Speech" with a memorial on Westminster's 86-acre rural campus in Missouri's Callaway County. Positioned just 24 miles northeast of Jefferson City, Westminster College has been co-educational as a private, residential baccalaureate school since 1979. Endowed for $56.6 million, Westminster now serves 940 undergrad Blue Jays with supports like the Learning Differences Program. Launched in 2006, Westminster's Take a Friend Home Program has also been highly regarded for global engagement.

According to the U.S. News, Westminster College is the 149th best national liberal arts school and 154th top high school counselor pick. On Niche, Westminster stands as America's 79th best free application college and 93rd best Christian university. Forbes recognized Westminster as the 168th best U.S. liberal arts institution and 112th best Midwestern college. In Washington Monthly, Westminster College was crowned the 106th top liberal arts school for social mobility and service. Liberal Arts Colleges Guide selected Westminster among its "Top 20 Colleges with the Most Collaborative Academic Environments." Westminster was also declared the United States' 11th most affordable private university and 25th best college you can actually get into by MONEY.

Westminster College Accreditation Details

Reaffirmed in 2014 under President Benjamin Ola Akande, Westminster College holds 10-year regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA). Therefore, each of Westminster's 34 bachelor's majors in Fulton are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV eligibility and Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE). Other programmatic accreditations are received by:

• Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

• Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

• American Chemical Society (ACS)

Westminster College Application Requirements

Attending Westminster College will require passing the "selective" admission process with 64 percent of applicants. Freshmen with learning differences like dyslexia must still complete a high school diploma or GED equivalent with curricular prerequisites, including four units of English. Students who finished an International Baccalaureate with 28 or more points total will receive a year's worth of credits. AP exams scored 4 or 5 are also recognized. On average, Westminster Blue Jays achieve a secondary GPA of 3.61. Admitted undergrads submit a mean SAT score of 1120 and ACT score of 23. The LDP requires intelligence testing for a minimum FSIQ of 95 on the Wechsler Adult Scale-III or Scale-IV.

Undergrads at other regionally accredited colleges who are interested in Westminster's Learning Differences Program can transfer with 12+ non-remedial credits. At least 48 credits must be remaining towards the 122-credit bachelor's degree. Westminster prefers incoming transfers who've completed the foundational tier of academic writing, calculus, and scientific inquiry. Transfer articulation agreements are established with nearby partners like Grantham University, East Central College, and St. Charles Community College. The Missouri Reverse Transfer could help students with 15 credits earn an associate during their baccalaureate. International transfers on F-1 status need to show English proficiency with a minimum TOEFL pBT of 500 or IELTS of 5.5.

Westminster College has rolling admission with a final deadline of August 1st for Fall. First-time applicants must create an online account for accessing the Westminster Application or the Common Application. Extra materials may be forwarded by mail to 501 Westminster Avenue in Fulton, MO 65251 before the on-campus interview. Dyslexic students applying for the LDP shouldn't forget the following:

• Official secondary and university transcripts

• Typed personal essay of 250-500 words

• Guidance counselor or teacher recommendation

• Untimed ACT or SAT scores via the College Board

• Diagnostic statement, intelligence tests, and IEP

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergrads at Westminster College are charged $24,400 for tuition and $1,540 for mandatory fees each year. Living on the Fulton campus costs $5,300 for double-occupancy housing and $4,510 for meal plans annually. Westminster suggests budgeting $1,100 for textbooks and $3,660 for transportation or personal expenses. Total yearly cost of full-time attendance is $40,510 for on-campus and $35,470 for commuting undergrads. The LDP also bills students an extra $4,800 for the first year and $2,800 annually thereafter.

The NCES shows that 99 percent of full-time, undergrad Blue Jays obtain $15.9 million in financial assistance yearly for an average amount of $17,211 apiece. Westminster has institutional awards like the Churchill Scholarship, Leadership Award, G. Robert Muehlhauser Award of Excellence, Trustee's Scholarship, Columns Transfer Scholarship, and Triple S Scholarship. Filing the FAFSA by November 15th qualifies students for Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants. Show-Me State residents with an EFC below 12000 would earn the Access Missouri Grant. Active-duty military, veterans, and Army ROTC cadets qualify for Yellow Ribbon benefits. Westminster Work-Study (FWS) gigs pay biweekly for campus employment. Undergrads commonly fill funding gaps with Federal Perkins, Stafford, and PLUS loans too.

Services for Westminster Students with Dyslexia

Ranked #6 among Best Value Schools' colleges for dyslexic students, Westminster College has offered the Learning Differences Program (LDP) since the 1970s to support mainstream undergrads who are diagnosed with any neurodevelopmental conditions. Serving 5 percent of enrolled Blue Jays, the LDP provides one-on-one academic advising for even richer staff connections than the 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows. While earning any major from Economics to Religious Studies, LDP learners take supplemental courses that smoothen the college transition. Each freshman takes the Academic Survival Skills Workshop to learn the best methods for navigating college content. The Enrichment Program even has special statistics companion courses to help overcome the MAT 114 requirement.

Housed in the Tomnitz Family Learning Opportunities Center, the fee-based LDP program directed by Karen Tompson-Wolfe tailors supports to each student. Available ADA accommodations include class note-taking, audio textbooks, extended testing, dictation, and priority registration. Certified by the CRLA, the Peer Tutoring Program coordinates sessions via Moodle for quiet Reeves Library study rooms as well as the Math and Writing Labs. Cutting-edge technologies, including Livescribe Smartpens, InfoScan, Kurzweil 3000, and Intel Readers, are available. Emotional support is also given in the Wellness Center in Westminster Hall. For 40+ years, Westminster College has guided students with learning differences to success with detailed access plans and progress monitoring.