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Weekly News Briefing: Housing requirements, transfer students, tuition increase

Ben Stover, a senior at Westminster College, going into his residence hall on Nov. 8. Residential living is portrayed in modern movies to only take place during a student’s first year. However, Westminster enforces two-year residential living to help with students’ academics and access to campus resources. (Liz Dobbins)

The Weekly Briefing gives a small look into the stories The Forum has covered in the past week. This week, we covered the campus housing requirement, a look into the tuition increase and learned about an alum who was inspired to work in a small community.

Campus housing requirement

Westminster College eliminated exemption options for first- and second-year students by re-enforcing its two-year residential living policy at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

Westminster’s policy comes from outside research done by administration, and has proven to be beneficial for students in practice. However, some students say there are still areas that need to be improved — like offering more scholarships or providing lower-cost living options to considering overlapping identities. Read the full story here.

Inside the life of a transfer student

Deciding what to eat for breakfast can be hard and deciding to transfer schools can be even harder. What are some of the reasons people choose to change schools? Jack Herrick, a senior business major transferred to Westminster in 2017 during his sophomore year of college.

In this episode of Westminster Stories, Jack talks about his transfer process and why he’s ultimately glad to be a Griffin. Read the full story here.

Administration announces tuition increase

Students can expect a hike in tuition with a $3,000 increase for the 2020-21 academic year, according to an announcement released from the Westminster College administration Thursday. 

Tuition costs will rise from $34,984 to $37,960 a year, which is roughly an 8.5% increase for both current and incoming students. Read the full story here.

Dance team captain creates community for dancers

Dance has been a way of life for Ashlyn Talcott, a Westminster College junior studying business management, for as long as she can remember. 

She said the dance team has become an important source of community for her since coming to Westminster and now Talcott is fostering that source of community as team captain. Read the full story here.

Westminster alum inspired to work at small community

While spending some of her education in the public school system and some in the private school system, Angela Crossman found herself loving the idea of a small community.

She fell in love with the small community with high education at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. Now, Crossman has taught at this small private elementary for 26 years and still smiles at the thought of her students learning more she said. Read the full story here.

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