Westminster University Welcomes Undocumented and DACA-mented Students

The university is a place where students can thrive, innovate, and lead, regardless of citizenship status.


Applying to Westminster

Yes, Westminster University is committed to supporting all students and their learning. Our goal is to ensure that all of our students know that they are valued members of the university community.

No, you can leave that part of the application blank.

Application steps and important dates are available on the Undergraduate Admissions webpage.

Consider applying to Westminster's First Scholars program, an academic program for low-income and/or traditionally underrepresented first-generation students that provides community, mentorship, and scholarships.

 

Paying for College

Yes, when you apply for admission to the university, you will be considered for merit scholarships for either first-year or transfer students, depending on your situation. More information about Westminster scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

Even though you are not an international student, some of the information on our International Student Financial Aid webpage may be helpful to review, too.

Yes, you'll likely need to complete a CSS profile. This is an application that asks for financial information so that we can determine a student’s need and eligibility for institutional grant funding.

Immigrants Rising also has a list of scholarships and fellowships that don’t require proof of U.S. citizenship.

No, not at this time. The FAFSA will not allow a student to submit an application without a SSN.

As a safe haven, Westminster University is committed to doing the following:

  • We will not share private information about our students, faculty, or staff to anyone, unless authorized by the student or required by court order or subpoena.
  • We will not voluntarily assist in any efforts by the federal government to deport our students, faculty, or staff solely because of their citizenship status, unless required by court order or subpoena.
  • We will continue to admit students consistent with our nondiscrimination policies so that undocumented students will be considered for admission under the same criteria as U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • We will stay abreast of potential policy changes or legislative efforts and actively share such information and guidance as it becomes available.
  • We will encourage alums and campus friends who share our commitment to make their expertise in counseling services or immigration law available to Westminster students, donating time to provide pro-bono services.
  • We will strengthen our campus ties to community partners that can assist in accessing resources for undocumented students in our community.
  • We will encourage the sharing of knowledge and dialogue that embraces the diverse experiences of our community members and find opportunities to facilitate conversations.
  • We will not tolerate hate crimes and are committed to fully investigate any such reported conduct.

 

At Westminster University

As an admitted and enrolled student, you have access to many of the resources listed on the Student Life webpage. Here are a few important ones:

  • Student Health Services offers quick, convenient, and affordable access to medical care provided by a family nurse practitioner who can diagnose and treat common health problems. Student Health Services offers services for well and sick visits, prescriptions, and sexual health, as well as certain immunizations, procedures, and testing. All you need is your student ID to access care.
  • Counseling Center assists students in clarifying and accomplishing personal and academic goals and offers individual counseling, group counseling, support groups, referral services, and programming.
  • Purple Basket provides access to free, sustainable, and ethically sourced foods as well as hygiene and basic household items.
  • Student Disability Services ensures students with physical, learning, and psychiatric disabilities have equal access to academics, services, and physical spaces on campus.
  • Associated Students of Westminster Opportunity Funds provides help with conference attendance, research, professional meetings, or engagement in service.

VIEW RESOURCES

Students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are eligible to work on campus.

Associated Students of Westminster has scholarship positions that are not citizenship-dependent (e.g., President, VP of Internal Affairs, VP of Campus Affairs, VP of Government Affairs, Director of Marketing, Director of Programming, Director of Budgeting).

College is better when you’re involved with activities and events outside of the classroom. At Westminster University, you are invited to explore and ask questions, and get to know yourself and your peers better while building community and forming long-lasting friendships. On campus, you can find or create a club, program, or organization that fits just about anything you’re interested in. Here are a few places to explore:

  • Student Engagement and Belonging – Student Engagement and Belonging promotes student engagement and cultural intelligence by fostering fellowship, academics, and social engagement through student-led and staff-supported programs that provide opportunities for students to develop their social identities and spaces for students to gather and discuss issues of power, privilege, oppression, and social engagement.
    • Student Engagement and Belonging also provides the opportunity to be involved in 5 identity-based programs including Raíces Unidas, Queer Compass, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Life, Black Excellence, and Disability Justice. Each of these identity groups plans and executes different campus events such as social and cultural events, educational workshops, study groups, and self-care activities. If you have any questions about how to join any of these groups, reach out to Janet Reyes, the Associate Director of Student Engagement and Belonging. 
  • Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center (HWAC) – From a climbing wall and group exercise to certifications and personal training, the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center has a lot to offer to help you shape your personal approach to health and wellness. 
  • Athletics – Westminster University Athletics is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and NCAA Division II. Westminster University currently has 17 NCAA II sports teams and 7 non-NCAA sports teams.

EXPLORE CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Research is a great opportunity to grow your skills, knowledge, and network. There are several ways to get research experience as an undocumented student:

Fellowships include summer experiences and developmental opportunities while you're enrolled at Westminster University, as well as post-graduation internships, training, and jobs. The Office for Fellowship Advising works closely with students to identify and apply for fellowships. Many undocumented and DACA-mented students have won prestigious fellowships in their fields. Check out some additional resources for fellowships:

Contact Us

If you have more questions, don't hesitate to reach out and ask.

Kelly Asao

Kelly Asao


Assistant Professor

Helaman Hernandez Salas

Helaman Hernandez Salas


Academic Advisor

Jose Hernandez Zamudio

Jose Hernandez Zamudio


Assistant Dean, Honors College

Janet Reyes

Janet Reyes


Associate Director, Student Engagement and Belonging

After Westminster University

Finding employment can be tricky. Here are some resources to help you navigate the process:

  • Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students – includes information, tips, and resources as well as personal narratives, student testimonials, and advice from experts.
  • My Undocumented Life – provides up-to-date information and resources to undocumented students, their families, and allies (including educators, counselors, and administrators).
  • Westminster Career Center – alumni have free, lifetime access to the Career Center and all of our resources.
  • Suazo Business Center – advises minority-owned businesses on all aspects of starting and running a business, and they’re located right here in Sugar House.

You should pay attention to the licensing requirements of your desired career (e.g., social security card) that vary by state. These are constantly changing, but check out the Higher Ed Immigration Portal’s 2023 guide to licensing in Utah for help. Keep in mind that you may be able to get a license in your chosen field in other states (e.g., social work in California or teaching in Nevada).

Check out these helpful resources to start your journey in applying to graduate school:

Check out these resources for information about specific fields:

Resources for Faculty and Staff