About The Westmont Experience

BELONG TO A JOYFUL, CARING COMMUNITY

At Westmont, we combine rigorous academics and deep love for God. You'll discover a wide range of classes, experiences and services that encourage you to thrive. Our vibrant community will welcome and support you as you begin to build your future.

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Quick Facts

Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God's kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world. 

Think for yourself. Live for others.

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 student-to-faculty ratio 
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 average class size 
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1300 undergraduate students white icon
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 4-year graduation rate  

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Academics

Westmont's commitment to liberal arts emphasizes making connections among disciplines, blending doing and thinking, sciences and humanities, individual and community. Convention says that you have to choose between scholarly knowledge and scriptural truth. But that's like using only half your brain, or relying on only half the information. 

Here, you'll develop deep knowledge AND discover deep truth.

100%

of classes are taught by faculty,
not graduate students

98%

of faculty have
terminal degrees

31

majors

Largest majors: Economics & Business, Kinesiology, Psychology, Biology and Communication Studies

Life at Westmont

Spirituality, Ministries and Traditions

Westmont's motto, Christus primatum tenensChrist holds first place—captures the college's commitment to developing deep faith in God. The community gathers three times a week in the name of Jesus Christ to love and learn from Him during chapel. Westmont belongs to the worldwide evangelical Protestant tradition. While faculty and staff sign a statement of faith, the college welcomes students who hold a variety of religious beliefs.

Embrace a rich and engaging student life at Westmont College that extends well beyond the classroom. Immerse yourself in a plethora of on-campus activities, from student-led clubs to captivating cultural events, fostering a vibrant sense of community. Engage in meaningful outreach through our diverse ministries, where you can make a positive impact both locally and globally.

Financial Aid

Like many students, you may discover that our generous assistance means you pay less at Westmont than at a public university or other independent college. Dig in to the numbers at think about where you want to invest these transformational four years.

Cost of Attendance

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OF INCOMING FIRST-YEAR AND TRANSFER STUDENTS RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID
average amount awarded 

 
We Are Warriors

Athletics

Westmont Warriors cultivate maturity of mind, body and spirit through the rigorous pursuit of athletic excellence, integrated learning and Christ-centered leadership. Westmont challenges students to strive for excellence in every area of life.

10

NAIA National Championships

106

GSAC Team Championships

637

NAIA All-Americans

Study Abroad

Westmont Downtown and Westmont in San Francisco continue to operate, and many of the college's popular study abroad programs will resume in the fall of 2022 with semesters in Europe, England, Northern Europe, Mexico, Asia, Jerusalem, Cairo and UgandaWhether they travel to Singapore, Berlin or Kampala, Westmont students venture across the globe to learn how to live and interact in cross-cultural settings.

58%

of the student body participate in off-campus programs across six continents.

 

 

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DISCOVER SANTA BARBARA'S GEM

Location

Nestled in the hills of beautiful Santa Barbara, Westmont offers spectacular views of the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Students enjoy the beaches, mountain trails, cultural resources and fine dining of the charming coastal area. 

Because many professors live in Westmont's nearby faculty housing, they participate in campus activities and often invite students over for class sessions and meals.

Future Success

Westmont equips its graduates with the skills they need to lead and serve in all sectors of society. Students have opportunities to publish research papers with faculty, complete multiple internships and forge important networking relationships with leaders in their fields. The college has earned a reputation for its strong entrepreneurial program, and many alums start their own businesses.

97%

of graduates are employed or attending graduate school 6 months after graduation

30

students participate in summer research with professors each year

64%

of students participate in an internship while at Westmont 

$111,500

median alumni salary with 10+ years experience

Our Commitment to Diversity

Intercultural & Global Engagement

Micah 6:8 is a verse commonly cited to compel people to act in times of injustice: “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” The pages on Westmont’s Micah 6:8 site describe our work around justice, reconciliation, and diversity. Yet our work is unfinished. We continue to strive to be a more reconciling community, to better understand how we could do better, to listen to each other and the Lord, and to be responsive in our thoughts, words, and actions. May He give us strength to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

History

In 1937, Ruth Kerr founded a liberal arts college committed to the historic Christian faith. Wallace Emerson, the first president, envisioned an institution that rivaled the best colleges nationwide, and he set the standard for academic rigor and excellence that still applies. 

Since its founding, Westmont has produced alumni who live with intelligence, character, and hope.

 

Ranked #1 Christian Liberal Arts College 
in California and the Western United States. 

For the 19th straight year, Westmont, ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 107 (tied), is one of the top two national Christian liberal arts colleges and the number one Christian liberal arts college in California and in the Western United States

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