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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
955 La Paz Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Golden State Athletic Conference
From Westmont College

Westmont consistently ranks among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges with one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Prepare for a life of leadership and service while discovering how faith leads to deeper understanding. Benefit from small classes, engaging professors and a caring, close-knit community. Choose from nearly 100 academic programs (majors, tracks, minors and pre-professional programs) that will prepare you for leading graduate schools or your first significant job. Most of our students finish in four years or fewer; 96 percent of the class of 2017 were working or attending graduate school within six months of graduating. Our generous financial aid includes academic, need-based and talent awards; 96 percent of our students receive assistance. Cheer for our dominant Golden State Athletics teams known for their strong national finishes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Visit today and experience Westmont for yourself.

Westmont College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
62%
SAT Range
1100-1330
ACT Range
21-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$32,663/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,923/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses

Majors

STEM Majors at Westmont College

Learn how to organize and communicate information, use algorithms, procedures or formulas for solving problems, and work with a team to find practical applications. Through coursework and independent research, you learn laboratory techniques and field methods. A highlight of being an undergraduate institution is the opportunity to conduct advanced research with faculty and fellow students.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,266Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
11
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
  • Genuinely loving, accepting and very supportive
    29%
  • Dedicated
    24%
  • Good
    24%
  • Overachieving
    14%
  • Narcissistic
    5%
  • Self centered
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.25 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.42 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
  • Wonderful
    40%
  • Dedicated
    20%
  • Sheltered
    20%
  • Make policies that benefit them not the students
    10%
  • Underrated
    10%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $51,400/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    79%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    73%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.15 responses

    Westmont College Reviews

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    When COVID-19 hit it took a toll on a lot of students. It was stressful having to shift in person classes to online. But, Westmont managed to do this very well and it was actually quite easy. The professors were willing to help students every step of the way and they and they made sure we had everything we needed for the time being. The classes online were well organized and time manageable. It made school a lot easier during this crazy and stressful time!
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    Westmont is one of the better Christian liberal arts colleges out there. I love the school's small student body and community - it took just a few months before I felt like I knew like half the people on campus, and yet the school never felt too small. There are some truly great students here. Westmont has wonderful professors and is differently more academically challenged than a typical challenge. I am impressed with how Westmont's Christian values felt genuine without becoming too legalistic or fundamental like some other Christian colleges. It is easy for those who are interested to plug into a strong Christian community. However, this college is not for everybody, and those who do not fit in struggle, especially non-Christian students. There have various diversity issues that have been raised that are currently being addressed, as well as an unhealthy addiction to "overcommitment" among the student body. Overall though, I am glad I picked Westmont.
    I had a fabulous experience at Westmont. What sets Westmont apart is community and sense of belonging. There were always loving people around, a resident advisor or director to chat with if you had a problem or crisis.

    Student life was really revolving around the community on campus. It's not a party scene at all, but I was not looking for that. It is a strong Christian school with a campus living statement.

    I enjoyed my academics, although I pursued a liberal studies degree and was in a different track with credential program as well, but I found the academics enjoyable and very manageable. My professors were caring, available and very highly qualified.

    Santa Barbara is GORGEOUS and there are amazing beaches, nice quaint downtown, incredible Mexican food and mountains to explore nearby. It's a great small city, near LA.

    Overall, I loved my time at Westmont. I got a great degree, grew in my faith, and made amazing friends in a fabulous, tight-knit, caring community.