A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Westmont College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Golden State Athletic Conference
Address
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1060-1280
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$34,974/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,525/ year
  • $30-48k
    $23,934/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,323/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,901/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,892/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
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
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
32%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,284Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    29%
  • Good
    24%
  • Genuinely loving, accepting and very supportive
    18%
  • Overachieving
    18%
  • Narcissistic
    6%
  • Self centered
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.38 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Wonderful
    44%
  • Dedicated
    25%
  • Sheltered
    25%
  • Make policies that benefit them not the students
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
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
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Westmont is a great academic institution. It has a rigorous academic program facilitated by expert faculty. However my experience at Westmont as a person of color has been awful. Diversity at Westmont is terrible. Westmont is the place for you if you are white, strong Christian and are looking to find people similar to you. You do not get a wholesome College experience at Westmont if you do not fall into that category. Chapel is sometimes subjective and the small size of the campus gives the College more of a high school feeling where everyone kinda knows everyone and people are up in your business. Women say they feel unsafe but Westmont has had 1 or 2 if any sexual related incidents in the past year (according to Clery report). Also, Montecito is one of the most safest places in the country in addition to the superb and effective public safety team on campus 24/7. I would really enjoy being at another college better suited for me but I am obliged to be here by means of scholarship.
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For some, Westmont College in Montecito, California is ideal and wonderful. Unfortunately, that was not my experience for a variety of reasons. If you are interested in a school with a diverse student body and faculty, this is not the school for you. A common joke is the stereotypical Westmont student who is white, middle class, naturally beautiful, a very strong (and outwardly visible) Christian, incredibly peppy and nice, likes granola and other healthy foods, wears Birkenstocks, and has a hammock. It sounds insane, but that is the "ideal" that is championed at this school, and if you don't fit that, it can be really hard to fit in. Westmont is religious and does expect its students to adhere to a certain lifestyle which is fine, except it discriminates against the LGBTQ+ community and other religions.
The academics are good at Westmont. You get a good education here.
However, the social scene here needs serious work. Diversity is better but is unlearned. Very sheltered and feels like camp and cliquey. If you want to grow and meet different types of people this place is not for you. It feels like highschool. The college dorms are outdated. You will not get a college experience here i'm sorry. I wish I liked it here. I go out of my way to make friends elsewhere. If you are white, love Jesus, and want to meet like-minded people this place is for you.