Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

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A premier Christian liberal arts college and one of the country’s most beautiful campuses

Discover your home away from home 
Westmont ranks among the top liberal arts colleges in the United States. Experience rigorous academics in a wooded setting on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses. Learn in a close-knit community of 1,300 that includes professors who care deeply about you and want you to thrive! Your professional, spiritual, and personal growth matter at Westmont. 

At this small college, you’ll receive the attention and support you need to succeed and lots of encouragement to participate in the many opportunities available to students. A robust foundation in the liberal arts teaches you critical thinking and effective communication so you can connect your knowledge with your experience.

Westmont offers strong programs and research opportunities in the sciences as well as majors in Engineering, the social sciences, and humanities and arts. Unlimited internships allow more than 70% of students to try out careers that interest them. Service opportunities and cross-cultural experiences help you learn outside the classroom, offer a real-life perspective, and prepare you for life beyond Westmont.

Succeed in a career after college
About 97% of our graduates find ajob or pursue graduate school within six months of earning their degree. Westmont is ranked #101 on PayScale’s “Best Universities and Colleges by Salary Potential” list with a median alumni salary of $111,500 with 10+ years of experience.

Key information for international students
• Forbes lists Westmont among only 300 “best value” colleges in the United States that provide an excellent return on investment.
• Outstanding semester-long global education programs allow students to live and learn in a completely different culture and broaden their ideas about the world.
About 85% of Westmont students live on campus, creating a close-knit student community. The College makes student success and care a priority.
• Westmont is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, California State Board of Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music.
• Located on the California coast with spacious beaches, a host of hiking trails, and a wealth of cultural resources, Santa Barbara continually ranks among the best places to live or visit in the United States.
• Non-US citizens accepted for admission need a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Form (I-20) to apply for the F-1 student visa. Westmont issues an I-20 to accepted students once the College receives their tuition deposits.
• International students on the F-1 visa may participate in paid internships and part-time on-campus jobs related to their major through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) programs. 


Number 2

#2 college in California for helping students afford tuition | LendEDU


$30 million in grants and scholarships were awarded in 2018–2019, with 95% of first-year and transfer students receiving academic or talent-based scholarships and/or need-based grants.


97% of students are employed or pursuing graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Ranked in the top 9.1% of four-year bachelor’s degree–granting colleges for graduates earning a $108,300 median income 10+ years after entering school | PayScale College Salary Report


97% of tenured or tenured-track faculty hold doctorates (or equivalent degrees), and 88% of credit hours are taught by full-time faculty and staff.


Westmont College is situated in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, at a unique vantage point where you can see the ascending peaks of the mountains and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Come visit one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country.


Type of School: A premier, nationally ranked Christian liberal arts college

Size of Campus:
111 wooded acres with 31 major buildings

Number of Students:
Enrollment of 1,300 students

Number of Faculty:
Student-faculty ratio of 11:1

Colleges, programs, and degrees:
See listing to the left.

Geographic Diversity:
One of the most beautiful college campuses in the country, Westmont is located in the foothills between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean with spacious beaches and a host of hiking trails nearby. The scenic coastal city of Santa Barbara, one of the best places to live or visit, is about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

International Student Services: Westmont fully supports international students with a special orientation developed just for them and provides ongoing assistance, counseling, and mentoring to help students from other countries adjust to life in the United States and feel at home at Westmont.

International Student Budget: Connect with Westmont to learn more.

Financial Aid:
Westmont funded $30 million in grants and scholarships in the 2018–2019 academic year, and this amount grows each year, lowering costs for students. More than 95% of Westmont students receive financial aid. Academic merit scholarship amounts range from $15,000 to 85% of tuition.

Test Score Requirements: The strength of the high school or equivalent program, the record of academic aptitude demonstrated by ACT or SAT results, the TOEFL results (560 paper based, 220 computer based, or 83 internet based), and application essays are important in determining admission. Westmont also accepts the results of the IELTS.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• For first-year students—Early Action I: October 15, Early Action II: November 1, priority deadline: January 15
• For transfer students—March 1 for fall and November 1 for spring
• Member of the Common Application 

• Art BA
• Art History BA
• Biology BA, BS
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Ecology, Evolution, and Natural History
- General

• Chemistry BA, BS
- Biochemistry
- Chemical Engineering 3-2 Program
- Chemical Physics
- General
- Professional

• Communication Studies BA
• Computer Science BA, BS
• Data Analytics BS
• Economics and Business BA
• Engineering BS
• Engineering Physics BA, BS
- 3-2 Program
- General
• English BA
• English Modern Language BA
• European Studies BA
• French BA
- French Studies
- Language and Literature

• History BA
- Graduate School
- International Studies
- Standard

• Interdisciplinary BA, BS
• Kinesiology BS
- Movement and Exercise Science
- Movement and Medical Science

• Liberal Studies BA
- Elementary Education
• Mathematics BA, BS
• Music BA
- Composition
- Liberal Arts
- Worship Leadership
• Music Education BME
• Philosophy BA
• Physics BA, BS
• Political Science BA
- International Affairs
- International Security and Development
- Pre-law
- Standard

• Psychology BA, BS
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- General
• Religious Studies BA
• Social Science BA
- Economics and Business
- History
- Political Science
- Sociology

• Sociology BA
- Cross-Cultural Studies
- General
- Human Services

• Spanish BA
- Hispanic Studies
- Language and Literature

• Theatre Arts BA

Additional Minors
Most majors, plus:
• Anthropology
• Biblical Languages
• Coaching
• Environmental Studies
• Ethnic Studies
• Film Studies
• Gender Studies
• Global Studies
• Writing

Pre-professional Programs
• Dentistry
• Law
• Medicine
• Nursing
• Optometry
• Osteopathy
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant
• Teaching Credential
• Veterinary Medicine

Professional Programs
• Elementary Education (fast track or fifth year)
• Secondary Education (fifth year)
- Art
- Biology
- Chemistry
- English
- History
- Mathematics
- Music
- Physical Education
- Physics
- Social Science
- Spanish

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