Liberal Arts
Westmont's rigorous liberal arts program teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively, preparing them to succeed in a quickly changing and culturally complex world. Classes that range from the sciences to the humanities provide a rich and increasingly rare education encompassing all areas of life and promoting intellectual, spiritual and personal growth.
Christian
At Westmont, Jesus Christ holds preeminence. With our commitment to historic Christianity, we encourage students to integrate their beliefs with their studies and to live out their faith in service to others. Rooting the liberal arts in Christ means that we educate the whole person and encourage students to develop biblically based, intellectually strong convictions and worldviews.
Residential
The strong, caring residential community at Westmont creates a climate conducive to intellectual inquiry, personal growth, open communication and lasting friendships. Living among supportive Christian friends and mentors, students feel free to explore the breadth of the liberal arts and examine the implications of their faith as they develop into mature, and committed men and women.
Undergraduate
Westmont devotes itself exclusively to undergraduate courses, concentrating on a critical time of life when students make decisions shaping their future. Our focused, engaging and personal program offers small classes taught by full-time faculty, close interaction with professors outside the classroom, and opportunities to participate in significant research projects.
Global
Westmont offers a global program that prepares students to live in a diverse, complex and quickly changing society so they can take their place as citizens of the world. The breadth of the liberal arts curriculum, the opportunity to study or serve overseas and an emphasis on developing an international perspective help graduates make a seamless transition to a global marketplace.

What Makes a Westmont Education Distinctive?

  • Liberal Arts
  • Christian
  • Residential
  • Undergraduate
  • Global

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Welcoming New Students, Class of 2019

Welcoming New StudentsOrientation begins for 339 first-year students and 52 new transfer students Thursday, Aug. 27. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 31. The new students represent four countries and 31 states. Thirty students come from Santa Barbara County and 12 are international, missionary or third-culture students. [more]

Westmont Tops New College Rankings

Westmont Tops New College RankingsThree new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. For the third straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment. Westmont, listed No. 64, is one of only three Christian colleges nationally and just one of nine schools in California. Last year Forbes ranked Westmont No. 74. [more]

Westmont Museum Opens Exciting Season

Westmont Museum Opens Exciting SeasonThe Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art will offer several dynamic and diverse exhibitions in the 2015-16 season, including shows featuring Santa Barbara artists such as Dane Goodman, Keith Puccinelli, 19th-century French artists including Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Berthe Morisot, Henri Matisse; and contemporary artists Betye Saar, Richard Serra and James Surls. A family day on March 5, 2016, celebrates French culture. [more]

Westmont Hosts Lit Moon Mini Festival

Westmont Hosts Lit Moon Mini FestivalThe theater season begins in dramatic style Sept. 3-6 when Westmont hosts a mini festival featuring several Westmont professors and alumni performing work developed by Lit Moon Theatre Company artists in a variety of indoor locations around campus. [more]

Westmont Mourns David Winter

David WinterDavid K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 15, 1930. Winter served as president of Westmont from 1976-2001 and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006-07. Under his leadership, Westmont became a nationally ranked liberal arts college. [more]

Westmont in Top 10 of Entrepreneurial Colleges

Westmont in Top 10 of Entrepreneurial CollegesWestmont ranks as No. 10 on Forbes’ 2015 list of the 50 most entrepreneurial colleges in the nation. The magazine evaluated the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on entrepreneurial ratios: the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). This year they separated research universities and smaller colleges. [more]

Westmont Launches New Music Academy

Westmont Academy for Young ArtistsThe new Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA), an intensive 10-day program for young musicians, offers two faculty concerts on Aug. 13 and 20 at 3:30 p.m. and two student concerts Aug. 14 and 21 at 3:30 p.m., all in Deane Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public. [more]

Upcoming Events

Gayle Beebe

Chapel: Sept. 9, 10:30am, Murchison Gym. Dr. Gayle Beebe, Westmont President

Mens Soccer

Men's Soccer: Sept. 12, 3:00pm vs. Sierra Nevada
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Lauren Moriarty

Artists' Talk: "tug" Sept. 23, 6:30pm, Adams 216. Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli
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Recent Events

Orientation

Orientation:
August 27-30, 2015. Watch a slideshow from this year's Orientation