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Phone: (805) 565-6060
Fax: (805) 565-7399

Mailing Address:
Westmont College
Student Records
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Kerrwood Hall, First Floor

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
8:30am-10:15am and 11:30am-4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday:


Getting Started: Tools to Map Out Your First Semester                                                                

Welcome to the first part of your academic journey here at Westmont College. To make your transition to Westmont as effective as possible, we have put together this instructional resource to help you familiariaze yourself with the academic requirements of the college. Begin reading through this material now, so that you are thoroughly prepared to register when your registration time arrives.

Here you will:

  • Learn about many of the academic requirements of the college
  • Learn how to navigate important web pages and web-based tools
  • Receive suggestions for choosing first semester courses

These resources are designed to help you choose a balanced semester, with courses that will both stretch and enrich you. This may seem like a daunting task, but once you are aware of these resources and know how to use them, registration will be easy!

Your Academic Advisor

You will be assigned an academic advisor to help oversee your academic progress while at Westmont.  Academic advisors are faculty members within each department.  If you have indicated which major might interest you on the survey below, we will attempt to pair you with a faculty advisor from that department.

Complete this Academic Advising Questionnaire to help our office pair you with a faculty advisor. This form must be emailed to by July 31.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

By the time of graduation, you will develop and be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following seven Westmont Institutional Learning Outcomes:

  •  Critical Thinking
  •  Quantitative Literacy
  • Written Communication
  •  Oral Communication
  • Information Literacy
  •  Christian Understanding, Practices, and Affections
  •  Global Awareness and Diversity

These learning outcomes are instrumental in nurturing all Westmont students as thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders, regardless of their chosen major. Both General Education and major courses will help you to develop and master these outcomes. Click here to see how our majors and GE curriculum work to support these Institutional Leaning Outcomes and our overall institutional mission.

Understanding General Education Requirements at Westmont College

By becoming familiar with the vocabularies and types of questions asked in several disciplines, students equip themselves to be members of an increasingly global and diverse intellectual community.

Westmont College’s General Education encompasses 4 main categories:

  • Common Contexts: These courses ground Westmont students in a body of defining material and explicitly invite them into an understanding of the Christian liberal arts.
  • Common Inquiries: These courses empower students to explore the knowledge, methodologies, and modes of inquiry within a given discipline.
  • Common Skills: These courses encourage students to develop their verbal, quantitative, or physical dexterity.
  • Competent & Compassionate Action: These courses fulfill the expectation that students will put their education into action in a variety of ways, many of which may be part of the student’s major. This category is typically completed in the student's junior or senior year.

The current Westmont College Catalog is always available to view on the Registrar’s home page. Please review the expanded descriptions of each general education category in the college catalog to better understand their role in creating a holistic Liberal Arts experience.

Click here to review frequently asked questions about Westmont’s general education.


First Year Students

This list of common First Year Courses may help as you consider courses to take for your General Education requirements (you will learn to navigate this semester's class schedule shortly).

First Year students can take courses that are lower division (numbered -001 to -099).

Many courses on the above list will satisfy two GE requirements as noted in the "Other GE" column.

For your first semester, we suggest you select one course from the Common Contexts, one PE activity, and additional courses from the Common Inquiries and Common Skills areas as needed.

Students should enroll in at least 12 units and no more than 18 units per term.

Transfer Students

Here is a list of all courses offered that will meet General Education Requirements this semester (you will learn to navigate this semester's class schedule shortly).

Transfer students are not restricted to lower division courses and may find the above document more useful.

Many courses on the above list will satisfy two GE requirements as noted in the "Other GE" column.

For your first semester, we suggest that you select one course from the Common Contexts, one PE activity (if needed), and additional courses from the Common Inquiries, Common Skills and your major requirements as needed.

Students should enroll in at least 12 units and no more than 18 units per term.

Here is a helpful guide on how transfer work is evaluated and transferred to Westmont College.

Discovering your Program Evaluation in WebAdvisor.

Every student is unique. Use this tutorial to help you navigate through your individual Program Evaluation.

    • All students can view accepted transfer work and test scores on their Program Evaluation and Unofficial Transcript in WebAdvisor.
    • The Student Records Office only evaluates work to count towards your general education requirements.  If you would like a course to count towards your major requirements, please complete a Re-Evaluation of Transfer Credit Form once you arrive on campus.
    • If you are a transfer student, please feel free to visit the Student Records Office in Kerrwood Hall once you are on campus to review your accepted transfer work with Records Office Staff if you still have questions. 
    • Please let the Records Office Staff know if you are missing any transfer work or test scores on your Program Evaluation or transcript.


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