pursue significance

President Gayle D. Beebe and graduating student

Alumni Pursuits

Westmont helps you prepare for a certain path in an uncertain future. Not only will you build a life of significance, but you’ll find meaningful work where you can use your gifts and talents. Our alumni have chosen a wide variety of careers throughout the world, seeking to serve God as well as become leaders in their professions. In 2014, the Washington Post listed Westmont as No. 15 in the nation for colleges and universities with the greatest salary growth between average starting and average mid-career salaries. A Forbes magazine story identified Westmont as No. 23 among the national liberal arts colleges whose graduates earn the highest salaries.

Westmont Prepares Students to Thrive in Life

How can college prepare students for great jobs and great lives? A 2014 Gallup-Purdue study surveyed college graduates and identified experiences that contribute to a rewarding life.

  • A professor who cared about me as a person
  • A professor who made me excited about learning
  • A professor or staff member who encouraged me to pursue my dreams
  • An internship or job that let me apply what I was learning
  • Active involvement in extracurricular activities in an organization
  • An opportunity to work on a project that took a semester or more to complete

Westmont professors focus on teaching and spending time with students, developing close relationships. They challenge students academically, engage them in meaningful classroom discussions and encourage them to seek a calling in life. Most Westmont students serve as interns during college, and 85 percent of the 2014 graduates earned academic credit for internships. Students actively participate in a wide range of activities on campus, in the community and even overseas, including Potter’s Clay, the 37-year outreach to people in Ensenada, Mexico. Students engage in significant academic research with professors and often work on ongoing projects.

The Gallup-Purdue study found that just 3 percent of the graduates surveyed reported having the experiences that prepare them for great lives. Westmont offers this kind of education to all its students.

Internships

Pursue your calling in life through your studies and hands-on experiences like internships. Businesses and organizations in Santa Barbara and San Francisco love Westmont students and offer many opportunities to explore your gifts, unearth new passions and inform your future. Internships expose you to potential careers and help you find direction for life after Westmont.

  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Brown & Brown Insurance
  • HarperOne Publishers
  • Santa Barbara Natural History Museum
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • KPIX Channel 5 (CBS Affiliate)
  • Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • Anchor Point IT Solutions
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Oakland Raiders (NFL)
  • San Francisco Giants (MLB)
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • ThinkEquity Investments
  • Santa Barbara Food Bank
  • Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office
  • Casa Esperanza Homeless Center
  • Rabobank

Graduate School

About 70 percent of Westmont students attend graduate school, enrolling in leading institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins , Cornell, Dartmouth, Caltech and many others. Opportunities to conduct significant undergraduate research with faculty and close relationships with professors help our students build impressive resumes and receive excellent recommendations. Among our pre-med students, 91 percent get accepted to medical school.

students viewing art exhibition

Career Placement

Within 18 months of graduating, 95 percent of our alums find work, get an internship or attend graduate school. Westmont’s Office of Life Planning offers many career services, helping students understand who God created them to be, express and use their unique gifts, and unite these two dimensions with meaningful vocational choices. You can take advantage of their personalized assistance your first year at Westmont. They’ll assist you:

  • Choose a major
  • Consider vocations
  • Explore graduate schools
  • Discover your skills, values and interests
  • Find internships
  • Write a resume
  • Conduct mock job interviews
student presentation

Benefits of the Liberal Arts

A liberal arts education provides excellent preparation for a career because it teaches you how to learn, how to think critically and how to communicate well. You will likely change jobs 14–18 times in the future. Given the complexity of life in the 21st century and the global economy, you will need the capacity to adjust intellectually and emotionally to new fields, environments and cultures. A liberal arts curriculum develops 15 marketable skills that employers consider essential:

  • Critical thinking
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Leadership
  • Problem-Solving
  • Defining problems
  • Adaptability
  • Risk-taking
  • Researching
  • Coping with the pressure of deadlines
  • Mastering information-retrieval systems
  • Keeping an open mind to new ideas and approaches
  • Using mathematical concepts and skills
  • Developing good language skills

Meet Westmont Graduates

We’d like to introduce you to Westmont alumni who make an impact in the world. They live out their calling through their professions, their service and their relationships. A growing and connected network of alumni can mentor and advise you as you seek your future.

Alec Avedissian Alec Avedissian '08
Eco-friendly entrepreneur

Morgan Vigil Morgan Vigil '11
Innovative computer scientist

Justin Zoradi Justin Zoradi '04
Educating students in Africa