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The Benefits of Transferring to Westmont

You can graduate on time. Transfer students achieve the same impressive four-year graduation rate as all our students: 73 percent. That’s 28 percent higher than the national six-year graduation rate. Staying in college longer than four years will add extra costs and delay your entrance into graduate school or the marketplace.

You invest in an affordable education. We’ve increased financial aid for transfer students, and you may discover you pay less at Westmont than at many other schools. We commit a significant amount of financial aid ($21 million) to scholarships and grants, making our high-quality education available to students from a wide range of economic backgrounds.

You receive a first-class education. Nationally recognized for our excellent academics, we rank among the country’s top 100 liberal arts colleges—and the top 10 in California—in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The Princeton Review has named Westmont one of the “Best in the West.” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance lists Westmont among the top 100 liberal arts colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

You grow in all areas of your life. You invest in your intellectual, personal, spiritual and social development at Westmont. We focus exclusively on undergraduates, and our world-class faculty work closely with students in class as well as outside of class. Choose from a wide range of activities on campus that support our academic program and benefit from the powerful sense of community on campus.

The liberal arts provide the best possible preparation for careers. You learn how to learn, how to think critically and how to communicate well. According to the U.S Department of Education, you’ll likely change jobs 14–18 times in the future with one to two international assignments. You’ll need the capacity to adjust intellectually and emotionally to new fields, environments and cultures.

Discover God’s calling for your life. Through class, chapel, outreach programs and many other opportunities on campus, you’ll grow in your faith and understanding of God. We’ll challenge you to think about what you believe and encourage you to follow Gods’ leading in your life.

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Transfer Students

Applying to Westmont

Westmont does not require transfers to have completed a specified number of units/credits before applying. Use the Westmont application or the Common Application (see links below). You will also need to submit a $50 fee by credit card or check.

Send Transcripts

Request official transcripts of all college and high school work to be submitted directly from school officials. If filing the Common Application, the request may be processed online through that application process.

SAT or ACT Test Scores

Applicants who have completed less than 24 semester units of academic coursework at the time of application must also include official ACT or SAT scores.

Send Reference Letter(s)

Westmont requires one reference from a professor in an academic course. In addition, an optional pastoral/character reference may be submitted. The reference forms may be accessed within either application.


The Office of Admissions recommends campus visits and interviews. Scheduling an appointment with your admission counselor to discuss your plan is encouraged as you prepare to take the next step in your education.

Notification of Decisions

Notification will be mailed shortly after completion of all application requirements.

Graduation Requirements (Bachelor of Arts or Science degree):
  • A minimum of 124 semester units.
  • A minimum Westmont grade point average of 2.0
  • The final year (two full-time semesters) taken at Westmont; or 32 of the last 40 units for the degree taken at Westmont.
  • Completion of the General Education requirements.
  • A major program (See the College Catalog for requirements).
  • One-half of upper division major/minor units completed at Westmont.
  • Complete at least 60 units outside the major department, including general education and electives.
Which Courses Transfer?

To assist transfer students, the student records office has developed Articulation (Transfer) Agreements with many California community colleges. These agreements state precisely which courses transfer to Westmont and meet general education requirements. If the articulation agreement for the community college you attend is not listed here, please call the Office of Admission to speak with a counselor for guidance.

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Financial Aid for Transfer Students

Westmont Academic Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to transfer students with a distinguished high school or college academic profile. A combination of academic GPA, SAT or ACT scores and overall quality of the application determines the scholarship amount.

Transfer Academic Scholarships:

President's $ 13,000

Provost's $ 11,000

Dean's $ 9,000

Transfer students may also be eligible to receive Westmont Grants based on need as well as Westmont Talent Scholarships in athletics, art, theatre and music. Applicants interested in these programs must contact the respective departments and follow the application instructions. All applications are available online. Westmont also offers a Cultural Diversity Award of $1,000. You can find the application and more information here.

For information about other forms of financial aid, see here.

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Next Steps for Admitted Students


All your hard work has paid off! Enjoy the moment and take time to pray about your decision.

File Financial Aid Forms

Make certain all financial aid forms have been filed. The FAFSA should be submitted between January 1 and March 2. If you are a California resident, remember your GPA Verification form. In March, all admitted students who have submitted their FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) information to Westmont will be sent an email with instructions on how to view their financial aid package. This email will be directed to whichever email address the student listed on their application. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 805.565.6063 or finaid@westmont.edu.

Visit Westmont

If you have not visited our campus, you need to see it for yourself. For more information and to schedule a visit, go to the visit page.

Confirm Your Offer of Admission by May 1, 2015

Confirm online at westmont.edu/confirm. Confirmation requires a $500 deposit, preferably by credit card (checks may be submitted, payable to Westmont College). The Housing Application will be at this site and must also be completed with a photo of yourself (passport size). Deposits submitted prior to May 1 are refundable until May 1 upon written request of cancellation of confirmation. Deposits submitted after deadline may be placed on a confirmation Wait List.

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Check Application Status

Thank You for Applying to Westmont!

Westmont's Application Portal allows you to track the progress of your application. By logging into the portal, you will be able to track the status of your application, check receipt of supplemental materials such as test scores, transcripts and academic recommendations, and to monitor the progress of the process until your application is complete and ready for decision. Please consider:

  • If you have sent test scores, recommendations, and/or transcripts to our office but do not see an indication of receipt through the Application Portal please email our office: admissions@westmont.edu.
  • The Application Portal does not provide final admission decision information.
  • If you are using the Common Application, or have submitted the Westmont Application, you may track your status by using this link to create an account. Once you have created your account, you may return to this page and login using the button below. If you have applied using Westmont's new Application Portal, you can bypass this step and go straight to the login page.
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