Engage at Westmont
You are an official Westmont Warrior. Now what?
Please scroll down this page, or click on the links below to learn more about:
- Advice from Upperclass Transfers
To make your transition easier, we've created a list of programs & resources at Westmont that we think would be most helpful for you to know about:
Writer's Corner: Upperclassmen strong writers are trained by faculty to help all students with their writing needs. Not sure how to develop a thesis? Need help with organization? Uncertain where even to begin? Feel free to swing by the library (VL 215) any eveing Sunday-Thursday to improve your papers, FREE of charge.
Disability Services: Over 10% of Westmont students use Disability Services in one form or another. Please talk with them to discuss possible academic, physical, and/or emotional accommodations that will equalize the opportunity for you to succeed at Westmont.
Westmont Library: Our library may not be as large as the UCSB library, but our staff is incredible and will help you with any of your researching needs. Westmont also provides the Inter-library Loan service, whereby you can check out a book from any of 10,000 different libraries worldwide, and the book will be sent directly to Voskuyl Library, ready to be picked up!
Library has a help desk: There are reference librarians at the "Help Desk" on the main floor of the library. They are extremely knowledgeable and eager to help all students. Their hours are posted online. They also have an online chat service with the on-call research librarian.
Class Syllabi are posted online
Registrar: The Registrar is here for you to discuss anything related to unit transfers and coursework. Elaine Galang is the expert at transfer credit issues. Feel free to contact her directly, or any member from the Registrar team.
Web Advisor: Web Advisor is the place you go to view which courses are offered in a given semester; this will prepare you to register for classes for the following semester. You can also view your current Class Schedule.
Course booklist search: Search for booklists for the courses for which you're registered.
Academic Calendar: Check out what dates Westmont has off.
Course Catalog: Learn about which majors Westmont offers and which courses make up each major. Here also you will get to learn more about Westmont's philosophy of education, its off campus programs, Student Life program, and so much more.
Office of Life Planning (OLP): Want to refine your resume? Curious about how your unique skill set translates into the professional work environment? Uncertain about life after college? The OLP team is here to walk alongside you and help you navigate these hard (and sometimes, overwhelming) questions.
Chapel Archive: There is a chapel archive online, where ALL chapel speaker's messages are posted. For most messages, the audio is posted, too! Additionally, there's a link to "check chapel attendance."
Capax Dei: The Latin translation of this is "Space For God." These are intentional bible study groups that meet weekly to mediate on Scripture, pray, and grow together in their understanding of God.
Student Leader Positions: Are you interested in developing your leadership skills, enriching Westmont, and getting paid a small amount for it, too? The student leader positions at Westmont are taken very seriously and are a great opportunity to grow as a leader, as a servant of Christ, and as a person.
Westmont Student Life Page: Current Student Page
Horizon: Westmont's student newspaper
Clubs: List of Student Clubs on campus
Map of Campus:
Spring Break mission trips: Not all, but many students participate in Potter's Clay or Urban Initiative.
- Urban Initiative: Enage the communities of SB, LA, or SF during the week of Spring Break. You will get to expereince, first hand, struggles of inner-city life that oftentimes go unnoticed.
Take-A-Professor-to-Lunch Program: Westmont's Student Government, WCSA, is proud to sponsor a program that allows students to treat their professors to lunch. This program growns in popularity and demand every year, and is a unique mark of Westmont.
Westmont DANCES (and related all student activities) are a big thing.
Spring Sing: Westmont's longest standing tradition.
Limited Dining Common (DC) hours during student holidays
Job listings in SB (exclusive to Westmont students) via WestmontLink
Financial Aid Office: Westmont offers a considerable amount of finanicial aid. For any inquiries regarding scholarships, loans, etc., please contact the office directly.
People from around the world travel to Santa Barbara to visit. And you're now living here!
Hiking Trails: Cold Springs Trailhead is a 15-min. walk from capus. Great additional trailheads include Hot Spring trailhead and Tunnel Road Trailhead.
Farmer's Markets in SB: Large open air Market every Saturday (8:30-1p) on E. Cota St. and Santa Barbara St. There is a Tuesday evening Market on State St., as well as a small Market on Coast Vilage, Friday mornings.
Coffee shops in town:
- Coffee Bean and Starbucks (both on Coast Village. Both very popular by Westmont students. Easy access via Westmont shuttle).
- Cafe Luna (in Summerland)
- The Good Cup ( on State St. and another location on the Mesa)
- Peet's (on upper State)
- The French Press ( State St.)
- Santa Barbara Roasting Company (Lower State Street)
- Handlebar (Canon Perdido St., by State Street).
- Crushcakes Cucakery & Cafe (Anacapa St., by State Street).
Carrillo Swing Dancing: The 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month there are swing dancing lessons and live music at the Carillo Rec Center.
Fun restaurants: Jeannine's Bakery ( 4 different locations in SB), Flavor of India, Zen Yai, Zaytoon, Los Agaves, Blender's, Sojourner Cafe, Silvergreens
Grocery Stores: Von's, Trader Joe's, Tri-County Market, Ralphs, Fresh Market
Art Show every Sunday by the Pier (Cabrillo St. and State St.)
Churches: Santa Barbara is full of churches! Please click here to get a list of various churches in the area.
"First Thursdays:" The first Thursday of every month, there is a free art walk on State Street. Peruse different art galleries and shops and enjoy the evening.
Rent a paddleboard, surfboard, or kayak: There are various water equipment rental locations throughout Santa Barbara. There is one good one on the Wharf, as well as others in the neighboring vicinity.
How do I get involved?
The Westmont's Programs & Resources list is a great way to learn what Westmont offers its students. Please take note of the year-long student leader opportunities.
If I have a specific question about credit transfer, who do I contact?
Elaine Galang is the Assitant Registrar and she will help you with any transfer credit inquiry you may have. Her email is email@example.com.
Who is here to support me?
Please reference the Support tab on this Transfer site to get a list of the Transfer Support team.
How to determine class standing:
I am considered a...
- first year if I have 0-25 units
- second year if I have 26-58 units
- third year if I have 59-91 units
- fourth year if I have above 92 units
A minimum of 124 semester units must be completed in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. More information on page 25 of the Course Catalog
Where can I talk to other transfers to see how they made their transition successful?
Brianna Sanchez transferred Spring semester of her freshman year from San Francisco State University. She's majoring in Music. She plans to graduate Fall or Spring, 2014; and she would love to chat with you! Please feel free to contact her at bsanchez@westmont. edu.
Sierra Garrett transferred in Spring 2010 and is planning on graduating Fall 2014. Sierra transferred in as a Chemistry major on the Pre-Med track but switched to Physics in Fall 2010. Though she'll no longer be a student after December 2014, she'd still love to serve as a contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven Auclair transferred into Westmont in Fall 2013. He is majoring in Social Science with an emphasis in Political Science, and plans to graduate Spring 2015 and then attend graduate school. He is available to answer any questions you may have. Do not hesitate to contact him at email@example.com.
Is the First Year Retreat (FYR) meant for me?
While the FYR is geared towards first-years, you are certainly welcome to attend. Some transfers have particpated in the past, and we welcome their perspective and maturity.
Are transfers allowed to have vehicles?
Eligibility for parking permit privileges is primarily based on class standing. If you have junior or senior class standing, you are eligible for a parking permit. If you have sophomore class standing, you may request a sophomore permit. Be advised, though, that Sophomore permits are very limited; so if you get a Sophomore permit, you are very lucky! For more information on parking permit eligibility, please click here.
Briana Sanchez (Briana transferred Spring semester of her freshman year from San Francisco State University. She’s majoring in music, but she’s been able to take a lot of the math and science courses here, too, which she loves. She plans to graduate Fall or Spring, 2014.)
Here are some thoughts and tips for incoming transfers:
- Transferring can be a scary process, but I was so impressed by how helpful, accommodating, and personal the faculty and staff were in helping me through that process. Even weeks into the school year, they made an effort to see how my transition was going.
- People are really excited to meet and befriend transfers! Before getting to campus, I thought I would have to try really hard to meet and introduce myself to new people, all the time, in the hopes of making new friends. But what I found instead was that more often, others would realize that I was new or that we hadn't met before, and they would approach or introduce themselves first!
- Transferring to Westmont was the best decision I made, and I am so glad that Westmont is my college, and my home. Each transfer has a specific reason(s) for transferring, (and I'm always open to sharing about those reasons!), but all transfer students share the desire to find the school that's best for them, where they feel they belong.
Steven Auclair (Steven transferred into Westmont as a Junior in Fall 2013, after graduating from a community college. He is majoring in Social Science with an emphasis in Political Science, and plans to graduate Spring 2015 and then attend graduate school. Steven comments that, " Westmont is a learning, living, and thriving community that holds Christ at the center of all we do. I highly value the rigor and quality of the liberal arts education, and I am confident you will too!" )
Here are some tips for other transfers:
- Understand how your courses transfer. Check with the Register to ensure that all the classes that need to be transferred have been transferred in the proper way. This will save many headaches down the road and ensure a smooth transition into the Westmont community.
- Explore the different faith traditions at Westmont. Don't shy away from questions of faith on campus; the community enjoys learning from each other and growing with each while retaining their individual faith identity.
- Understand what Westmont wants its graduates to be when they finish their studies here. A good place to start is the reading, “What Do We Want For Our Graduates?” http://www.westmont.edu/_academics/whatdowewant.html