Student Move-in8 AM - 1 PM

Please follow the signs to park and proceed to your residence hall. Student volunteers will be available from 8am until 1pm to help unload vehicles and carry belongings to rooms. To help with the speed and efficiency of the move-in process, please come to campus according to the following schedule:

  • All Transfer and Consortium 8:00 - 9:30
  • Last names beginning with A-J 8:00 - 9:30
  • Last names beginning with K-R 9:30 - 11:00
  • Last names beginning with S-Z 11:00 - 12:30

Location: Page, Clark, Armington, Emerson, Van Kampen, and Ocean View Halls

Family Hospitality Centers8 AM - 1 PM

While students are moving in, parents are invited to enjoy the Family Hospitality Centers at Page and Clark residence halls. Meet fellow parents and Parents Council members, enjoy light refreshments and conversation.
Location: Page Hall Walkway and Clark A Patio, Lower Level

Welcome Center *8 AM - 1:30 PM

Come to the welcome tent on the lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall to check in for Orientation, pick up your schedule, and gather important materials. Westmont resources and departments are hosting tables under the tent to provide information and answer questions. Parents be sure to check in at the parent tent to pick up nametags, schedules, and handouts from Parent Relations Staff and Parent’s Council members.
Location: Lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall

Computer Set-Up8 AM - 1 PM

Information Technology staff will be available to answer questions, help with set-up, and make future appointments. Download the Student I.T. Guide for related information.
Location: Page and Clark Halls

Campus Walking Tour10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience.
Location: Front of Kerrwood Hall

Lunch11:30 AM - 1 PM

  • Last names beginning with A-J: 11:30 - 12:15
  • Last names beginning with K-R: 11:45 - 12:30
  • Last names beginning with S-Z: 12:00 - 12:45
  • All Transfer and Consortium: 12:00 - 12:45

Location: Dining Commons (D.C.)

Pre-Med Interest Lunch12:45 - 1:45 PM

Students considering a course of study in Pre-Med (or other doctoral level health professions) are encouraged to bring their lunch from the DC and attend an informational gathering with faculty from relevant departments.
Location: Founders Dining Room

Campus Walking Tour1 - 2 PM

An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience.
Location: Front of Kerrwood Hall

Legacy Reception 1 - 1:45 PM

Parents who are Westmont alumni and their students are invited to a dessert reception with President Gayle D. Beebe. A group photograph of children and grandchildren of Westmont alumni will be taken on the Magnolia Lawn at 1:35 pm. Refreshments served.
Location: Magnolia Lawn (in front of the Library)

Welcome Chapel *2 PM

The entire Westmont community and guests are invited to this celebratory opening event of Orientation 2015. Get an insider’s look at Westmont culture followed by a message for all new students from Campus Pastor Ben Patterson.
Location: Murchison Gym

We Are Westmont *3:30 - 4:30 PM

Experience the richness of Westmont’s community through sight, sound and story. Join upper-class students as they share their life and Westmont experiences.
Location: Murchison Gym

Student Life: The Big Picture and How the Pieces Fit3:30 - 4:30 PM

Many experiences related to the holistic education of our students fit under the umbrella of “Student Life” at Westmont. Select one of the following sessions each of which highlight the big picture of Student Life with an emphasis on one aspect of the student’s co-curricular experience. 

  • Career Development and Calling: Learn about the resources Westmont offers to prepare students for the future. Presenters: Dr. Edee Schulze, VP for Student Life & Celia Howen, Director of Career Development and Calling.
    Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room
  • Student Care: Learn about Westmont's approach to caring for students’ emotional, physical and special needs. Presenter: Tim Wilson, Associate Dean of Students; David Hernandez, Director of Health Services; Eric Nelson, Director of the Counseling Center.
    Location: Winter 210
  • Day to Day Life on Campus: Learn about the ebb and flow of daily activities on campus. Presenter: Daniel Clapp, Assistant Director of Campus Life.
    Location: Porter Theatre

First Orientation Small Group Meeting *4:30 - 5:15 PM

Get to know a small group of your peers alongside your Orientation small group leader. You’ll hear about ways to get involved on campus, and learn about important college resources.
Location: Your Small Group Meeting Location

Dinner5:15 - 6:45 PM

Enjoy dinner with your orientation small group.
Location: Dining Commons

Welcome Steak Barbecue for Parents and Families5 - 6:30 PM

Relax on Kerrwood lawn and enjoy a great meal. Hear a brief welcome message from Lisa DeBoer, professor of art. Meet other parents as well as faculty and staff.
Location: Kerrwood Lawn

Out-of-State Parent Reception6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

If you are a parent from out-of-state and would like to meet and connect with other out-of-state parents, join us for this reception located outside of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Presenters will share insights and provide a time for Q & A.
Location: Mosher Patio, Westmont Ridley-Tree Art Center

First Lecture *7 PM

Professor of Chemistry Dr. Michael Everest will deliver a dynamic lecture on your summer reading book Science and Religion in the Quest of Truth by John Polkinghorne. This program is designed to engage your class in a shared academic experience and to give you a peek at classroom life.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

Res Life Night *8:30 PM

This is where you will meet some of your closest community members, including your Resident Director (RD), Resident Assistant (RA), and the other students living in your section.
Location: Page Residents in Page Multipurpose Room; Clark Residents in Murchison Gym; Transfer Students in Armington C Lounge

Transfer/Consortium Student Banana Split Extravaganza9:30 PM

Come meet residence life staff, returning students and other transfer students for food, fellowship, and fun.
Location: Van Kampen Courtyard

Breakfast7:30 - 9 AM

Location: Dining Commons

Individual Student Academic Advising Appointments *8 AM - 12 PM

Check your Orientation folder for a personalized letter to find out the name of your advisor and the time and place of your advising appointment. If you have class schedule changes, please complete an add/drop slip with your advisor and bring it with you to the first day of classes.
Location: Your Academic Advisor’s Office

Continental Breakfast for Parents and Families8:45 - 9:15 AM

Location: Page Hall Patio

Library Open House *9 AM - 12 PM

Stop by to explore the library and fill your library passport with stamps along the way. Trade your library passport for your college ID card. The librarians will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments provided.
Location: Main floor of the Library

Welcome from the President9:15 AM - 10 AM

Meet President Gayle D. Beebe as he welcomes you to the Westmont community, examines the value of a Westmont education in today's world and highlights current college priorities. He will answer questions and members of his executive team will add insights and suggest ways to support your student.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

The Core of the Classroom 10:15 AM - 10:50 AM

Provost Mark Sargent will share about the unique qualities of a Westmont education. Faculty and students will highlight the special quality of the faculty/student relationship at Westmont.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

Your Student's Employment: Now & Later 11 - 11:30 AM

Student & Alumni Employment Coordinator Lori Ann Banez will present information on the importance of your student gaining work experience during their time at Westmont. She will discuss the kinds of positions available on-campus, how students use Job Spot to find employment, how work-study functions, and information about the original documents required of every student before beginning to work.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

Foreign Language Advising11 AM - 12 PM

Students planning to continue taking the same language as in high school must complete the online placement test. A representative from the Modern Language department will be available to help determine the appropriate course for you to take. Faculty will also be administering the 20-minute online test if you think you believe you can satisfy the College’s foreign language general education requirement.
Location: Main floor of the Library, computer lab

Lunch11:30 AM - 1 PM

Location: Dining Commons (D.C.)

Intercultural Programs Picnic11:30 AM - 1 PM

Students of color, international, missionary and third-culture students, and Cultural Diversity Awardees and their families are invited to hear about the programs and opportunities associated with Westmont’s commitment to diversity. Lunch will be served at 11:30am; program begins at noon.
Location: Magnolia Lawn

Get Involved in Campus Life *1:15 - 1:45 PM

You will be introduced to Westmont student organizations and learn about opportunities to get involved throughout the year.
Location: Murchison Gymnasium

The Academic Transition for Transfer Students *1:15 PM

Assistant Registrar Abbey Fragosa will provide information about transferring course credit and help prepare transfer students to make the most of their Westmont experience. The session will conclude with meetings in Orientation small groups.
Location: Winter Hall 210

Second Orientation Small Group Meeting * 1:45 - 2:30 PM

Your small group will be joined by a top notch Westmont faculty member who will give you the scoop on the transition to the college classroom.
Location: Your Small Group Meeting Location

Living in Community: Your Student’s First Year 1:30 PM

This is a time for you to meet the Residence Life staff who will be living with your students and to learn more about the Residence Life philosophy and program.
Location: Clark residence hall families – Kerrwood Lawn
Page residence hall families – Page Multipurpose Room
Transfer student families – Armington C Lounge

Service of Commitment *3 PM

Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of welcome into the Westmont community. Students will sit separately from parents and take their First Walk at the end of the service, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement. This is the last event scheduled for parents.
Location: Murchison Gym

Families Say Goodbye4:30 - 5 PM

Students and families say goodbye before students head off to dinner with their section and families leave campus.
Location: Kerrwood Lawn

Dinner5 - 6:30 PM

Location: Dining Commons

Presidential Scholar's Dinner5 PM

Presidential scholars are invited to an informational meeting to hear more about the challenges and rewards of this important program. All Presidential scholars will have received an invite to this event during the summer.
Location: Founders Dining Room

President's Open House *6:30 - 8:30 PM

All new students are invited to the president’s house for a light dessert. You will attend this semi-formal event with your residence hall section. Transfer and consortium students will meet in the Kerr Student Center parking lot at 6:15pm to walk up together.
Location: President's House

Open Mic Night9:00 PM

Come hear fellow students share their various gifts and talents, including music, writing and more. If you have any developing talents you would like to share, please let your R.A. or Orientation Team Leader know when you arrive.
Location: Page MPR

Breakfast7:30 - 9 AM

Location: Dining Commons

Campus Trail Hike and Vegetable Garden Tour9 - 10 AM

Wander through the campus trails and learn your way around. Maggie Iba, Sodexo’s sustainability coordinator will lead the hike which includes a stop in the Westmont’s Garden.
Location: Meet at Clark Shuttle Stop

Catalyst Program Meeting9 - 10 AM

All confirmed and interested participants may attend this orientation to Catalyst, Westmont’s honors program. Monroe and President’s Scholars are guaranteed admission; Provost’s scholars may petition to participate.
Location: Founders Room

For Women and Men Only Meetings *10:15 - 12 PM

Discuss gender-specific issues that arise in college. Led by Westmont staff, these discussions provide a safe place for candid conversations about topics that matter.
Location: Men, Upper Kerr Student Center; Women, Page Multipurpose Room

Lunch12 - 1 PM

Location: Dining Commons

Choose Your Own Adventure1 - 5 PM

Pool and Fitness Center Open1 - 4 PM

Men's Soccer Game1 PM

Come cheer on the Westmont men’s soccer team as they host Roosevelt University.
Location: Thorington Field

Student Employment Session 1 - 2 PM

Planning to work on or off campus during your years at Westmont? Join the Student/Alumni Employment Coordinator for a detailed discussion of how to access job listings and how to prepare for employment now and in the future.
Location: Porter Theatre

Swing Dance Club 1 - 2:30 PM

Learn to swing dance or practice your moves with the Swing Dance club.
Location: Armington C Lounge

Chemistry Club 1 - 2:30 PM

Did you hate high school Chemistry but loved the demos? Then come and join the Chemistry club for our favorite demonstrations! From experiments with liquid nitrogen to ones we always wanted to do, the Chemistry club cannot wait to have a bit of explosive fun with all those who attend.
Location: Winter 106

Garden Club 2:30 - 4 PM

Join the garden club members in harvesting produce and preparing Gazpacho. We will eat together, discuss the club, and consider the larger vision of sustainable agriculture at Westmont.
Location: Westmont Garden below the track

Philosophy Club 2:30 - 3:30 PM

What is philosophy and should Christians philosophize? Join us for an engaging discussion.
Location: Hieronymus Lounge

Want To Get Away? Off Campus Program Opportunities2:30 - 3:30 PM

Join the Off-Campus Programs Office for a discussion on study abroad and off campus program opportunities. You’ll learn about what to keep in mind as you look ahead.
Location: Founders Room

Women's Soccer Game 3:30 PM

Come cheer on the Westmont women’s soccer team as they host Marymount University.
Location: Thorington Field

Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art Tour 4 - 5 PM

Cool off on an insider’s tour of the air-conditioned art museum led by the museum director. Tour will conclude with light refreshments.
Location: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

BBQ Dinner5 - 6:30 PM

Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner on the baseball field with your classmates.
Location: Carr Field

Line Dance8 PM

Dust off your cowboy hat and rope in the new school year with hundreds of your closest friends at this can’t miss welcome back event.  No experience necessary and upperclassmen encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Westmont Activities Council (WAC).
Location: Murchison Gym

Breakfast7:30 - 9 AM

Location: Dining Commons

Morning Worship

You’re encouraged to attend morning services at the church of your choice. Talk to your RA or a Spiritual Formation Coordinator about connecting with transportation options to various places of worship in town.
Location: Church of your choice

Explore Santa Barbara12 - 5 PM

Head to the beach or explore State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Shuttles will leave from Page Hall every 15 minutes beginning at noon. After 5:00pm, the shuttles will revert to their regular schedules.
Location: East Beach and State Street

Dinner5 - 7 PM

Location: Dining Commons

Third Orientation Small Group Meeting *7 - 8 PM

Orientation small groups meet for a special time of commissioning prior to the start of classes. Class t-shirts will be distributed during these meetings.
Location: Your small group meeting locations

Vespers8 - 9 PM

Come join with fellow students in a time of contemporary worship and singing.
Location: Page Multipurpose Room

First Day of Classes!

Visit the Student Life Events Calendar on the web for up to date activities and events:

  • 9/2 All-Hall Barbecues (D.C. is closed for dinner). Location: Residence Halls
  • 9/3 and 9/10Warrior Wise. Location: Page MPR, First Two Thursday Nights of the School Year
  • 9/18-9/20 First-Year Retreat. Location: Forest Home Ojai
  • 9/18 Class Chapels. Location: Various Locations
  • 9/23 Community Picnic (D.C. is closed for dinner). Location: Kerrwood Lawn
  • 11/6 - 11/7 First-Year Parents Weekend