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.
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 IT Guide for more 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 - 1 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 (Kerr Student Center)

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 President’s Patio at 1:35 pm. Refreshments served.
Location: President's Patio, Kerrwood Hall

Welcome Chapel *2 PM

The entire Westmont community and guests are invited to this celebratory opening event of Orientation 2014. President Gayle D. Beebe will discuss the founding values of the college followed by a message for all new students from Campus Pastor Ben Patterson.
Location: Murchison Gym

We Are Westmont *3:30 - 5:15 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. The session will conclude with meetings in Orientation small groups.
Location: Murchison Gym

Living in Community: Your Student's First Year3:30 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.
Locations: Clark residence hall families – Porter Theatre
Page residence hall families – Page Multipurpose Room
Transfer student families - Armington C Lounge

Dinner5:15 - 6:45 PM

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

Santa Barbara Style Tri-Tip and Chicken BBQ for Parents and Families5 - 6:30 PM

Relax on Kerrwood lawn and enjoy one of Santa Barbara’s best meals. Hear a brief welcome message from Spanish Professor Mary Docter. 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

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Thomas Knecht will deliver a dynamic lecture on your summer reading book Healing for a Broken World by Steve Monsma. 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

Please look at the academic advising letter in your Orientation folder 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 Faculty Advisor’s Office

Continental Breakfast for Parents and Families8:45 AM

Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

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 Voskuyl 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

The Ins and Outs of Your Student's Employment11 - 11:30 AM

Student & Alumni Employment Coordinator Lori Ann Banez will present information on student employment.
How does "work-study" work? What positions are available? What is WestmontLink? What original documents does every student need in order to be hired, and more!
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

Foreign Language Testing11 AM - 12 PM

The test should be taken only by those students who think they will place into the fourth semester college level of their language or higher. Students who think they will place into one of the first three semesters of their language can take the exam online in their rooms using the instructions found here: It will take approximately 20 minutes to take the test online. If you think you will place into the fourth semester college level or higher in your language, and your advising appointment occurs during this time period, plan to take the exam either just before or just after your advising session. A representative from the Modern Language department will be available to discuss test results and help determine the appropriate level of language course for you to take. A score on the test that places you at the fourth semester college level will satisfy the College’s foreign language general education requirement. Students who have scored a 4 or 5 on a foreign language AP exam, or have successfully completed one semester of a foreign language at a college or university will also have satisfied the foreign language GE requirement.
Location: Computer Lab on the main floor of Voskuyl Library

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

Westmont Past and Present *1:15 PM

Join Professor of Mathematics Russell Howell and Professor of Psychology Andrea Gurney as they share about the fascinating history and traditions of Westmont College. The session will conclude with meetings in Orientation small groups where faculty will discuss your transition to the college classroom.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

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

The College Transition: What Parents and Families Can Expect1:30 PM

Dr. Edee Schulze, Vice President of Student Life, and Stu Cleek, Associate Dean for Residence Life, will present information about the adjustment to college, typical transition issues and how families can best support their student.
Location: Lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall

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

Celebration of Food and Cultures5 - 6:30 PM

Meet student representatives from the five intercultural organizations and experience delicious cuisine from each culture.
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 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 R.D. 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 *10:30 - 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

Warrior Family Festival1:30 - 3:00 PM

Join us for an afternoon of fun games and friendly competition while getting to know your classmates better.

Location: Lovik Field

For Further Information3 - 5 PM

During this time, you are encouraged to visit one or more of the following programs:

  • 3-4 PM, Student Employment Session, hosted by the Office of Life Planning.
    Location: Founders Room

  • 4-5 PM, Want To Get Away? hosted by Off-Campus Programs
    Location: Founders Room

BBQ Dinner and Church Fair5 - 6:30 PM

Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner on the baseball field with your classmates which checking out options for local worship. Representatives from churches will provide information about opportunities to worship in the community, including service times and transportation options.
Location: Lovik Field

Line Dance8 PM

Come prepared to take your shoes off and learn some country line dancing skills! No experience is necessary to have a good time. This event is 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 about connecting with transportation options to various places of worship in town. Or, visit our Church Connections website to try to arrange a ride: visit our Church Connections website.
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

Small Groups Meet *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: Page Patio or location specified by your small group leader

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:

  • 9/3 All-Hall Barbecues (D.C. is closed for dinner). Location: Residence Halls
  • 9/4 and 9/11Warrior Wise – Page MPR, First Two Thursday Nights of the School Year
  • 9/19-9/21 First-Year Retreat at Forest Home Ojai
  • 9/22 First-Year Class Chapel. Location: Murchison Gym
  • 9/23 Community Picnic including Club Fair (D.C. is closed for dinner). Location: Kerrwood Lawn
  • 11/14 - 11/15 First-Year Parents Weekend