About Deeper Thinking. Wider Impact.

Welcome to Westmont

We trust you will enjoy the people, resources and facilities of this extraordinary campus. You will find here much to explore, from the arts to astronomy, from athletics to beautiful gardens, from the resources of the library and science labs to those of music and chapel programs. But mostly, Westmont is about people, and that’s our greatest resource: faculty, students and staff— they are the best! Enjoy.

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Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D.
President, Westmont College


Mission Statement

Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God's kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.

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Brief Timeline of Events


Bible Missionary Institute founded and it met in First Fundamental Church in Los Angeles on Alvardo Street.

Spring 1939

Bible Missionary Institute was renamed Western Bible College.

Fall 1939

Western Bible College moved to Westmoreland Street, Los Angeles.

Spring 1940

Western Bible College was renamed Westmont College.

Summer 1945

Westmont purchased and relocated to a portion of the current property of the campus, El Tejada (the Murphy Estate) in Montecito from Charles and Eva Holland.


Westmont College earned its accreditation.



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Westmont offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in 26 liberal arts majors, 11 pre-professional programs, an elementary and secondary credential program, and up to 12 units for internships and practica.


National Rankings

Forbes has recognized Westmont as #123 in Private Colleges, #68 in Liberal Arts Universities, and #23 among national liberal arts colleges whose graduates earn the highest salaries.

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Community Service

Students are actively involved in the life of the community as volunteers, employees, and interns for a wide variety of businesses and organizations. They serve more than 30 student-run ministries on and off campus. During spring break, several hundred students travel to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ensenada to join local churches, organizations, and ministries in their service to these communities.

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