New Student Registration Information
Welcome to Westmont! We are excited that you are joining our academic community. These steps will give you the information you need to register for your first semester. We trust that it will be full of wonderful learning opportunities!
Throughout this process, if you have questions, want advice, or need help navigating these steps you can contact your Student Success Coach. The Student Records Office is also available at 805-565-6060 (leave a message at this time) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set your Westmont College Email/WebAdvisor Password
Information on your Westmont username and instructions on how to set up your password have already been sent by the Office of Admissions to your personal email account. Please follow those instructions to set up your password. This will be the username and password you will use to log into a number of different systems at Westmont. If you have questions, need help, or are having trouble setting up your password, contact your Admissions Counselor at 800-777-9011 or by email at email@example.com.
Registration Profile Survey
An important early step is completion of the Registration Profile Survey which was sent by the Admissions Office to your email account.
We will use the survey to assign you to a faculty academic advisor in your preferred academic department. By completing the survey you are not declaring your major, but it will help us assign you to an advisor who can help you start exploring your interests.
If you have not decided on a major that is fine! Your academic advisor will still be able to offer guidance and suggestions as you use the general education requirements to explore possible interest areas. In the meantime, you will be working with your advisor to create a first-semester schedule that will fit your needs. You will be able to change your advisor at any time as you take courses and begin to develop relationships with the Westmont faculty.
What Foreign Language Class Should I take?
As part of the general education requirements for your degree you are required to complete one college-level foreign language course, however you are not required to register for a foreign language course in your first semester.
If you plan on continuing the same foreign language you studied prior to Westmont you must take the foreign language placement exam to determine the appropriate level of language to continue your studies. If you want to start a new foreign language you do not need to take the placement exam and may enroll in the beginning semester of the new language.
The password is the same password as your email password.
The placement exam will take about 15-20 minutes. Do not use any resource books, dictionaries or other materials during the placement exam.
If you are already fluent in another language please contact the Modern Languages Department when you arrive on campus for alternative ways to establish your fluency.
Preparing to Register for Your First Semester at Westmont
In this step, you will become familiar with WebAdvisor, Westmont's online academic portal. You can use WebAdvisor at any time to explore class offerings for future semesters, register for classes, and to view your overall progress toward completing your degree.
You need your Westmont username and password to log into WebAdvisor. Use the PREFIX of your email (without the @westmont.edu) as your username when you log in.
- Test your login to WebAdvisor
- Navigate to the Student Menu.
Click on registration day and time on the Student Menu to take note of the time you can enroll in your classes
Every student is unique. Use this tutorial to help you navigate through your Program Evaluation, which shows your progress towards completing your degree requirements.
Click on Search for Sections
What should I take in my first semester?
For the first semester, we suggest one course from the Common Contexts area, one course to explore a potential major, one PE activity, and an additional course from the Common Inquiries or Common Skills areas.
Students should enroll in at least 12 units and no more than 18 units per term.
First-year students can take lower-division courses (numbered 001-099).
A first-semester student will typically have a schedule similar to the one below.
|4||Common Contexts (or Common Inquiries course)
*We do not recommend Christian Doctrine within a student's first-year
|4||Courses toward a potential major (typically Common Inquiries General Education classes)|
|4||Common Inquiries, Common Skills, or a Foreign Language|
Understanding General Education Requirements at Westmont College
Westmont's general education program is organized into 4 main categories:
- Common Contexts: These courses ground Westmont students in a body of defining material and explicitly invite them into an understanding of the Christian liberal arts.
- Common Inquiries: These courses empower students to explore the knowledge, methodologies, and modes of inquiry within a given discipline.
- Common Skills: These courses encourage students to develop verbal, quantitative, and physical dexterity.
- Compassionate Action: These courses give students the opportunity to put their education into action in a variety of ways, many of which may be part of the student's major requirements. This is typically completed in the student's junior or senior year.
You will find a more detailed description of the general education program and its role in your liberal arts education in the Westmont College Catalog.
General Education Courses
The list of approved general education courses may help as you consider which courses to register for each semester. You will find that a number of our general education courses also meet major requirements. This allows you to use the general education program to explore possible major interests. As you begin building a list of possible courses for next semester, start by noting down the course names and numbers of 6-7 courses that look interesting to you from the General Education Courses Grid below. Make sure to choose courses in the Common Context, Common Inquiries, and Common Skills areas. We will add possible major courses to this list in the next step.
This tutorial will help you as you navigate the various screens within WebAdvisor so that you can view which courses are offered next semester. Use your list of 6-7 possible courses to see if those courses are offered next semester and if so, what times they are offered. You should now have a longer list of possible classes to choose from. If not, you may need to go back into the General Education Courses Grid to add in additional class section options before moving to the next step.
Many courses in the General Education Courses Grid will satisfy two general education requirements as noted in the "Other GE" column.
Transfer students are not restricted to lower-division courses and may take any course as long as they meet the prerequisites.
Here is a helpful guide on how transfer work is evaluated and transferred to Westmont College.
The links below will help you plan for how any Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits are applied to a student's record.
- Click here to review how accepted AP test scores will benefit you at Westmont College.
- Click here to review how accepted IB test scores will benefit you at Westmont College.
- Check your Westmont Unofficial Transcript and Program Evaluation to view accepted scores in WebAdvisor. Credit will be posted as it is received by the Student Records Office.
How can I get started on my major now?
Westmont has provided the sample plans below to outline course suggestions for the first year in each discipline. These sample plans help by providing potential major courses to your list of first-semester courses. Keep in mind that these are sample plans. Not every student will complete the major in the same way.
If you are currently unsure of your major, don't worry! The general education requirements are designed to cross disciplines so that you can experience different aspects of Westmont's academic offerings. Focusing first on completing your general education requirements will help you discover what majors might interest you.
Once you have a list of possible other classes, use the Schedule Planner to help you create a preferred schedule with no time conflicts. Use the remaining class sections on your list as backup courses in the event that your preferred sections are already closed.
- View the major and minor requirements in the Westmont College Catalog.
- View the first-year sample plans for each discipline below.
Using WebAdvisor to Select and Register for Classes
Now that you are familiar with Westmont's general education classes and have reviewed your initial schedule you are ready to finalize your schedule. Using your completed schedule planner with the list of 8-10 possible courses you are ready to register for classes!
- .On the Student Menu in WebAdvisor, click Register and Drop Sections
- This registration tutorial will help you create your preferred sections in WebAdvisor.
- On your appointed registration day and time use this Register and Drop Sections tutorial to walk you through the final steps of registration.
- Once you have registered, double-check My Class Schedule on your WebAdvisor main to make sure that your class registration was successful.
Some notes on registration:
- If the course title includes "w/lab" you must also register for the lab section associated with the course. For example, the lecture section of the General Chemistry w/lab course is CHM-005-1 and the lab section of the course is General Chemistry, CHM-005L.
- Be flexible with the time offerings for courses. Be prepared by selecting backup courses in case your first choices have closed by the time you register.
- To ensure that you are not prevented from registering for a specific course due to a prerequisite requirement you may attempt to register for courses before your appointed time. If you have not met the prerequisite requirements of a particular class or if there are any other issues you will receive a warning message indicating the issue with your registration in the class. Be sure to resolve these issues prior to your actual registration time.
I'm on a Waitlist. Now what?
When a class has reached its capacity its status is changed to "Closed". When a student adds themselves to the waitlist, the course is still closed, but the status of the course is changed to "Waitlisted." A student on the waitlist will not automatically be moved into the course from the waitlist, even if a space becomes available.
If you are waitlisted for a course, you are responsible for moving yourself from the waitlist into the closed course by obtaining instructor approval.
Adding & Dropping Classes
After you register for your initial classes, you still have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule via WebAdvisor until the day before the first day of classes each semester.
However, on the first day of class, you will no longer be able to use WebAdvisor to make changes to your schedule. You will need to either get an Add/Drop form from the Student Records Office or have the instructor add or drop you from their course on WebAdvisor.
To make schedule changes using an Add/Drop form:
- Pick up the form in the Student Records Office, or print it off from the Student Records Office website.
- Fill in the course information for the Department, Number and Section as it appears in WebAdvisor in either the Add Courses or Drop Courses sections, depending on the schedule change you wish to make.
- Have the instructor sign the form next to their course.
- Bring the Add/Drop form back to the Student Records Office to finalize the schedule change(s) before the Add/Drop Deadline.
Student Success Coaches and the Student Records Office staff members are here to support you in your transition to Westmont!
The Student Success Coaches and the Student Records Office staff are knowledgeable about schedule options, navigating WebAdvisor, and other tools for new students. Please reach out to them as needed during the registration process.
Before you reach out to the Student Success Coaches and the Student Records Office, please review all of the information in the Registration Checklist tabs and have a list of questions prepared. Friends and family are welcome to assist you in the registration process, but it's important to know that federal laws protect a student's academic privacy. Without the student's consent, there are some questions we may not be able to discuss over the phone unless the student is present and active in the conversation.
Contacting the Student Success Coaches and the Student Records Office staff members is a great opportunity for students to be "in the driver's seat" on their first-semester schedule.
If students have any questions or concerns about the registration process, they can contact their Student Success Coach. Each student has received an email on how to set up an appointment with their Student Success Coach.
If you would like to talk with a Student Records Office staff member, call 805-565-6060 (leave a message at this time) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.