Letter from the President

Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D., PresidentWelcome 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.

Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D.

Quick Facts


October 29, 1937

Motto: Christus Primatum Tenens: Christ Holding Preeminence
Enrollment: 1,303 students total (with 1,177 on campus in Santa Barbara) from 44 states, 16 countries, and 33 denominations (Fall 2017)
Personnel: 99 full-time faculty and 250 staff; 98 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty have earned terminal degrees; the student/faculty ratio is 11 to 1; average class size is 17 (2017-18)
Alumni: 23,148 living alumni (December 2015)
Campus: 111 acres with 31 major buildings (December 2017)
Library: Over 150,000 books, scores, and media; approximately 30,000 print and full-text online journals; and over 100 database collections. (November 2014)
Accreditation: WASC Senior College and University Commission; California State Board of Education; National Association of Schools of Music
Tuition & Fees (details): $42,890 (2017-18)
Room/Board: $13,886 (2017-18)
Budget: $79.6 million (2017-18)
Endowment: $86.4 million (October 2017)
Mission: 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.