Philosophy of Education

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.

Liberal Arts. As a liberal arts college, Westmont seeks to help its students become certain kinds of people, not mere repositories of information or mere possessors of professional skills. More...

General Education

In the tradition of the liberal arts, Westmont’s academic program requires students to set their major programs of study within the larger context of General Education. The General Education framework ensures that students’ major programs will be supported by the skills, the breadth of knowledge, the strategies of inquiry, and the practices that will enable them to mature in wisdom throughout their lives and to apply their learning effectively in the world around them. More...

Majors & Programs



Academic News

Welcoming New Students, Class of 2019

Welcoming New StudentsOrientation begins for 339 first-year students and 52 new transfer students Thursday, Aug. 27. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 31. The new students represent four countries and 31 states. Thirty students come from Santa Barbara County and 12 are international, missionary or third-culture students. [more]

David Winter Service Set for Aug. 29

David WinterThe memorial service for Westmont President Emeritus David K. Winter, who died Aug. 15, 2015, at the age of 84, will occur Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church on the corner of State and Constance Streets in Santa Barbara. [more]

Westmont Tops New College Rankings

Westmont Tops New College RankingsThree new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. For the third straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment. Westmont, listed No. 64, is one of only three Christian colleges nationally and just one of nine schools in California. Last year Forbes ranked Westmont No. 74. [more]

Goodman, Puccinelli’s ‘Tug’ Opens Art Season

Goodman, Puccinelli’s ‘Tug’ Opens Art SeasonThe Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features well-known local artists Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli in its season-opening exhibition Sept. 2-Oct. 17. The museum will host a reception for “tug: Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli,” featuring the artists, Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 4:30-7 p.m. The artists will give a lecture about their work on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Adams Center, room 216. All events are free and open to the public. [more]

Westmont in Top 10 of Entrepreneurial Colleges

Westmont in Top 10 of Entrepreneurial CollegesWestmont ranks as No. 10 on Forbes’ 2015 list of the 50 most entrepreneurial colleges in the nation. The magazine evaluated the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on entrepreneurial ratios: the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). This year they separated research universities and smaller colleges. [more]

Westmont Launches New Music Academy

Westmont Academy for Young ArtistsThe new Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA), an intensive 10-day program for young musicians, offers two faculty concerts on Aug. 13 and 20 at 3:30 p.m. and two student concerts Aug. 14 and 21 at 3:30 p.m., all in Deane Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public. [more]

Planning Commission OKs Leadership Center

Westmont Institute for Global Learning and LeadershipThe Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) unanimously approved Westmont College’s designs for a new residential facility and determined that the design is consistent with the college’s Master Plan on July 15. Part of the new Westmont Institute for Global Learning and Leadership, the Leadership Center will house students participating in leadership programs and some of the programs included in the institute. [more]