An Introduction To Westmont

Westmont, a nationally ranked liberal arts college, offers a personalized, residential Christian undergraduate experience and a rigorous academic program on an ocean-view campus in Santa Barbara. In addition to bachelor of arts and science degrees in 26 majors, the college offers a fifth-year education credential program. At Westmont it is our objective to help students grow intellectually, socially and spiritually. In addition to the on-site academic program, they may take advantage of cross-cultural experiences, study programs at home and abroad, internships with businesses, leadership development, and volunteer activities in the community.

Approximately 1300 undergraduates (including 100 in off-campus programs) enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1, and an average class size of 18, which allows them to develop close relationships with outstanding faculty who are committed to teaching and involving undergraduates in research.

Beyond the classroom, students may participate in a vibrant creative and performing arts program, give time to more than 20 student-led ministries, work for one of four campus media outlets, and compete in an extensive intercollegiate and intramural athletics program. Westmont’s intercollegiate teams have won seven NAIA national championships, most recently the 2003 women’s soccer title.

U.S. News & World Report rankings place Westmont among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Only two other members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities are included in this select group. Numerous publications also cite the college among its top schools, including Barron’s Best Buys in College Education; and Best Buys in College Education, edited by Edward Fiske.

Founded in 1937, the college is located on a beautiful 111-acre hillside campus, with adjacent housing for 41 faculty on 29 acres. The annual operating budget is $61 million. Funds serving as endowment total $77 million.