News and Events

Christmas Fest ‘Gives Light to the Nations’

Christmas Fest Gives Light to the NationsThe 11th annual Westmont Christmas Festival, a popular family tradition in Santa Barbara, features early and contemporary holiday music Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. The Saturday evening concert has already sold out. Purchase tickets to this year’s performance, “I Will Give You as a Light to the Nations,” for $15 apiece online only at Please call (805) 565-7140 for more information. [more]

Westmont Hosts Tree Lighting, Santa

Westmont Hosts Tree Lighting, SantaWestmont kicks off the Christmas season with the 14th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. Following caroling and the annual Pickle Address, a mystery tree lighter will throw down the massive switch that lights a 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known for the past 10 years as the Pickle Tree. The event is free and open to the public. [more]

Scholarship Makes Westmont More Affordable

Scholarship Makes Westmont More AffordableBeginning in fall 2016, Westmont will award scholarships covering $140,000 for four years of study to 30 applicants each year. An extraordinary gift from a generous donor will fund the new Augustinian Scholarship and Honors Program. By 2019, 120 Augustinian Scholars will benefit each year from significant financial assistance and challenging coursework. [more]

More than 20 ‘Just Dance!’ at Fall Concert

More than 20 ‘Just Dance!’at Fall ConcertThe Westmont Fall Dance Concert, “Just Dance!” featuring more than 20 student dancers and choreography by faculty members Susan Alexander and Christina Sanchez, is Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $10 for general admission; $7 for students, seniors or children, may be purchased online at or by calling (805) 565-7140. [more]

Campus Comes Alive with Music this Month

Campus Comes Alive with Music this MonthWestmont student musicians and composers present diverse concerts this month, all free and in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The Composer’s Concert on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m highlights new works by Westmont student composers performed by both fellow students and the composers themselves. [more]

Museum Shows Off New Contemporary Art

Museum Shows Off New Contemporary ArtThe Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art shows off some of the amazing art it has acquired in the past five years in “Saar, Serra, Surls and More: Thirty New Acquisitions in Contemporary Art” Oct. 29-Dec. 19. An opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m. is 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]

New Scholarship Helps South African Students

New Scholarship Helps South African StudentsA new scholarship will provide two full-ride scholarships each year for two South African students to attend Westmont. Beginning in fall 2016, two black, male graduates of Michaelhouse, a Christian boarding school for boys in KwaZulu-Natal, will receive these awards. In the scholarship’s fourth year and each subsequent year, eight Michaelhouse Scholarship students will study at Westmont. A related program will offer full scholarships to graduate school in South Africa for each Michaelhouse Scholar who graduates from Westmont. [more]

Westmont Earns Top-100 U.S. News Ranking

Westmont Earns Top-100 U.S. News RankingWestmont jumped three spots and is ranked in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2016 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 93 out of the nation’s 245 liberal arts colleges. [more]