Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Westmont College! This page will give you all of the information you may need as you and your family transition to Westmont.
When is Orientation?
Fall Orientation begins Thursday, August 28, which is also the day new students move directly into their residence halls. There will be Fall Orientation events through Sunday, August 31. Classes begin on Monday, September 1.
Are there events scheduled for my family?
Family Orientation is Thursday, August 28, and Friday, August 29. The last scheduled event for parents on Friday will end around 5:00pm. Families can find more information on the Parent Relations webpage.
Why do I need an academic advisor?
Academic advisors can be helpful to you in many ways. They can help you explore your options regarding a major and career choices as they listen and learn about you and your strengths and weaknesses. They are great resources when it comes to knowing college academic policies, general graduation requirements, and scheduling classes. They are great people to talk with - and they must sign your forms before you can register!
Who are the academic advisors?
All full-team faculty members and some student life professionals act as academic advisors.
When do I register?
All incoming new students (transfers included) will register for classes online between Monday, August 11, and Friday, August 14. If you have any questions, check out the Registrar's webpage. A toll-free number will be provided for call-in academic advising between August 4- August 14.
When will I receive my registration materials?
Registration instructions and materials for the fall semester will be emailed to all confirmed first-year and transfer students on Thursday, July 24.
Moving on campus
Can I move onto campus before August 28?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to move into the residence halls prior to August 28. Click here for a local hotel guide.
What are the move-in times?
Last Names beginning:
- A-J, 8:00 am-9:30 am
- K-R, 9:30 am-11:00 am
- S-Z, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
- Transfer/Consortium, 8:00 am-9:30 am
Students must move in to their residence halls according to this schedule. Students assigned to the final check in time are encouraged to arrive on campus 30 minutes to an hour before their move in time to stop by the Welcome Center on Kerrwood Lawn. All visitors to the Welcome Center must park on lower campus to allow space for students moving into residence halls to unload.
When do I move-in if I am going on Inoculum?
If you are going on Inoculum, plan to arrive at Westmont no later than 3:30 pm on Thursday, August 8. You will arrive back at Westmont on Tuesday, August 20, around 7:00 pm. Go to the Inoculum website where you can find the Inoculum Form as well as more information.
If I come early for sports, when do I move all my things into my room?
You will transition from your temporary housing to your permanent room assignment about two weeks before Orientation. If you choose to bring all your things when you arrive to start practice, you will need to keep them in your temporary room. If you have any other questions, please contact your coach.
Can I bring a U-Haul?
We strongly suggest you not bring enough "stuff" for your room that fills a U-Haul trailer. Also, the Westmont campus has limited parking so we ask you to park in marked spaces only.
Where do I go first when I arrive for Fall Orientation?
When you arrive at Westmont, go to the upper entrance of campus and follow the signs to the residence hall in which you'll be living; you will unload your belongings, check into your room, move your car to lower campus, and then visit the Orientation Welcome Center (located on the Kerrwood Lawn) to pick up your Orientation folder and schedule.
Are there events for my family at Orientation?
Yes, there are scheduled events for your family. They can learn more by contacting the Alumni and Parent Relations Office. All events for families begin on August 28, and end around 5:00 pm on August 29.
Can my parents/familiy members register me for classes?
No, your parents/family members cannot register you for your classes. Class registration is one of many decisions we encourage students to make.
When do I find out who my roommate(s) is(are)?
For First-Year students, after creating your email password, check the student profile page after August 10th. Afterwards, go to "Personal Information," and then select "Private" for roommate information. Your roommates' home phone numbers will be listed, so take the time to call and get to know each other. On occasion, new students are asigned to a different room after the original housing assignment has been made and posted on the profile. When that occurs, the Housing Office will try to communicate the housing changes by email or phone call.
For Transfers students, please follow the same procedure as First-Year students. Be advised, though, that there are many variables involved with securing housing for transfers; so if you don't see your assignment by August 10th, it should be up there soon! Thanks for bearing with us.
If you have further questions, please contact Dave King, the Housing Director. He'd be more than happy to assist you
For Consortium students and Re-applicants, please call the Housing Office at (805) 565-6037.
What are the general dimensions of my room in Clark or Page? What furniture is my room provided with?
The rooms in Page are set up as triples, so they come with 3 beds, 3 desks, 1 ladder, 12 stackable drawers (4 per person), 1 wardrobe, 1 trash bin, and 1 recycling bin. The rooms also come with standard drapes for the windows.
Clark rooms are set up either as doubles or triples. The vast majority of Clark rooms, though, are doubles; and they are furnished with 2 desks, 2 beds, 8 stacking dresser drawers (for the remodeled sections) or built-in dresser drawers (for the non-remodeled sections), 1 trash bin, 1 recycling bin, and curtains.
Dimensions of a typical Clark room are 11' x 17' or 15' x 13', which is about 177 square feet not including closet space.
Dimensions of a typical Page room are 13' X 13.7', which is about 208 square feet not including closet space.
What size mattresses are in the residence hall rooms?
All on-campus mattresses are extra-long twins (80" x 36")
May I keep a microwave or a micro-fridge in my room?
No, microwaves are not permitted in students' rooms. You may keep a small refrigerator (under 5 cubic feet) in your room. There is an additional charge to defray energy expenses.
May I use nails, double-stick tape, or duct tape to hang posters and artwork on my walls?
No, please only bring small tacks and white (not blue) poster putty to hang artwork in your room.
Do I have to be on the campus meal plan?
Yes, all on-campus students must be on a meal plan. First-year students must be on the unlimited meal plan for the first semester and then may switch to the 15-meal plan for the second semester if they wish.
Where do I send things before school starts?
You will be assigned your MS# (mail stop number) over the summer. You may find out your MS# after August 13th by consulting the student profile page. All of your mail must have this number on it, or it will be delayed. Please make sure you give this MS# to banks, doctors, parents, friends, magazines, etc., as soon as possible. If you need to mail something before Orientation, please send it addressed as follows:
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
If you need to send boxes, please wait to send them until two weeks prior to coming to campus, as we have limited storage space. The on-campus post office will be open during Fall Orientation for you to pick up your boxes. Please refer to the Post Office webpage for more information.
Where do I park when I arrive?
Follow the signs to the residence hall in which you'll be living. After your belongings are unloaded, please move your car down to the lower campus parking lots so we can have room for more people to unload their belongings. There will be a shuttle to transport you back up the hill to the Welcome Center on Kerrwood Lawn.
Are first-year students allowed to have vehicles on campus?
Due to our Conditional Use Permit with the city of Monetcito, First Year students are not able to obtain a permit to opperate their vehicles on campus (including motorcycles or scooters).
If you are a transfer student, please click here to learn more about operating a vehicle on campus.
How can I get around Santa Barbara without a vehicle?
What is an RA?
RA stands for Resident Assistant. RA's are current students that live in the same section and residence hall as you, and they are there to help you throughout the residential learning experience.Your RA will plan events, facilitate community, and help you with any questions you have.
What is an RD?
RD stands for Resident Director. RD's are professional staff members in the Division of Student Life, and they live in the residence halls and are responsible for student development in the residential setting. They also provide leadership for residence hall programming as well as acting as a resource for personal issues students may encounter during the year.
Computer and Internet
How do I get a Westmont email account?
For admitted students, email accounts should already be created and password set. If you have not done so already, you can go here to find out your email address and create a password.
What network access is available from the residence halls?
Westmont provides a high-speed network connection that allows users in-room network and internet access 24-hours a day. Wireless internet can be accessed anywhere on the Westmont campus.
PC or Mac?
Westmont is compatible with both PC and Mac computers. This decision is a personal preference. BUT the library has several public computers (both mac and PC), so you may not need a personal computer at all.
How often is Chapel?
Chapel is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 am to 11:20 am in Murchison Gym.
What happens if I can't make it to all chapels?
Each student is allowed 12 absences from Chapel per semester. To read more information on Chapel, go to the Campus Pastor's webpage.
Where can I go to church?
There is a list of local churches provided in the Student Handbook and also on the Campus Pastor's webpage.
How can I get to church?
Some churches have shuttles that pick up students. On the back of the Chapel cards given at each Chapel, you can request a ride, and the Campus Pastor's office will assist you.
Are there separate Orientation events for transfer students?
Yes, both at Orientation and throughout the year, programs are planned specifically for Transfer students. Stay tuned for the Orientation shedule.
If I have a specific question about credit transfer, who do I contact?
Elaine Galang is the Assitant Registrar and she will help you with any transfer credit inquiry you may have. Her email is email@example.com.
How do I determine my class standing?
I am considered a...
- first year if I have 0-25 units
- second year if I have 26-58 units
- third year if I have 59-91 units
- fourth year if I have above 92 units
A minimum of 124 semester units must be completed in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. More information on page 25 of the Course Catalog
Eligibility for parking permit privileges is primarily based on class standing. If you have junior or senior class standing, you are eligible for a parking permit. If you have sophomore class standing, you may request a sophomore permit. Be advised, though, that Sophomore permits are very limited; so if you get a Sophomore permit, you are very lucky! For more information on parking permit eligibility, please click here.
How can I order my books?
Students are encouraged to place orders online at www.westmonbookstore.com beginning July 15th or after registering for classes. Textbook orders placed by August 24th will be available for pick-up at the Westmont Post Office beginning August 29th. Late textbook orders (after August 24th) can still be reserved online on the bookstore website and will be processed as soon as possible.
The bookstor website offers the correct course materials with a variety of purchase, rental and e-book options. The website also offers comparison shopping for convenience. Your bookstore purchase helps to support the academic mission of Westmont College. Thank you for your support!
Where do I pick up my books?
Your reserved textbooks will be available at the Westmont Post Office during business hours. The Westmont Post Office offers extended hours as well as Saturday hours the first few weeks of class for your convience.
When do I pick up my books?
Textbook reservations may be picked up beginning Friday, August 29th.
What to bring to Westmont
- Recommended: computer, towels & washcloths, alarm clock, flashlight, mug or glass, multiple outlet surge protector, study/reading light, iron, headphones, money for laundry card, pillow & blankets, sheets, laundry bag or basket, laundry supplies, toiletries, and a small basket for carrying personal bathroom supplies.
- Optional: floor rug, stereo, TV, DVD, small refrigerator, bicycle & lock, beach chair, electric fan, and sports equipment
What NOT to bring
- Hot plate, toaster, air conditioner, drums, incense, chairs, desks, beds, microwave, candles, duct tape, alcohol