Liberal Arts
Westmont's rigorous liberal arts program teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively, preparing them to succeed in a quickly changing and culturally complex world. Classes that range from the sciences to the humanities provide a rich and increasingly rare education encompassing all areas of life and promoting intellectual, spiritual and personal growth.
Christian
At Westmont, Jesus Christ holds preeminence. With our commitment to historic Christianity, we encourage students to integrate their beliefs with their studies and to live out their faith in service to others. Rooting the liberal arts in Christ means that we educate the whole person and encourage students to develop biblically based, intellectually strong convictions and worldviews.
Residential
The strong, caring residential community at Westmont creates a climate conducive to intellectual inquiry, personal growth, open communication and lasting friendships. Living among supportive Christian friends and mentors, students feel free to explore the breadth of the liberal arts and examine the implications of their faith as they develop into mature, and committed men and women.
Undergraduate
Westmont devotes itself exclusively to undergraduate courses, concentrating on a critical time of life when students make decisions shaping their future. Our focused, engaging and personal program offers small classes taught by full-time faculty, close interaction with professors outside the classroom, and opportunities to participate in significant research projects.
Global
Westmont offers a global program that prepares students to live in a diverse, complex and quickly changing society so they can take their place as citizens of the world. The breadth of the liberal arts curriculum, the opportunity to study or serve overseas and an emphasis on developing an international perspective help graduates make a seamless transition to a global marketplace.

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Racers Seek to Tame the Westmonster 5K

WestmonsterThe sixth annual Westmonster, dubbed Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race, returns to the scenic Westmont campus Friday, July 17, at 6:15 p.m. The race is a family-friendly event and is open to everyone. An early registration fee of $35 is available through June 30, after which the registration fee increases to $40. High school and Westmont students may participate for $25. Children (up to 14 can take part in the 5K race for $20. Same-day registration at the track begins at 5 p.m., but participants are encouraged to register online at http://www.westmont.edu/westmonster. [more]

Youth Summer Sports Camps Underway

Westmont summer camp director Jeff AzainWestmont summer sports camps, a more than 25-year tradition in Montecito, began June 22 with sports skills camp, developing motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10. Basketball camp, which also began this week, has been around nearly 40 years at Westmont. John Moore, men’s head basketball coach, recalls being an incoming senior at Westmont when then Head Basketball Coach Chet Kammerer asked him and his sister to help with the first basketball camp at Westmont. [more]

Unique Program Offers Taste of College

Dr. Carmel Saad Teaching Summer Scholars in 2014Twenty high school seniors and incoming first-year Westmont students will begin experiencing college life at Westmont June 22-July 10 while earning college credits. In its fifth year, the Westmont Summer Scholars program allows high school seniors and recent high school graduates to take three weeks of intensive classes while living on campus in a residence hall. [more]

Westmont and Pepperdine Launch New Partnership

The Hutton Parker Foundation Building in downtown Santa BarbaraWestmont College and Pepperdine University today announced an agreement to offer a new program in shared space in downtown Santa Barbara. Beginning in fall 2015, Westmont Downtown, a new center in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building in Santa Barbara, will host a Santa Barbara-based, two-year, part-time MBA program through the nationally ranked Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. Westmont Downtown also offers Westmont programs and classes in social entrepreneurship, capital entrepreneurship, and leadership and management as well as internships with local businesses and organizations. [more]

Local Artists Featured in ‘Vital’ Exhibition

Bill Dewey's 'Sacramento Delta Patterns'Ciara Ennis, director and curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries, juries an art exhibition featuring 37 pieces by 29 artists living and working in the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties May 21-June 20 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “VITAL: Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. [more]

Trustees Challenge Earns $467-K for Scholarships

Trustee ChallengeThe Westmont Trustee Challenge, which began with a matching gift of $100,000 by the Westmont Board of Trustees, has raised $467,000 to support student scholarships. After one week, alumni, parents and friends had exceeded the initial challenge, so the board offered an additional $100,000 matching gift. By the end of the two-week challenge, every goal has been exceeded. [more]

Veterans Find Aid, Faith at Westmont

Patrick BurreeTwo military veterans, who received financial assistance through the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI), have completed their first semesters at Westmont. Juniors Patrick Burree, 26, and Bradley Mora, 32, had very different military experiences, but both have appreciated Westmont’s rigorous academics rooted in Christ. Mora, an Army veteran who hopes to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant, transferred from Santa Barbara City College. [more]

Upcoming Events

Westmont Observatory

Observatory: July 17, 7:30pm.
Weather permitting, the observatory is open for public viewing. more

Westmont Observatory

Westmonster 5K: July 17, 6:15pm.
Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race returns. more

Orientation

Orientation: August 27-30
Move-in Day: August 27
First Day of Classes: August 31 more

Recent Events

Commencement

Commencement:
May 8-9, 2015. Watch videos of baccalaureate and commencement speakers