First-Year Experience Spring Orientation FAQs
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We hope this information will answer your questions and help you and your family transition to Westmont.
Spring Orientation FAQs
When is Orientation?
Spring Orientation begins Saturday, January 5th at 3pm in Hieronymus Lounge located in the Kerrwood Hall. Students can move into the residence halls between noon - 2pm on Saturday, January 5th. There will be Spring Orientation events through Sunday, January 6th. Classes begin on Monday, January 7th.
Are there events scheduled for my family?
There is a campus tour at 2pm on Saturday, January 5th. The Welcome Session on Saturday, January 5th at 3pm in Hieronymus Lounge is geared for new students and their families. Parents can find more information on the Parents & Families 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. You will be assigned an academic advisor when you arrive for Orientation and you will be scheduled to meet with your advisor during the first week of classes.
Who are the academic advisors?
All full-team faculty members and some student life professionals act as academic advisors.
When do I register?
Spring transfer students register for classes on a rolling basis after you confirm your admission, beginning December 11th. You will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions on registering for classes. If you have any questions, check out the Registrar's page.
Can I move onto campus before January 5th?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to move into the residence halls prior to January 5th. Click here for a local hotel guide.
What is the move-in time?
Students can move into their residence hall between noon-2pm on Saturday, January 5th.
Where do I go first when I arrive for Spring 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, and meet at 3pm in Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall for a Welcome Session and to have your ID Card photo taken.
When do I find out who my roommate(s) is(are)?
Once your Westmont e-mail account is activated you can check the student profile page. 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 assigned 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.
You may also call the Housing Office for more information at (805) 565-6037.
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. New 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) shortly after you confirm your admission to Westmont. You may find out your MS# 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 on Monday, January 7th for you to pick up your boxes. Please refer to the Post Office page for more information.
Where do I park when I arrive?
Follow the signs to the residence hall in which you'll be living. There will be parking available at each hall.
Are first-year students allowed to have vehicles on campus?
Unfortunately because of the limitations to the Westmont campus, first-year students are not able to have vehicles on campus (including motorcycles or scooters).
How can I get around Santa Barbara without a vehicle?
What is an RA?
RA stands for Resident Assistant. RAs 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. RDs 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.
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 page.
Where can I go to church?
There are lots of great churches in the Santa Barbara area. Students generally talk with professors or friends to get recommendations of local churches.
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.
How can I order my books?
Students are encouraged to place orders online. Books are not available for in person pick up at the Westmont Bookstore. Students ordering textbooks online will have their books delivered to their campus mailbox. The Mail Center will be open to pick up textbooks on Sunday, January 6th between 2-5pm, Monday, January 7th, 8:30am - 4pm and then regular hours on all consecutive days.
Where do I pick up my books?
When you are on campus your reserved textbooks will available for you to pick up at the Westmont post office once you have received a notification message through e-mail.
What to bring to Westmont
- Multiple Outlet Surge Protector
- Towels and Washcloths
- Blankets, Pillows, and Fitted Sheets for extra-long twin mattresses (80"x36")
- Alarm Clock
- Study/Reading Light
- Flashlight (for power outages)
- Mug, and Water Bottle
- Laundry Bag/Basket with Laundry Supplies
- Toiletries and a small basket for carrying personal bathroom supplies.
- Painting Tape or Command Strips to use for Decorating Walls
- Optional: Bicycle with Kryptonite or similar lock, sports equipment (frisbee, tennis racket, racquetball rackets, spike ball set, etc.), radio/stereo system, small refrigerator (up to five cubic feet, and there is a $30 fee for use), florescent torchiere floor lamp, coffee pot or electric kettle, TV/DVD/game system, sleeping bags or hiking gear, beach chair, acoustic guitar/hand drums/keyboard
What NOT to bring
- Hot plate, microwave (provided in Residence Hall kitchens), toaster/toaster oven, halogen torchiere floor lamp, regular extension cords, candles/oil lamps, incense, drum set, chairs, deskes, or beds (rooms are furnished, and there is often no speace to store excess furnishings), air conditioner, duct tape to use for decorations (will cause damage to walls)