COVID-19 Update: Incoming Students
Check back regularly for updates to our plans for the fall semester. If you have questions that don’t appear here, please contact us at 805-565-6000.
Latest Update: May 15, 2020
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions on Repopulating Campus in the Fall
Is Westmont planning to open on time for the fall semester?
Yes. Westmont is currently planning to open for fall classes Monday, August 31, 2020.
Is new student orientation going to occur prior to the start of classes? What will it look like?
Currently, we are planning to conduct new student orientation Thursday, August 27, through Sunday, August 30. We are making plans to ensure that this event is compliant with physical distancing recommendations.
Is there a plan for social distancing on campus, if the state or county continues to recommend these practices?
We are actively working on several scenarios that will allow students to maintain appropriate physical distance while residing at Westmont. These include reducing the size of classes, holding classes outdoors and reducing the seating capacity of our Dining Commons.
If there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Santa Barbara, how is Westmont prepared to respond?
Thankfully, Westmont has had an infectious disease response plan in place for years. The current pandemic has prompted some updates, but the basic plan remains intact.
Will the fall athletic season continue as planned?
A determination on fall sports has yet to be reached. We are closely monitoring responses and recommendations from multiple levels of athletics, including professional leagues, NAIA and NCAA, to determine best practices for conducting athletic events in this environment.
If the fall athletic season cannot proceed as planned, what will happen to athletic scholarships?
Athletic scholarships offered to student athletes will remain intact, regardless of the state of play for the 2020-21 academic year.
Will Westmont award credit for AP and IB courses this year?
Yes! Although The College Board has modified exams for AP testing and International Baccalaureate has canceled exams, incoming students may still earn college credit for their advanced classes taken in high school this year. See our credit by examination policy for details.