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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Schulze Named Westmont VP of Student Life

Dr. Edee SchulzeEdee Schulze, who has served as Bethel University’s vice president of student life for six years, is Westmont’s new vice president of student life. President Gayle D. Beebe made the announcement in an all-campus email April 22 as students returned from Easter vacation. [more]

Westmont Tops Forbes’ Best ROI Colleges

Students explore microscopic pores in Dr. Frank Percival’s biology classFor the second straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, “The 100 Top ROI Colleges 2014: The Grateful Grads Index.” Westmont, No. 81, is one of three Christian colleges in the list and just one of eight schools in California, including Claremont McKenna, Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Pomona, Mills, USC and Occidental. [more]

Westmont Polo Repeats as National Champions

John Westley, David Samaniego, Tony Uretz, Patrick Uretz, Jake Bergman and Wendy Westley (Frances Hinkle, Westmont Men’s Polo team has repeated as national champions, beating the University of Virginia, 16-13 on April 12 at ERG Arena at Brookshire, Texas. The Warriors beat Colorado State University in the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship last year for the college’s first polo title. Westmont made it to the championship game this year after beating Cornell April 10. [more]

Talk to Probe Character Development, Faith

Dr. Sarah SchnitkerSarah Schnitker, assistant professor of psychology at the Thrive Center for Human Development at Fuller Theological Seminary, examines character strength development and the formation of virtues on Thursday, April 17, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. [more]

Sonos Montecito to Perform April Concerts

Sonos Montecito: Paul Mori, Joanne Kim, Trey Farrell, Andrea DiMaggio and Steve GrossSonos Montecito, a new wind quintet in residence at Westmont, performs a free, public concert Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The quintet, comprised of Westmont’s applied music faculty, will play works by Carl Nielsen, Jacques Ibert and Eric Ewazen. [more]

Warren to Speak to Record Number of Grads

GraduatesPastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe will give the Westmont medal to long-time Montecito neighbor Annette Simmons and her late husband, Harold, who died Dec. 28, 2013. [more]

Orchestra Finale Includes ‘Lord of the Rings’

The 2014 Westmont College OrchestranMichael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor of music and worship, conducts the Westmont Orchestra during the Concerto Concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, and Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. General admission is $10 and students are free. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (805) 565-6040. [more]

Senior Art Show Offers a Sense of Location

Senior ArtworkSixteen graduating art majors present their capstone projects while paying homage to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art on April 3-May 3. The public is invited to a free, opening reception Thursday, April 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. The senior exhibition, “34°26’59.33”N, 119°39’43.29”W,” reflects the longitude and latitude coordinates of the museum that officially opened when they were first-year students. [more]

‘Pirates’ Lands National Accolades

John BlondellWestmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” won three national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized outstanding work from eight regional festivals held Jan. 7-March 1 across the United States. [more]

Yunus Inspires at President’s Breakfast

Muhammad YunusAt the Westmont President’s Breakfast Feb. 28, Muhammad Yunus told inspiring stories about using microcredit to end poverty, captivating a packed room at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree by Hilton Resort. Known as the banker to the poor and the father of microfinance, Yunus believes that credit is basic human right. [more]

Westlake Village Cellist Wins Scholarship

Timothy BeccueCellist Timothy Beccue of Westlake Village won Westmont’s Music Guild Competition on March 1, earning $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. [more]

Westmont Cuts Water Usage During Drought

Westmont campusWestmont is responding to the California drought by continuing to conserve water and by making additional cutbacks in consumption. “We’re committed to maintaining a sustainable campus and conserving resources such as water and power while complying with all county ordinances and expectations,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. [more]

Speech, Debate Tourney Takes Center Stage

The debate finalists pose with Omedi Ochieng and Jean SvobodaSophomore Michael Deiana and junior Corrie Farbstein won top honors at the 17th annual Tournament of Expressions on Feb. 5. Deiana, a psychology major from Phoenix, debated against junior Katie Landis about whether the United States should ban the use of fossil fuels. [more]

New Faculty Bring a Love of Teaching

Sharon Tang-QuanWestmont welcomed four new professors in the fall who have brought a passion for teaching and an appreciation of the college’s community. Nathan Huff (art), Han Soo Kim (music), Sharon Tang-Quan (English) and Felicia Wu Song (sociology) have finished their first semester teaching at Westmont. [more]

Plan Uses Trees to Grow Out of Poverty

Students Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp, Gregg Sanchez and Jake Allbaugh won with their business plan WatermarkA plan to end malnourishment in Haiti took top honors at the 24th annual Westmont Business Plan Competition Dec. 10. The business proposal, Watermark, focuses on using natural, locally grown resources to provide vital nutrients to the people in underdeveloped and rural countries. The plan was created and presented by students Jake Allbaugh, Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp and Gregg Sanchez. [more]

Westmont Lauds Lady Leslie

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree with Gayle and Pam BeebeWestmont hosted a special dinner to honor Montecito resident and philanthropist Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree on Sept. 29 at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. More than 80 guests attended the celebration that featured an inspiring video, “The Role and Impact of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree on Santa Barbara.” The video included testimonies from dozens of beneficiaries of Ridley-Tree’s generosity, [more]

Upcoming Events

Cross Country

Cross Country: Sept. 7, 9 a.m.. Cross Country hosts the Nationball Classic more


Baseball: Mar. 21, 3 p.m., Carr Field. The baseball team hosts Biola more


Track and Field: Apr. 4, 10 a.m. The track and field teams hosts the Sam Adams Combined Events

Westmont Strings

String Chamber Concert: Apr. 6, 8 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont.

Westmont Orchestra

Composers Concert: Apr. 9, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont.


Baseball: Apr. 10, 12 p.m., Carr Field. The baseball team hosts Arizona Christian in a doubleheader more

Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis: Apr. 11, 12 p.m., Tennis Courts. The men's tennis team hosts UC Santa Cruzmore

Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis: Apr. 11, 3 p.m., Tennis Courts. The women's tennis team hosts Biolamore

Westmont student

Jazz Concert: Apr. 16, 8 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont.


Spring Sessions for Prospective Students: Apr. 23. To register call the office of admission or go to

Michelle Hughes

Celebration of Teaching: Apr. 24, 4-5:30 p.m., Founders Room, Westmont. Ceremony honoring student teachers.

Westmont Orchestra

Orchestra Concerto Concert: Apr. 24, 7:30 p.m., Hahn Hall; Apr. 25, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Admission: $10, students:free.

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition: May 15, 4-6 p.m., Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition

Recent Events

Muhammad Yunus

Feb. 28 (Convocation): Muhammad Yunus, President's Breakfast Speaker

Gayle D. Beebe

Apr. 9 (Chapel): Gayle D. Beebe, Westmont president