Student Schedule

8:00 am - 11:00 am: Residence Hall Move-In
*See more information at the link above
First Year Students:
8:00am - 8:30am  A - Da
8:30am - 9:00am De - I
9:00am - 9:30am J - M
9:30am - 10:00am N - R
10:00am - 10:30am S - V
10:30am - 11:00am W - Z

Transfer Students:
8:00am - 9:00am A - M
9:00am - 10:00am N - Z

9:00 am - 1:30 pm: Welcome Tent **
Come to the Welcome Tent on the lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall to check in for Warrior Welcome and get your name badge and lanyard. Westmont resources and departments are hosting tables under the tent to provide information and answer questions.

Thursday, August 22

9:00 am - 2:00 pm: IT Open House
Make sure your technology is fully set up for the semester by heading downstairs at the library to visit the IT department.  Get your ID photo taken, make sure you can connect to Westmont's network, log in to the myWestmont portal, and more.  If you visited on Thursday for your ID photo, you can pick up your ID card on Friday.

9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Health Center Open Hours
Stop by the Health Center on lower campus to meet the Health Center staff and visit the space. The staff is looking forward to supporting you during your time at Westmont.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Campus Walking Tour (Option 1)
An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience.

11:00 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Your lunch time is determined by your move-in time to prevent long lines!
Move-in from 8-9am: 11-11:45am
Move-in from 9-10am: 11:45am-12:30pm
Move-in from 10-11am: 12:30-1:30 pm
All Transfer Students: 12:30-1:30 pm

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: IT Open House
Make sure your technology is fully set up for the semester by heading downstairs at the library to visit the IT department.  Get your ID photo taken, make sure you can connect to Westmont's network, log in to the myWestmont portal, and more.  If you visited on Thursday for your ID photo, you can pick up your ID card on Friday.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Legacy Reception
Westmont alumni parents and their students are invited to a dessert reception with President Gayle Beebe, where a group photograph will be taken and refreshments will be served on Magnolia Lawn outside of Voskuyl Library.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: What to Expect as a Westmont Student Athlete **Required for new varsity athletes 
New athletes and their parents are invited to connect with other incoming athletes and hear from athletic administration, coaches and current athletes about what to expect as a student athlete at Westmont. This event is for varsity sport athletes only. Location: Page MPR.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Campus Walking Tour (Option 2)
An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Pre-Health Interest Session
Students considering Pre-Health studies are encouraged to attend an informal gathering with faculty from relevant departments in the Founders Dining Room.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Worship & Prayer 
Stop by the Murchison Gym anytime between 2:15-3:15pm to pause in the midst of a full day for an optional time of prayer and worship. Our God is good. Prayer teams will be available outside of the gym to pray with and for you. Musical worship will be led by members of the chapel band.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Welcome Session **
Join us for this celebratory opening event of Warrior Welcome 2023 in the Murchison Gym. President Gayle D. Beebe will extend an official Westmont welcome, followed by an introduction to this year's Orientation Team and a message from our Campus Pastor.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Warrior Welcome Small Group Meeting #1 **
Get to know a small group of your peers alongside your Orientation small group leader!

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Taco 'Bout Getting Involved Dinner **
Enjoy a taco dinner with your Warrior Welcome small group while "talking about" involvement opportunities on campus!

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Res Life Night **
Come to the Page MPR if you're living in Page, the Clark A Lounge if you're living in Clark, Emerson 2nd Floor Lounge if you're living in Emerson, and Armington C Lounge if you're a transfer student! Meet some of your closest community members — including your Resident Director (RD), Resident Assistant (RA), and other students living in your section!

** required

Friday, August 23

7:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast
Come eat breakfast in the Dining Commons!

8:30 am - 11:00 am: Library Open House **
Stop by to explore the library and fill your library passport with stamps along the way. Trade your library passport for your college ID card. The librarians will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments provided!

8:30 am - 11:30 am: IT Open House
Make sure your technology is fully set up for the semester by heading downstairs at the library to visit the IT department.  Get your ID photo taken, make sure you can connect to Westmont's network, log in to the myWestmont portal, and more.  If you visited on Thursday for your ID photo, you can pick up your ID card on Friday.

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Academic Department Welcome Session **
Department Locations:
Art -- Adams 310
Biology -- Whittier Science 101
Chemistry -- Adams 216
Communication Studies -- Deane Chapel
Economics & Business -- Carroll Hall Classroom
Education -- Voskuyl Library 108
English -- Reynolds Hall, First Floor
History -- Deane Hall Lawn
Kinesiology -- Winter Hall 106
Mathematics & Computer Science -- Math/CS lounge
Modern Languages -- Reynolds Hall 209 & Second Floor Lounge
Music -- Music Building Front Porch
Philosophy -- Carroll Hall Lawn
Physics & Engineering -- Engineering Building Classroom (below tennis courts)
Political Science -- Winter Hall 212
Psychology -- Winter Hall Lawn
Religious Studies -- Winter Hall 216
Sociology & Anthropology -- Deane Hall Second Floor
Theatre Arts -- Porter Patio

10:00 am - 11:00 am: All-Faculty First Office Hour
 "Office hours" are times that faculty members set aside to meet with students in their office.  Drop by to introduce yourself or ask the faculty member a specific question.  This is the perfect time to connect with your academic advisor or one of your instructors in person.  
Anthropology -- Deane Hall
Art -- Adam Center
Biology -- Whitter Science 
Communication Studies -- Deane Hall
Computer Science -- Winter Hall
Economics and Business -- Deane Hall
Education -- Porter Center 
English -- Reynolds Hall
Engineering -- Winter Hall 
History -- Deane Hall 
Kinesiology -- Murchison Complex 
Mathematics -- Winter Hall
Modern Languages -- Reynolds Hall
Music -- Music Building 
Philosophy -- Porter Center 
Physics -- Winter Hall 
Political Science -- Deane Hall 
Psychology -- Winter Hall 
Religious Studies -- Porter Center 
Sociology -- Deane Hall
Theatre Arts -- Porter Hall 

10:15 am - 11:15 am: Foreign Language Placement & Advising
Students planning to continue taking the same language as in high school who have not already taken the placement test must complete this 20-minute placement test at this session in the library's computer lab. A representation from the Modern Language department will be available to help determine the appropriate course for you to take. Students who have provisionally "placed out" of the requirement through the online exam MUST confirm their placement at this time.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch
Come eat lunch in the Dining Commons!

11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Intercultural Programs Lunch
Students of color, international, missionary and third-culture students, and Cultural Diversity Awardees and their families are invited to hear about the programs and opportunities associated with Westmont's commitment to diversity. Lunch will be served at Noon on Magnolia Lawn; program begins at 11:30pm.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm: We are Westmont - First Look **
Westmont is committed to cultivating a diverse community based on Biblical foundations. Join students and faculty at Murchison Gym as they share their stories and offer wisdom on their journey into and at Westmont.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Orientation Small Group Meeting #2 **
In your second small group, you'll discuss ways to get involved on campus and learn about important college resources.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Service of Commitment **
Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of welcome into the Westmont community. Students will sit separately from parents and take their First Walk at the end of the service, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement. Location: Murchison Gym. 

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Families Say Goodbye
Students and families say goodbye before students head off to dinner with their section and families leave campus.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Dinner
Come eat dinner in the Dining Commons!

5:30 pm - 7:15 pm: Augustinian Scholars' Dinner
Augustinian Scholars will be warmly welcomed at this special dinner event on the Magnolia Lawn. They will be greeted by Westmont's President, Provost, Augustinian Program Director, and program faculty.  All Augustinian Scholars should receive an invitation to this event during the summer and should plan to attend.

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm: The Carnival
The Carnival will feature something for everyone including an inflatable obstacle course, human foosball, games, snacks, dancing, and prizes. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet other students and let loose! Location: Murchison Gym.

** required

Saturday, August 24

7:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast
Come eat breakfast in the Dining Commons!

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Hike Campus Trails & Tour the Vegetable Garden
Experience the natural beauty of Westmont with a morning hike on the Paul Willis Trail. This hike will focus on sustainability initiatives on campus, and will even make a stop at our organic garden. Meet at the Clark Shuttle Stop!

10:15 am - 12:00 pm: For Women and Men Only Meetings **
Discuss gender-specific issues that arise in college. Led by Westmont staff, these discussions provide a safe place for candid conversations about topics that matter. Location: men in GLC Simmons Center, women in Page MPR.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Lunch
Come eat lunch in the Dining Commons!

12:00 - 3:00 PM Pick up your Textbooks from the Mail Center!

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Kona Ice Snow Cones!
Cool down with complimentary Kona Ice Snow Cones and meet your Westmont 2023-24 Student Government Leaders! *Located in the parking lot above the DC, limited to the first 120 people

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Student Employment Session
Planning to work during your time at Westmont? Join the Student Employment Coordinator for a detailed discussion of how to access job listing on Handshake, finding work both on and off campus and the student employment process here at Westmont. Location: Founders in Kerr Student Center (by the DC).

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Pool & Fitness Center Open Hours
The pool and fitness center are open for students to use.

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Auditions for the Westmont College Choir!
The Westmont College Choir, a mixed ensemble of 40-50 singers, welcomes singers from all backgrounds and levels of experience to audition for this upcoming school year. Singers rehearse, perform, and travel together, cultivating a fun and supportive community as we pursue musical excellence. Sign up for Auditions at this link or by email dgee@westmont.edu.  Location: Music Building 211.

3:00 pm: Women's Soccer Game
Come out to support Women's Soccer game against Cal Lutheran. Location: Thorrington Field

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Pups and Pops 
Hang with some therapy dogs and eat Otter Pops at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  / Health Center. See the new relaxation room, meet some of the therapists / providers, and tour the clinic. Look for the small building across from the VK dorm on lower campus.  Location: CAPS / Health Center

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Dinner
Come eat dinner in the Dining Commons!

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Coffeehouse
Come for a chill night of live music by Westmont students, cozy drinks, and games. Come as you are and have a fun night before the start of school. Location: Murchison Gym.

** required

Sunday, August 25

7:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast
Come eat breakfast in the Dining Commons!

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Discover Your Santa Barbara
Discover Santa Barbara off the beaten shuttle path. Urban Initiative students will take you to experience some of the local favorites of SB and show you how you can be involved in caring for your new city. Meet an Urban Initiative member at the DC parking lot, up the stairs from the Dining Commons, to begin. Your food is covered by Urban Initiative. (Donations of $5 appreciated.) 22 spots available for each departure time. Sign up here

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Explore Santa Barbara
Head to East Beach or explore State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Shuttles will leave from Page Hall every 15-20 minutes beginning at noon. After 5:00pm, the shuttles will revert to their regular schedules.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner
Come eat dinner in the Dining Commons!

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Orientation Small Group Meeting #3 **
Orientation small groups meet for a special time of commissioning prior to the start of classes. Class t-shirts will be distributed during these meetings.

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: All-Campus Worship Night
All students are invited to take a deep breath on the evening before classes begin to sing and pray together at a worship night to kick-off the new year together. Returning students, new students, transfer students — this is for you! Location: Murchison Gym.

** required

Parent Schedule

Thursday, August 22

8:00 am - 11:00 am: Residence Hall Move-In
*See more information at the link above
First Year Students:
8:00am - 8:30am  A - Da
8:30am - 9:00am De - I
9:00am - 9:30am J - M
9:30am - 10:00am N - R
10:00am - 10:30am S - V
10:30am - 11:00am W - Z

Transfer Students:
8:00am - 9:00am A - M
9:00am - 10:00am N - Z

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Parent Welcome Tent
Check in and get your name tag. If you have not yet registered, please stop by the tent for on-site registration.

9:00 am - 2:30 pm: Parent Council Hospitality Tent
Meet fellow parents and Parents Council members, get answers to your questions and enjoy light refreshments and conversation. You’ll also find Parents Council members at Page, Emerson and Clark who can answer your questions. 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Campus Walking Tour (Option 1)
An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience. Location: Front of Kerrwood Hall.

11:00 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Your lunch time is determined by your student’s move-in time. Please follow the schedule below to alleviate congestion.
Move-in from 8-9 a.m. 11-11:45
Move-in from 9-10 a.m. 11:45-12:30
Move-in from 10-11 a.m. 12:30-1:30*
All Transfer Students 12:30-1:30*
Those attending the Legacy Reception or First-Generation Session with a move-in time from 10-11 may eat lunch starting at 12 noon. Meal tickets to enter the DC are provided at check in based on registration. Otherwise, you can pay at the door: Lunch: $9.00, Children: 2-10 $5.00 Westmont students on a meal plan: no charge. Location: Dining Commons.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Campus Walking Tour (Option 2)
An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience. Location: Front of Kerrwood Hall.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Legacy Reception
Parents who are Westmont alumni and their students are invited to a dessert reception with President Gayle D. Beebe. A group photograph of alumni parents and your incoming student will be taken on Magnolia Lawn at 1:35 p.m. Location: Upper Magnolia Lawn (in front of the library).

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: What to Expect as a Westmont Student Athlete **Required for new varsity athletes 
New athletes and their parents are invited to connect with other incoming athletes and hear from athletic administration, coaches and current athletes about what to expect as a student athlete at Westmont. This event is for varsity sport athletes only. Location: Page MPR.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Worship & Prayer
Stop by the Murchison Gym anytime between 2:15-3:15pm to pause in the midst of a full day for an optional time of prayer and worship. Our God is good. Prayer teams will be available in front of the gym to pray with and for you. Musical worship will be led by members of the chapel band.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Welcome Session
Join us for this celebratory opening event of Orientation 2022 in the Murchison Gym. President Gayle D. Beebe will extend an official Westmont welcome, followed by an introduction to this year's Orientation Team and a message from our Campus Pastor.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Overview of Student Life
At Westmont, life outside the classroom offers a rich combination of activities, residential living and developmental experiences. In this session, Edee Schulze, vice president for student life, will provide an overview of all the opportunities available to students. Location: Murchison Gym.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Welcome BBQ Picnic
Relax on Kerrwood Lawn and enjoy a great meal. Meet other parents as well as faculty and staff. Please note that students will eat dinner with their Orientation small groups. Location: Kerrwood Lawn.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Out-of-Area Parent Reception
Whether you live outside of California or far enough from Santa Barbara to require a lengthy drive, come connect with fellow parents and gain valuable perspective from parents who know the ropes. Colorado Parents Council members Rich and Torrie Oswald will lead the session and provide a time for questions and answers. The Oswalds share: "We’ve attended this session every year since 2018, and we've navigated travel logistics from kids missing flights, to cancelled flights, to having no car, to moving out, to finding storage units, etc. Through it all, we've secured many parent friendships and have been reminded, Westmont is never too far from ‘home’." All parents are welcome.

 

Friday, August 23

8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Prayer Chapel Open Hours
Stop in the prayer chapel to lift up prayers for your student and the college as classes get ready to begin.

8:45 am - 9:15 am: Continental Breakfast
Join us in Page Hall for continental breakfast!

9:15 am - 10:00 am: President Beebe Welcomes Parents & Families
President Gayle D. Beebe welcomes you to the Westmont community, examines the value of a Westmont education in today’s world and highlights the college’s priorities. He will answer questions, and members of his executive team will add insights and suggest ways to support your student. Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

10:00 am - 10:45 am: Core of the Classroom
Our provost will share the unique qualities of a Westmont education. Professors and students will highlight the special nature of faculty-student relationships at Westmont. Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

10:45 am - 11:30 am: Parents Council Perspectives
Meet our Westmont Parents Council members and learn how they’ve navigated their student’s college life, gain practical parental insights about the Westmont experience and get answers to your questions. Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

11:15 am - 12:45 am: Intercultural Programs Lunch
Students of color, international, missionary and third-culture students, and Cultural Diversity Awardees and their families are invited to hear about the programs and opportunities associated with Westmont's commitment to diversity. Lunch with be served at noon on Magnolia Lawn; program begins at 11:30pm.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch
Join us in the Dining Commons for lunch! Lunch tickets are provided at check-in based on registration. Or pay at the door.

Select from one of the following sessions:

*1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: COVE Career Center Session
COVE Career Center: Discover how you can work with us as we prepare your student for a major, a mission, and meaningful internships and careers. Presenters: TBD Location: Kerr Student Center, Founders Room (room is adjacent to Dining Commons).

*1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Students' Care Session
Students’ Care: College comes with unique challenges for students, particularly in this post-pandemic season. Learn about college emotional health, how to support your student, and ways to cultivate healthy communication patterns from the start. Presenters: Stu Cleek, Dean of Students; Rob Hughes '04, Director of Health Services; and Eric Nelson, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Location: Global Leadership Center's Simmons Center

*1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Chapel, Worship, & Spiritual Development Session
Hear Scott Lisea ’88, our campus pastor and assistant to the president for church and community relations, present his vision of chapel, our community life and the spiritual development of your students. Location: Porter Theatre.

*1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Student Success Session
The Center for Student Success is a very important resource for all incoming students. Each new Warrior is assigned a Student Success Coach and is strongly encouraged to take advantage of the support and services offered by the center to help each student thrive at Westmont. Presenters include: Eileen McQuade, Associate Dean of Faculty; additional presenters to be announced. Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm: Supporting your Student Athlete
Collegiate athletics presents new challenges and opportunities for the student athlete. Parents of varsity athletes are invited to hear from athletic administrators and coaches about how you can best support your student and help them thrive in their first year as a college athlete. Location: Founders Room (room is adjacent to Dining Commons).

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Service of Commitment
Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of welcome into the Westmont community. Students will sit separately from parents and take their First Walk at the end of the service, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement. Location: Murchison Gym. Student attendance expected.

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Families Say Goodbye
Students and families say goodbye before students head off to dinner with their section and families leave campus.