Westmont College

955 La Paz Rd, Santa barbara, CA 93108-1089
Tel: (805)565-6000
Private not-for-profit | 1,355 students
Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.

School Overview:

Westmont College
CountySanta Barbara County, CA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
118 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,355 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,354 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
1 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
1,346 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
9 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted66%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)540-650450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)540-660460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)540-650440-570
ACT English (25-75%)24-3119-25
ACT Math (25-75%)23-2918-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)24-2920-25

School Notes:

  • Ruth Kerr and others founded Westmont in 1937. In 1940, it became a liberal arts college committed to the historic Christian faith. Dr. Wallace Emerson, the first president, envisioned an institution that rivaled the best colleges nationwide, and he set the standard for academic rigor and excellence that still applies.
  • By 1945, Westmont outgrew its facilities in Los Angeles and moved to the former Dwight Murphy estate in Santa Barbara with its 125 acres and beautiful Mediterranean house. Acquiring another property and the former Deane School for boys completed the campus that features the pathways, stone bridges, and gardens of the former estates. Achieving accreditation in 1958, Westmont began building its campus in the 1960s, adding nine major buildings.
  • Westmont offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in over 80 liberal arts majors with concentrations, 10 pre-professional programs, an elementary and secondary credential program, and up to 18 units for internships and practica. Majors includes Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Engineering/Physics, English, English-Modern languages, French, History, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Natural science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology/Neuroscience, Religious Studies, Social Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, and Theater arts.
  • The college is accreditated by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and California State Board of Education to award degrees and certificates.
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