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Westmont College

Montecito, California, United States
We trust you will enjoy the people, resources and facilities of this extraordinary campus. You will find here much to explore, from the arts to astronomy, from athletics to beautiful gardens, from the resources of the library and science labs to those of music and chapel programs.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



In 1937, Ruth Kerr (among others) founded a school that in 1940 became a liberal arts college committed to the historic Christian faith. 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.


Westmont offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in 26 liberal arts majors, 11 pre-professional programs, an elementary and secondary credential program, and up to 12 units for internships and practica.

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Student services

The Campus Life Office cultivates the willingness and ability for Westmont students to lead and learn in all areas of life. It is a hub of opportunity for students. From student beginnings in new student Orientation, to club and ministry participation, to year-long leadership roles, students take advantage of extending their growth in venues beyond the classroom.

Housing services

111 acres with 28 major buildings (December 2015).

Library services

Over 150,000 books, scores, and media; approximately 30,000 print and full-text online journals; and over 100 database collections. (November 2014)

Student Life

Campus life

The campus has five on-campus dorms. The two freshman dorms are Page and Clark which are located at the upper corners of campus. Armington is at the lowest point on campus, and is usually the sophomore dorm. Emerson (formerly known as New Dorm and Everest), is at the top of campus and has ocean views in many of its rooms. Van Kampen, the most popular dorm for upper-classmen, is located in the center of the campus and was recently renovated and modernized in the summer of 2006. Some upper classmen students live in the Ocean View Apartments, a college-owned apartment building on the east side of Santa Barbara.

Sports facilities

You can:

  • Swim in a heated pool (80 degrees F).
  • Dive from a one-meter diving board.
  • Use the provided kick boards and pull buoys during workouts.
  • Use indoor showers, lockers, and dressing rooms.
  • Relax on chaise lounges on the pool deck.

Student clubs

As you consider forming a new club or renewing an existing one, consider thoughtfully your connection to a wider community of Westmont alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees and friends. Many of these members of the greater Westmont community nurture life-long commitments to the college and to its mission and traditions.


WASC Senior College and University Commission; California State Board of Education; National Association of Schools of Music

Student Reviews

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Love it. Nice campus.

Montecito, California, United States