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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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.
111 acres with 28 major buildings (December 2015).
Over 150,000 books, scores, and media; approximately 30,000 print and full-text online journals; and over 100 database collections. (November 2014)
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.
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
Love it. Nice campus.