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Founded in 1937, Westmont College. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,277 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Westmont College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 94 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Westmont College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at WC are considered Less Selective, with ,33% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 17 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
94% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 72% were in the top quarter, and 40% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Westmont College.
72 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.
60 Students rated off-campus housing 2.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.
72 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 76 % gave the school a 5.0.
71 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
71 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.
19 Students rated Westmont College
If you are looking for a small school of about (1,400) students and one that is Evangelical Christian, then this school is for you. For me, my application to Westmont was a last-minute decision mainly because they claimed they were going to stay in-person for instruction during the pandemic. For the most part, it was, and I have been very happy with the quality of my classes throughout my time here. Small class sizes and directly involved teachers make learning much more worthwhile and challenging, it genuinely feels like they want you to learn. It is my biggest praise for Westmont, although the list isn't long. Because they are so small, they may only offer a certain class in one semester per year, so you do have to carefully plan your course.
However, with most other aspects of the campus, I have not been too impressed. Cafeteria food is decent, but the serving hours and maintenance during food rushes are not adequate. Sometimes dinner stops being served at 7, and I have missed some mealtimes entirely. On weekends their serving schedule is reduced even further. The on-campus health clinic operates weekdays from 9-3, which is also during a lot of scheduled classes, and they turn you away if you do not make an appointment. Dorm rooms are a main complaint of mine. Housing for newer students is very old, most buildings do not have AC, there is always some issue with the bathrooms, and I couldn't tell you how old the carpets are. An issue this year I have had is that some dorm rooms in my residence hall were remodeled after a fire and do have working AC units while mine does not. My room has stayed very warm making me get heat rashes and was impossible to sleep in for several nights. Students who got lucky got rooms with AC, and I asked the housing department why it is fair that I am paying the same amount for fewer amenities while they are using way more energy. The response was that they acknowledge amenities in housing are varied throughout the campus, but they do not base fees on that. I was hoping for a possible fee reduction, but all their advice given to me was to use fans.
Westmont College is a private Christian college that for the most part lives up to its reputation of being a small, academically challenging, and community centered Christian college. Westmont is a small college with approximately only 1,200 students, which classroom size wise is nice, as the GE classes normally don't exceed 40 students, and as you get higher in the program the sizes get smaller. The size is an issue in that for most classes there is a specific semester one class is offered, and unless this is a GE, the class might not be offered until the next semester. This can cause problems if you want to make last minute changes or become waitlisted for a class and aren't able to get in, which does happen occasionally. Classes are challenging and the majority are by no means an easy A, but this is nice as you know you are learning more than you would otherwise. Professors are extremely available and desire to help you. If you are unable to attend office hours It is not that difficult to make an appointment. Chapel is held 3 times a week, which is sometimes a lot, but according to many students is well worth it. The other students,for the most part are very nice, but there are people that are not all that friendly, and there are those that are very politically active in the protesting area. Campus food isn't great especially for what you pay for a meal plan. The school is by no means cheap and if you don't come in with a high scholarship good luck because tuition is not fixed and goes up about $2,000 a year. Westmont has its issues like all other colleges, but for me, it is the academics and professors that make me glad that Westmont is my college because despite everything else college is a time to learn and to grow, something which Westmont helps every student to do.
I am amazed by the community here. I think what makes Westmont College such an influential place to live and learn is the fact that the professors live on campus and are so intentional about community. I am also in love with the surrounding area- beaches, hiking trails, everything!
Westmont College is a private Christian school focused on the formation of intelligent and compassionate servant leaders. This school is perfect for students who want their faith to be an integrated part of the classroom. Westmont has small class sizes (12-20 students on average), most of the professors live on campus so they are almost always available to students, and there is a strong sense of community between the students. Westmont also offers several unique study abroad experiences that become an integrated part of your degree and campus life.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Westmont College is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I attended three different high schools starting my freshman year, before I found the one that would be home for the final two years of my high school days. A lot of students experience only one school for all four years, not that this is a bad thing, but I experienced a unique opportunity to figure out what type of school I enjoyed. I ended up going from a public high school my freshman year, to a charter school, to a private homeschool my junior and senior year. My graduating class had gone from 500 to 12 within that four year span, and I loved it. The smaller community was something I thrived in. I was friends with everyone in my class and all of us were really close, like a family. I don't regret anything about my transitions from school to school, but I do regret not spending more time on scholarships and studying for the SAT exam. Westmont College is expensive and I know I should have had more forthought when applying to such an expensive school. Luckily, I was able to complete my freshman year and now I'm focused on applying for those scholarships!
A small, community focused, liberal arts college that is focused on the spiritual development of the students through biblical application.
Most classmates are very friendly and very religous people.
a friendly fun-loving person who loves the beautiful scenery of monticito. Christian fit in best, but not necessarily
Too take advantage of AP and honors classes offered in high school.
The most frustrating thing about my school is how expensive it is.
It is a great school that is filled with great people. Everyone is really friendly, and the teachers are much more helpful than they would be if this was a larger school. The Christian atmosphere is very welcoming, and the class sizes are small, so you feel like an important part of the class instead of one among the masses.
community-oriented, small class size, residential campus, close to beach/camping/cities/snow, Christian
A person who wants the "party life"- the kind with drugs and alcohol. We drink tea and smoke- thats about how crazy it gets. Westmont is a very mellow, down to earth, and relaxed school.
I greatly enjoyed the sense of community amongst the faculty, staff, and students at Westmont College. Most of the class sizes are relatively small, so there were many opportunities to connect with faculty members and receive any necessary support. Also, the faculty members are very supportive and are interested in mentoring you and helping you grow academically, personally, and spiritually. Additionally, I could not have asked for a more beautiful location or more perfect weather for my undergraduate studies!
Great education. Great professors. Great community. Christian integrated learning. Liberal Arts Education.
For the most part, yes. You have exceptions too, of course--Westmont highly prizes and encourages diversity among the student body.
Westmont is academically challenging. High standards in and out of the classroom are established and expected by all professors. Small class sizes (10-50 students, depending on the course) allow for ample discussion and individual attention, and a wide variety of courses are offered within each major. Both professors and advisors help students tailor their area of study to personal preferences and interests.
Westmont also has a multitude of off-campus programs, linking with colleges around the nation to send students to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
High integrity, great people, committed to serving others, diverse, friendly, likable, smart, international interest.
One of the best things about Westmont is its size. With just under two thousand students, the majority of which live on campus, a high sense of community is fostered and enjoyed by professors and students.
Small, interconnected, and highly social, Westmont is not everyone's cup of tea. At times it feels a little confining, and it can be challenging to find alone time, whether for independent study or a needed social break. However, a few moments of claustrophobia in the "Westmont bubble" are worth the pay off of a tight-knit student body, with professors who genuinely care about their students.
For a small college, Westmont is also located in a small city. Santa Barbara provides a beautiful and active seaside community, which is accessible to students by shuttle. Activities range from beach volleyball and bike riding to shopping on State Street or volunteering to feed the homeless.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
95% of students
attending Westmont College receive some sort of financial aid.
18% were awarded federal grants.
While 83% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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