Westmont College

Westmont College

Westmont College, established in 1937 as the Bible Missionary Institute, was renamed in 1940, when Dr. Wallace Emerson became its president. He renamed the school as Westmont College, envisioning a bright future for it. A private, non-profit, Christian, liberal arts college, situated in Santa Barbara, California, it caters to approximately 1300 students providing them with a rigorous academic schedule and a personalized, residential feel.

The College offers a large number of undergraduate degree programs (majors) in subjects which include kinesiology, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, physical education and theatre arts. The most popular programs in the college are media, nutrition and exercise therapy.

Westmont College fields a number of men's and women's sports team, including cross-country, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. The College is part of the Golden State athletics Conference as well as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Westmont College
955 La Paz Rd
Santa Barbara , CA 93108-1089
General Phone: (805) 565-6000

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Westmont College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts101foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, political science, sociology, ...
Science44biology, chemistry, physics
Business and Management33managerial economics
Media26communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22exercise science
Art Studies21art studies
Religion and Philosophy14philosophy, religion
Therapy and Counseling12psychology
Education and Teaching11elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Engineering5engineering physics
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Fine Arts0art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Westmont College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree29627
Postbaccalaureate certificate112

Westmont College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Westmont College had a total enrollment of 1,337 students (1,309 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 33%
Women 67%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 2%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 9%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 49%
20-21 42%
22-24 4%
25-29 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico1%
(International Students)1%
New York1%

Westmont College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Westmont College Room and Board (2007)

Westmont College offers campus housing for 1,050 of its 1,309 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Santa Barbara, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Westmont College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal560660
SAT Math550660
SAT Writing550650
ACT Verbal2330
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT47%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Westmont College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,170
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,170
Room and board $ 10,080
Room charge $ 6,260
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,820
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Westmont College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 134100)

Westmont College Faculty

Westmont College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1610
Non-tenured and not on tenure track35

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year39$89,9579$82,231
Associate professoracademic year8$68,65411$70,468
Assistant professoracademic year13$58,12710$58,007
All faculty totalacademic year60$80,22030$69,843

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Westmont College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Golden State Athletic Conference
Baseball Golden State Athletic Conference
Track Golden State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports193049

Westmont College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Engineering Physics

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Westmont College Highlights

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What Sets Westmont College Apart:

Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 5%Westmont College Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Westmont College % of degrees in art studies
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 9%Westmont College Number of students
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Westmont College % of degrees in media
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 12%Westmont College Salaries of full-time faculty
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Westmont College Student SAT scores
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Westmont College Number of degree programs
% of degrees in science
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Westmont College % of degrees in science
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Westmont College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in liberal arts
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 16%Westmont College % of degrees in liberal arts
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Westmont College % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 18%Westmont College % students on athletic fin. aid

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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