Westmont College: Narrative Description

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955 La Paz Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1099
Tel: (805)565-6000
Free: 800-777-9011
Admissions: (805)565-6200
Fax: (805)565-6234
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.westmont.edu/


Independent nondenominational, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1937. Setting: 133-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $47.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $248,363. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,276 per student. Total enrollment: 1,376. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,634 applied, 73% were admitted. 42% from top 10% of their high school class, 71% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 10 National Merit Scholars, 81 class presidents, 37 valedictorians, 160 student government officers. Full-time: 1,358 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 11 students, 82% women, 18% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 10 other countries, 34% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 2% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at 13 members of the Christian College Consortium, 90 members of the Christian Colleges and Universities, American University (Washington Semester). Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early action, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $34,850 includes full-time tuition ($25,544), mandatory fees ($696), and college room and board ($8610). College room only: $5120. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Most popular organizations: Christian Concerns, student government, Leadership Development, music and theater ensembles, intramural athletics. Major annual events: Potter's Clay, Spring Sing, fall/spring formals. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,148 college housing spaces available; 1,006 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Roger John Voskuyl Library with 150,385 books, 17,180 microform titles, 465 serials, 8,032 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $811,434. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of California - Santa Barbara.

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