Santa Barbara, Cailfornia
511 men/860 women
1 male/1 female
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Santa Barbara, California
Located in Santa Barbara, California, Westmont College stands among the preeminent Christian liberal arts colleges in the United States. As a highly selective four-year residential college with a limited enrollment, it provides a personalized learning experience and a rigorous academic program. Students' learning is guided and their lives are shaped by faculty totally dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Learning takes place in an environment that encourages intellectual, physical and spiritual development and promotes service and community involvement as an expression of faith. This distinctive living and learning environment prepares students to be effective Christians who, as leaders, will make vital contributions to their professions, church, and the world, and as alumni, remain a part of Westmont.
While the College's enrollment in Santa Barbara is limited to 1,200 students, more than 100 additional students participate annually in off-campus programs throughout the world. Westmont's increasingly selective and diverse student body comes from throughout the United States and a number of foreign countries.
Westmont's curriculum features a breadth and depth of coursework in the humanities, social and natural sciences. The College awards Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in 24 majors. Westmont's Academic Calendar consists of two 16-week semesters and an optional six-week Mayterm. Off-campus programs are a strong component of the Westmont curriculum. The College sponsors semester or summer programs in; San Francisco, Washington, D.C. , Asia, Europe, England, France, Spain, Latin America, Israel, Kenya, Egypt; and Russia.
Westmont is approved by the California Commission for Teacher Preparation and offers a program for the single and/or multiple-subject credential. Preprofessional programs include athletic training, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, the ministry and missionary studies, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary studies. A 3-2 program combining liberal arts and engineering is offered in cooperation with Stanford University; the University of Southern California; the University of California, Irvine; California Polytechnic State University; Boston University and Washington University at St. Louis.
With 86% of its students living in College-owned residence halls, Westmont places great emphasis on a campus environment that promotes personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Developing friendships, making group decisions, and discussing important issues are central to campus life. Student government sponsors a variety of activities (including dances, concerts, and retreats) and provides funding for numerous student groups. One of these is Christian Concerns, a vibrant student service organization that involves most students in over 35 on-campus and off-campus ministries; approximately 400 students spend spring break each year on the Potter's Clay mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico. Other popular opportunities include Spring Sing (a residence hall competition), a student-run newspaper, a radio station, a variety of sports teams, and numerous music, drama, dance, and theater groups.
Facilities and Resources
Over 30 buildings grace a beautiful 133-acre wooded campus nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The Voskuyl Library is the academic center of Westmont holding 150,000 bound volumes and 710 current periodicals. There are Ethernet connections in every office and dorm room and in many classrooms. The Reynolds Art Gallery and Porter Theater supports the extraordinary fine arts program. The Carroll Observatory contains a 6-inch refracting telescope and a 16 1/2-inch reflecting telescope, the largest in Santa Barbara. The Mericos H. Whittier Science Building houses the College's science program and includes the surface chemistry laboratory, experimental atomic/nuclear laboratory, thin film superconductivity laboratory, animal/human research psychology laboratory, and the cellular physiology laboratory. The Murchison Physical Education Complex is home to a 2,200-seat gym, handball courts, a swimming pool, classrooms, offices, and the new Wiegand Fitness Center. Westmont recently constructed homes for faculty adjacent to the campus, thus increasing the likelihood of faculty-student contact outside of the classroom.
Westmont is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Golden State Athletic Conference, and has won three NAIA national championships and numerous district/regional titles. Intercollegiate sports for men include basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, cross country, and track; for women, volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, and track. Men and women compete in five club sports and an intramural program offers over 16 activities.
Westmont's generous financial aid programs have made attending Westmont a reality for many students. Eighty-two percent of Westmont's students receive some form of financial assistance; the average amount of aid awarded exceeds $13,000 per year. Merit Scholarships available are the President's, Provost's, and Westmont Scholarships that range from $3,000 to $8,000, and are awarded to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement. The merit scholarships are renewable. Westmont also gives awards to students who demonstrate talent in art, music, theater arts and athletics. After submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students may be eligible for generous state and work-study programs, based on financial needs. The financial aid application deadline is March 1st.
Westmont attracts high school graduates who, in most cases, have at least a B+ average in academic subject areas, rank near the top of their high school class, have followed a college preparatory curriculum, present acceptable SAT 1 or ACT scores, and would benefit from and contribute to the goals and mission of Westmont College.
First-Year Students: Westmont recommends a pattern of coursework in high school which includes, 4 years of English, 3 years of both math and science, 2 years foreign language, 1 year of social studies, 1 year of history and 4 years of strong electives; High School transcript or GED and SAT I or ACT are required. Recommendations and interviews encouraged.Transfers: accepted at all class levels. Must submit: College transcripts and essays, be in good academic standing, High School transcript & test scores are required if student has less than 24 transferable semester units. The GPA required from 4 year college or university is 2.0 and the GPA required from 2 year community college is 2.5.Foreign: Applicants must submit High School transcript with exact English translation, TOEFL of 560 or above, SAT scores, and additional forms included in the application. An advance deposit of $6,000 is required to confirm admission.Priority Deadlines:March 1 for Freshmen - April 1 for Transfers.Early Action: Freshmen only. All files completed by December 1 will receive fall notification by January 15th.Application Fee: $40Confirmation Deposit: $200 by May 1st. Deposit refundable prior to May 1st.Applications may be submitted on-line through Westmont's URL http://www.westmont.edu .
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