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Westmont College Overview

Located in Santa Barbara, California, Westmont College is a private not-for-profit institution. Santa Barbara is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Westmont College Known For?

349 Undergraduate Awards
$39,935 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Westmont have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at Westmont.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Westmont bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $60,057 a year. That's about 47% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Westmont student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Westmont College Rankings

Westmont is ranked #16 out of 152 schools in California.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Westmont has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#158 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Westmont.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#46 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Westmont has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#239 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Westmont College?


Contact details for Westmont are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1089
Phone: 805-565-6000

How Do I Get Into Westmont?

You can apply to Westmont online at:

Admission Requirements for Westmont

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Westmont?

70% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
Westmont has an acceptance rate of 70%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to Westmont submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 690. Math scores were between 540 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Westmont College  ( 570 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Westmont College  ( 540 to 680 )
Westmont received ACT scores from 37% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 34. Math scores were between 23 and 29. Composite scores were between 24 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Westmont College  ( 24 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for Westmont College  ( 23 to 29 )
ACT Composite Scores for Westmont College  ( 24 to 31 )

Can I Afford Westmont College?

$39,935 Net Price
88% Take Out Loans
1.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Westmont is $39,935. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Westmont, approximately 88% of students took out student loans averaging $7,130 a year. That adds up to $28,520 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Westmont is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Westmont College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,224 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,226 undergraduate students at Westmont, with 1,224 being full-time and 2 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,224 full-time undergraduates at Westmont, 40% are male and 60% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Westmont College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 87
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 249
White 658
International Students 18
Other Races/Ethnicities 192

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Westmont College. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 19 countries are represented at Westmont. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and Rwanda.

Online Learning at Westmont College

78 Took All Classes Online
270 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 270 students took at least one online class at the school.

Westmont College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Business/Managerial Economics 0 60 60
Health & Physical Education 0 37 37
Communication & Media Studies 0 29 29
General Psychology 0 26 26
General Biology 0 24 24
General English Literature 0 20 20
Fine & Studio Arts 0 15 15
Chemistry 0 14 14
History 0 12 12
Music 0 11 11
Computer Information Systems 0 10 10
Philosophy 0 10 10
Political Science & Government 0 10 10
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9 0 9
Religious Studies 0 9 9
Drama & Theater Arts 0 9 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 8 8
General Social Sciences 0 8 8
Sociology 0 8 8
Engineering Physics 0 7 7
Mathematics 0 5 5
Romance Languages 0 4 4
Physics 0 3 3
Anthropology 0 1 1
General Engineering 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0
TOTAL 9 340 349


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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