Westmont College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
The Sociology department was integral for my life journey, including my social identity development and educational journey. The head of the department, who was also my college advisor, is still someone with whom I am in contact and to whom I look up with so much admiration. One memory that stands out to me is the summer after I matriculated from undergrad. My advisor spent three hours with me at the beach, taking the time to hear about my experiences and struggles, to sit in silence, and also to offer some words of wisdom to me. I wish I had secretly recorded the whole conversation. It was one that is still so memorable for me. The key piece among all of the wise advice she told me is to "love deeply yet loosely" in all aspects of my being. I believe this will stick with me for life, and its relevancy is not time bound. Thank you, Dr. S!
Westmont College offered personalized instruction with their small student to teacher ratio. Professor and staff members were understanding and willing to take the time to help their students, especially within the Kinesiology department. I received instruction from practicing health clinicians and researchers, which allowed me to apply what I learned to real life situations.
I loved Westmont College and I highly recommend it. I loved that the professors focused on helping us develop a solid worldview and focused on teaching us how to think and let us decide what to think. The professors cared about the students and the small class sizes allowed the students to get to know the professors and engage thought provoking discussions together.
For those interested in a high-caliber Liberal Arts institution with a sincere commitment to integrating faith and learning, I can’t think of a better choice than Westmont College. But even though I’m very pleased with my undergraduate experience there, I also realize that Westmont is clearly not for everyone. With enrollment capped at around 1200 students, the student body was smaller than my high school. Certain majors and courses of study that would be available at a large state school aren’t offered at Westmont. And, like many other private schools, it’s very expensive, so I would advise anyone considering this school to seriously consider the cost before taking on significant amounts of debt.
But if you want to go to a Christian school and you value smaller class sizes and the opportunity to get to know professors, Westmont could be a great fit. The location (nestled in the hills of Montecito, right near Santa Barbara, California) can’t be beat. But it’s important to realize that the rigorous academics are only part of what being a part of the Westmont community entails. Through their Chapel programs, service opportunities, and campus life activities, the college encourages students to thoughtfully engage their Christian faith in whatever course of study they pursue. I also highly endorse the study abroad options Westmont offers. Participating in their Europe Semester was one of the highlights of my undergrad experience.