Westmont College

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Westmont College is located in Santa Barbara, California.

The college provides high quality undergraduate liberal arts programs and also assists students in their personal development, intellectual competence, and to have strong Christian commitments. Other than the campus at Santa Barbara, Westmont has another campus at Montecito.

Westmont College was founded by Ruth Kerr, in 1937. In 1940, it became a liberal arts college and Dr. Wallace Emerson was its first president.

The college moved to its new premises in Santa Barbara in 1945, with its sprawling 125-acre campus and the Mediterranean House.

The college achieved accreditation in 1958, and nine major buildings were added in the 1960s. Westmont Coolege earned national recognition in the 1980s and 1990s for its academic programs.

There are more than 1,200 students from 24 states, 11 countries, and more than 30 denominations.

The college is accredited by the Western association of schools and colleges, and the California State Board of Education

Westmont College has a superb library with over 150,000 books, and according to the Carnegie Foundation, Westmont College ranks among the top liberal arts colleges in the United States.

The college offers bachelors degrees in 26 liberal arts majors, 10 pre-professional programs, 18 units for internships, and an elementary and secondary credential program.

Students also are involved actively in community life. On and off campus they serve in more than 30 ministries.

Most students compete in some competitive sport, as Westmont has won 13 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championships.

Student musicians also show their skills and Westmont classical repertory theatre presents two productions every year.

The Westmont College fund, for which money is raised by the college advancement office, supports student scholarships and other programs

The campus houses the Roger John Voskuyl library, Ellen Porter Hall of Fine Arts, Mericos H. Whittier Science Hall, Ruth Hubbard Memorial Music Hall, Russell Carr Athletic Field, and the Hugh R. Murchison Physical Education Complex with its gymnasium, two handball courts, a swimming pool, and a weight training center.

The campus also houses the Arts Center and the Reynolds gallery, the George E. Carol observatory, with its telescope, a health center, chapel, and tennis courts.

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