College Student 2013-08-16T19:07:53Z
Nobody drinks, does drugs, or has sex. It's great!
College Student 2013-08-16T19:07:25Z
Mostly sunny and slightly breezy, which means great!
College Sophomore 2013-07-31T02:44:19Z
We have some great teams.
The soccer team has comically been referred to as "God's gift to Westmont." Men's Basketball and Women's Volleyball are definitely the most attended games. Truthfully, school spirit is a bit lacking.
College Sophomore 2013-07-31T02:39:46Z
Health & Safety:
I feel completely safe on Westmont's campus. Beyond the fact that it is a small school with public safety on call 24-hours, it is also in an extremely safe neighborhood, Montecito. You really couldn't get much safer, I'm a female and I feel completely comfortable walking around campus at night, even going on runs. The students extremely trustworthy, and I haven't heard of hardly any cases of theft either. Obviously use good judgement, but this is an extremely safe place to be.
In all honesty, the Health Center is a little weak.
College Freshman 2013-07-29T18:26:24Z
Clark is more of a "study" dorm meaning that it is very calm and easy to study; it is also suite style. Paige is a "party" dorm in a traditional dorm setup. Those are just the freshman dorms, I am not sure about the upper class-man dorms.
College Senior 2013-07-29T07:41:12Z
Freshmen: If you want constant social activity, choose Page by far. It's the traditional long hallway style, and almost all the rooms are triples. Super hard to study there, super easy to make friends - and you can always find somewhere else to study and know you have the option to return to an instant bustling social scene as soon as you go back "home."
If you want a little more peace and quiet (as in people not just bursting into your room unannounced), choose Clark. The rooms are a little smaller, but they're a little nicer in my opinion, and they're almost all doubles. The rooms there are set up as suites, with 3 rooms on each side of a bathroom that serves as a 'hallway' of sorts between the two sides (so 6 double rooms total share the bathroom). You get to know the people in your suite pretty well because of this set up, as well as the people in your building (buildings have 2 floors with two suites of 3 rooms on each floor - 4 suites total per building). You have to be more intentional about being social in Clark, but if that's how you operate anyway and you enjoy the peace in your own room to study/chill etc, then Clark is the way to go!
College Senior 2013-07-29T07:35:52Z
Getting approved for off-campus housing can be a bear at Westmont. The county for some reason only allows a couple hundred students total to live off campus (for traffic or tax or some other purposes like that), so even though the total student body isn't too big (I think around 1,300), it's still rough when you're a senior and you still can't even get approved to live off campus!
On campus housing is a little easier to deal with. One thing I wish the administration would do is switch the housing process to an online process - currently, we have to physically sign up for housing in person (or have a proxy do it for us if we have to work or are studying abroad, etc.). This can mean a 3 hour line, just to get to the front and find out as an upperclassman the only available spots left are in freshman halls! I think the campus is a little overloaded with student population right now, as in the housing was designed for a lower capacity - because most dorms are turning from double rooms to triples quickly! The dorms themselves are pretty nice and clean, not anything fancy or state of the art, but very liveable.
College Senior 2013-07-29T07:31:23Z
If you like the mid 60's to mid 70's year round, this place is for you! Westmont is a little up the hill from the rest of Santa Barbara, so it tends to be a little warmer - which can be nice if the rest of town happens to be socked in with marine layer and you're enjoying the sunshine up on campus! The weather tends to only range about 5 degrees all year, which I think is great! A little cooler in the winters, but not much below the 50's usually so it doesn't really affect your ability to do what you want to do. I've gone to the beach (and not frozen!) in the middle of November and December while at Westmont! If you enjoy/would miss the seasons, though, it would take some consideration because you won't find them at Westmont - but you're sacrificing them for what I would call perfect weather probably 320 days a year!!
College Senior 2013-07-29T07:27:07Z
Santa Barbara is such a fun college town! From the beautiful beaches and pier, to tooons of great restaurants (I think SB has one of the highest restaurants/people ratios in the country!), to nearby hiking/more outdoorsy options, to all the fantastic arts and community events all over, and of course the always fun State Street, there's never a shortage of things to do! With UCSB and Santa Barbara City College in the area as well, there are always students around to give the town a fun vibe.
College Senior 2013-07-29T07:23:59Z
There is some nice equipment at the athletic center especially given the school's relatively small size. However, if you're an athletic student who happens to not be on one of the official athletic teams at Westmont, the facilities are closed off to your use during the teams' practices. Even when the facilities are open for general use, sometimes whole athletic teams are in there using it together before or after their scheduled slots, so it gets super crowded and awkward to work out at the same time! When it's not busy (pretty much early morning and late at night), it's great though and you have much more free range to use the equipment you want.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T05:05:01Z
pretty lenient for a christian school but definitely fair
College Sophomore 2013-07-27T06:38:24Z
Awesome facilities, very high tech and new, and easy to access.
College Sophomore 2013-07-27T06:38:05Z
Love the shuttle system and the train downtown is super helpful for long distance travelers.
College Sophomore 2013-07-27T06:36:28Z
I love the facilities. It has great, newly updated facilities for students to use.
College Sophomore 2013-07-27T06:35:16Z
Scholarships are helpful, and most students are on some type of financial aid.
College Sophomore 2013-07-26T16:34:36Z
Guys & Girls:
Westmont raves about its diversity, but in a reality the students are all fairly similar. Most students come from upper-middle class Christian families and their attitudes and dress reflect that. Westmont students pride themselves on being outdoorsy and all-natural.
College Sophomore 2013-07-26T16:32:03Z
WiFi on campus as just terrible. It's extremely unreliable and very slow. There are computer labs in the library though that are very useful, but can be a bit crowded at peak hours, especially during finals.
College Sophomore 2013-07-26T16:30:12Z
The campus itself is beautiful, filled with botanic gardens and both modern and rustic buildings. For such a small school, it has respectable athletic facilities. The Westmont Activities Crew (WAC) hosts many campus wide events most of which are dances, both formal and informal. Individual dorms also host their own events, especially during different holidays. Most people hang out off campus at the beach or in their individual dorm rooms.
College Sophomore 2013-07-26T16:24:23Z
It's Santa Barbara, so of course the weather is incredible. The coldest it ever gets is around 60 degrees and the warmest is about mid-80s. Because Westmont is in Montecito, it rarely is subject to the morning marine layer. When it gets warm out, though, its always tempting to ditch class and head to the beach.
College Sophomore 2013-07-26T16:18:42Z
My school provides a warm and welcoming Christian environment. Chapel is required three times a week with many interesting guest speakers, including Colin Powell. My school also has many study abroad programs . It is said that at in point during the year, one third of our campus is abroad. However, the school is very small and that can make you feel very sheltered and even a little claustrophobic at times.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-20T20:20:25Z
Being in a specific program at school helps you to have focus. You will better learn the lessons well and become so much into its application when the course is competed. One person can't be the master of all, so if you didn't major in a specific area in a choosing career, it will be difficult to perfectly function in any. This is clearly demonstrated when one is on his/her internship, you will not be as good as the long time worker but you will have enough knowledge about any assignment or task before you. One good aspect we take with us where ever we go is how to manage with time, or better say how to make wise use of your time, and this is best put into practice when your workload is like a mountain before you to climb.How well you perfectly handle your workload with all the facilities available to you lies in your hand. Because if you learn how to plan your daily activity, all will go well with you or will be shown when you are out there on your internship. Responsibility and duty will clearly distinguish you from the rest of your peers.
College Sophomore 2013-05-08T01:59:43Z
The housing for upperclassmen are awesome, but not so much for the freshmen. However, Westmont plans to redo the housing as of this summer!
College Sophomore 2013-05-08T01:57:03Z
Westmont is known for its facilities, and we take much pride in that. Our Baseball field, a recent invenstment, won an award for "Best Looking Field" regarding college campuses. There are many trees and flowers and beautiful trails that are hardly a five-minute walk from the campus. It has to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to, and I completely encourage people to look it up online if they want to see how incredible the scenery is. In addition to the Dining Commons, there is another dining center that is open after hours called El Tejado, which includes late night snacks such as milkshakes, smoothies, coffee, and chicken nuggets. Students are usually seen here and it is always exciting to catch up! Our library is accommodating too, during finals week there are always free donuts and beverages provided.
College Sophomore 2013-05-08T01:52:06Z
Westmont is small-well under 2,000 undergrads, but that does not stop the community from being exceptional. Every year, we throw a musical called Spring Sing where every dorm segregated by gender gets to perform a skit with music. It is the highlight of many students' year as parents and faculty come and watch the performance. Our faculty are amazing, they actually care about every student and most will go out of their way to accommodate their needs!
College Sophomore 2013-05-08T01:43:23Z
Santa Barbara is a fantastic place for a college as there are numerous amounts of interesting restaurants and coffee shops along a strip known as State Street. The retail shops are also plentiful and I have no problem spending a day shopping there with my friends. To top it all off, my college is five minutes away from the beach and almost ten away from a zoo!
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