The 352 students representing the class of 2021 and 58 new transfer students arrive for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 24. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 28.
The 410 new students, including 19 international, missionary or third-culture students, represent 15 countries and 27 U.S. states. Nine percent of the students come from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. Thirty-six percent of the incoming class identifies as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or mixed race. Thirty-nine percent are men and 61 percent are women.
“They represent a talented group of young men and women with diverse backgrounds and incredibly unique stories,” says Silvio Vazquez, dean of admissions. “I know they will bring much to the Westmont family as they deepen their knowledge and impact those around them. We have students from across the country and around the world coming to learn from our gifted faculty and students alike.”
The top five majors are biology (12 percent), kinesiology (12 percent), economics and business (11 percent), psychology (8 percent) and communication studies (5 percent). About 10 percent of students have yet to declare a possible major.
The incoming class, which includes 60 Augustinian Scholars, has an average SAT score of 1245 and an average ACT score of 26.5. The Augustinian Scholars, who join the 30 inaugural scholars in their second year at Westmont, benefit from significant scholarships, including amounts up to full tuition. Another anonymous donor has stepped forward to double the number of Augustinians this fall and help even more students afford a college education.
During Orientation on Thursday, new students will move into residence halls during the morning. President Gayle D. Beebe welcomes students and their families and two students offer advice from 2-2:45 p.m. in Murchison Gym.
On Friday, the Service of Commitment, a formal ceremony with robed faculty, welcomes students to the Westmont community at 3 p.m. in Murchison Gym. This is followed by students taking their First Walk through the Formal Garden to Kerrwood Lawn, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement.
The entire Orientation schedule is available on the Westmont Community App, available in iOS, Android and Web platforms.