Westmont College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Voskuyl Prayer Chapel at Westmont College
Voskuyl Prayer Chapel at Westmont College.

Brad Elliott

Westmont College is a private, Christian liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 62%. Located on a 115-acre campus in Santa Barbara, California, Westmont students can choose from 30 liberal arts majors as well as many pre-professional programs. Majors in business, English, science, and communication studies are most popular with undergraduates. Academics are supported by a 10-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 17. The college offers many study-abroad and off-campus programs, and students can easily spend a semester at one of the twelve other colleges that make up the Christian College Consortium. On the athletic front, Westmont College competes in the NAIA Golden State Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Westmont College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Westmont College had an acceptance rate of 62%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 62 students were admitted, making Westmont's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistic (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 2,937
Percent Admitted 62%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 19%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Westmont College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 77% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 690
Math 540 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Westmont College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Westmont College scored between 570 and 690, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 680, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1370 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Westmont College.

Requirements

Westmont College does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Westmont participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Westmont College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 42% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 34
Math 22 28
Composite 23 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Westmont College's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Westmont College received a composite ACT score between 23 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Note that Westmont does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Westmont College does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Westmont College's incoming freshmen class was 3.7. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Westmont College have primarily A grardes.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Westmont College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Westmont College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Westmont College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Westmont College, which accepts over half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with above average grades and test scores. However, Westmont also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong Westmont essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Westmont College's average range.

In the graph above, you can see that the majority of successful applicants to Westport College had high school GPAs of 3.5 or better, combined SAT scores of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or better. Many admitted students had grades in the "A" range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Westmont College Undergraduate Admissions Office.