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Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%

Westmont College Admissions

Westmont College is moderately difficult to get into. The college admitted 82% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 2,326 students applied to Westmont College and 1,907 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Westmont College, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Westmont College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Westmont College's admissions stats.

Westmont College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 9.2%
Mean SAT Score 1318
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist No

Westmont College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Westmont College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 25

Want to Apply Early to Westmont College?

Westmont College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Westmont College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 25.

Westmont College accepts about 91% of early action applicants and 82% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Westmont College admitted 889 of the 972 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they believe it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Westmont College Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Westmont College?

Westmont College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Westmont College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Westmont College accepted 82% of students, approximately 1,907 from the 2,326 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Westmont College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Westmont College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Westmont College

Westmont College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Westmont College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Westmont College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Westmont College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Westmont College for more information on admission factors.

Westmont College Application Requirements

To apply to Westmont College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Westmont College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Westmont College?

Students admitted to Westmont College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At Westmont College 9.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 25.7% were in the top 25% and 49.5% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Westmont College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 18%
3.75 and 3.99 31%
3.50 and 3.74 21%
3.25 and 3.49 14%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 5%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Westmont College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Westmont College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 21% of Westmont College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Westmont College?

To be competitive with other Westmont College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1220 and 1420 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Westmont College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1420 and 25% of scored lower than 1220, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Westmont College student is 1318.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Westmont College students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Westmont College students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

To be most competitive at Westmont College, you should strive to earn between 30 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Westmont College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Westmont College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

More Information on Transferring to Westmont College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Westmont College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Westmont College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Westmont College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Westmont College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Westmont College.

Does Westmont College accept transfer credits?

✅ Westmont College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Westmont College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Westmont College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Westmont College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Westmont College?

❌ No, Westmont College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Westmont College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Westmont College is 82%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Westmont College?

❌ Westmont College does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Westmont College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Westmont College was 91% in 2021.

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Westmont College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Westmont College? Westmont College is a somewhat selective institution. The Westmont College acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 81 out of every 100 applicants.


Westmont College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Westmont College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Westmont College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Westmont College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1420


Math SAT Range

590 - 720


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1420 and Above


1220 to 1420


1220 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Westmont College students is 1318. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Westmont College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Westmont College.

Westmont College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Westmont College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.63. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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