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Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate79%
Acceptance Rate79%

Westmont College Admissions

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

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

Westmont College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32%
Mean SAT Score 1296
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 16%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

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 1

Applying 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 1.

Westmont College accepts approximately 89% of early action applicants and 79% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Westmont College admitted 979 of the 1,14 who applied early action.

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

More on Westmont College Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Westmont College?

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

In 2021, Westmont College accepted 79% of all applicants, approximately 1,856 of the 2,351 students who applied.

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

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

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 choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining 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 admissions factors where you're strong.

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
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work 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. Make sure to 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
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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, 11% submitted a class rank. At Westmont College 32% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 54% were in the top 25% and 78% 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 15.8%
3.75 and 3.99 28.9%
3.50 and 3.74 18.3%
3.25 and 3.49 17.4%
3.00 and 3.24 11.2%
2.50 and 2.9 8.4%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 16% of Westmont College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% 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 1160 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Westmont College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Westmont College student is 1296.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Westmont College students scored 740 or higher and 75% of students scored 595 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Westmont College students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 595 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Westmont College?

To be most competitive at Westmont College, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Westmont College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Westmont College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Westmont College

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

• Spring 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 and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Westmont College?

❌ No, Westmont College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Westmont College's acceptance rate?

✅ Westmont College has an acceptance rate of 79%.

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 89% 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 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.


Westmont College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Westmont College is Continuous processing.

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

Westmont College ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Westmont College is 30. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Westmont College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Westmont College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1460


Math SAT Range

565 - 740


Reading SAT Range

595 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above


1160 to 1460


1160 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Westmont College students is 1296. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Westmont College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1160 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1160 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 3.59. 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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