First-Year Students Admissions & Aid

Start Your Journey to Westmont

A first-year applicant is a high school graduate ready to embark on their transformative college experience at Westmont. 

Explore nearly 100 majors, graduate in 4 years or less; 97% of students are employed or attend graduate school within 6 months of graduating, and generous financial aid means 95% receive aid to make Westmont affordable.

Steps to Apply

Westmont uses both our personalized application and the Common App. There is no preference, and both are free of charge.

Request official transcripts of all high school and college (if dual-enrolled) work to be submitted directly from school officials. If filing the Common App, the request may be processed online through that application process.

Applicants have the option of submitting ACT or SAT scores or withholding them. However you choose to proceed, we always conduct a holistic review of each application, including academic credentials, extra-curricular involvement, demonstrated leadership and more.

SAT II subject tests are not required.

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Westmont requires one academic reference from a teacher in a major subject (i.e. English, Science, History, Math, etc.). In addition, an optional pastoral/character reference may be submitted. The reference forms may be accessed within either application.

Interviews are optional for applicants. We want to know you personally.

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When to Apply

Applications for 2024 Now Open

Fall First-Year
Early Action I
10/15/23 Beginning 12/23 12/1/23 5/1/24
Fall First-Year
Early Action II
11/1/23 Beginning 12/23 Christmas Break 5/1/24
Fall First-Year
Regular Decision
1/15/24 Beginning 12/23 Rolling beginning 1/1/24 5/1/24


Affording College

Students applying without ACT or SAT scores are eligible for all our academic scholarship tiers. Merit scholarships are awarded based on the academic criteria available to us. Admission decisions are always made on the basis of a holistic review, including academic credentials, an interview, extra-curricular involvement, demonstrated leadership and more.

What Westmont scholarship do you qualify for? On the chart below, find your GPA and your SAT and/or ACT scores and discover the size of your scholarship award. With some scholarships, higher test scores can compensate for a lower GPA—and vice versa. This amount doesn't include any need-based aid you may receive on the basis of your FAFSA or talent-based awards such as athletics and music scholarships.


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We strongly encourage students to apply Early Action, which is by November 1st! This allows you to get a decision back by Christmas, and is non-binding.

First year applicants are required to have a minimum of 14 academic units of credit to include:

English 4 years
science 3 years (two years of laboratory science)
MATHEMATICS 3 years (including at least second-year algebra)
Foreign Language 2 years of one language (three years recommended)
Social science 2 years

AP, IB and A-Level Credit

Westmont grants advanced placement credit to students who present scores of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board and for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on Higher-Level subject examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program. Westmont also accepts A-Level exams, which will be evaluated on an as-needed basis. Contact your admissions counselor for more information.

The College limits credit to a maximum of 32 advanced placement/IB units. Up to three Westmont-approved advanced placement exams may be applied to the general education curriculum requirements and any remaining AP units may be applied as electives.

AP Exam Credit Information

IB Exam Credit Information

As a test-optional college, whether or not you send standardized test scores is up to you. Feel free to reference our two scholarship grids to see which may be more beneficial to you! We will only use your test scores if they benefit you, which should take off some of the pressure.

  • More than 95 percent of Westmont students receive academic scholarships, talent based scholarships, or both. Your bottom line will depend on your family’s financial need and your eligibility for merit and talent based scholarships. Check out the scholarship opportunities Westmont has to offer. 
  • Academic scholarships
  • Talent scholarships 
  • Other financial aid - FAFSA

Westmont offers in-person tours, virtual experiences and campus events for you to attend. Your visit, your way!

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