Monday, February 19 , 2018, 11:51 am | Fair 55º


Westmont Moves Up in U.S. News Ranking

The school finishes 92nd, up 19 spots, among the nation's 266 liberal arts colleges

Westmont College leaped 19 spots in this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2010 Edition.” Of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges, Westmont finished at 92. This is the fifth straight year the college has ranked in the top tier.

Only seven other liberal arts colleges in California are included in the first tier: Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps, Occidental, Pitzer and Thomas Aquinas colleges.

Westmont is just one of two liberal arts colleges among the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in the top 100, and the only one in California to be listed in the first tier.

The college has been steadily climbing in its national ranking. It moved into the third tier in 2000, into the second in 2003 and into the top tier in 2005.

Westmont President Gayle Beebe said it’s an honor to be ranked so high, though he admitted it’s not the perfect system. “About half our students study abroad or participate in an off-campus program to expand their worldview,” Beebe said. “This is incredibly important, but it’s not one of the criteria U.S. News uses. Westmont students also take part in amazing undergraduate research while being mentored by faculty, something else not considered in the overall scores.”

Joyce Luy, Westmont dean of admission, encourages students, parents and counselors not to base their college choice solely on the U.S. News ranking.

“College-bound students should also consider such factors as community, spiritual life or a student’s relationships with faculty, which are important reasons why applicants decide to attend Westmont,” Luy said.

Areas of achievement include peer assessment, percentage of classes under 50, percentage of full-time faculty, SAT test scores and acceptance rate. The largest jump was the 2008 graduation rate, which climbed 11 percent to 80 percent.

The news comes just days before Westmont welcomes the class of 2013. Orientation for first-year students and their parents begins Aug. 27, and classes for all students begin Aug. 31.

— Scott Craig is the media relations manager for Westmont College.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >