Class of 2011 Arrives at Westmont

The 388 members of the incoming class of 2011 arrived on campus as one of the strongest academic classes in the 70-year history of Westmont College.

“For ninety-one percent of them, Westmont was their first choice,” says Joyce Luy, dean of admission. Additionally, Westmont welcomes 56 transfer students from such four-year colleges and universities as Vanderbilt, U.S. Military Academy, Vassar, and Bucknell, as well as 23 California community colleges. New president Gayle Beebe welcomed the entire student body in chapel on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 27.

The freshman class has an impressive overall academic average GPA of 3.8 and an average SAT score of 1200. Nearly two-thirds (250 students) have earned academic merit scholarships ranging from $7,000 to full tuition.

First-year students come from all over the world, including 21 states and three foreign countries. Four new international students join Westmont from Korea, Venezuela, and two from Kenya. Seventy percent of the class of 2011 is from California, including 49 first-year students from the Tri-County area.

Warrior Athletics Looks Promising

An exhibition game against UC Santa Barbara Saturday, Aug. 25, introduced the men’s soccer team to the community. More than a dozen players competed in their first collegiate game. In only his second match as a Warrior, junior goalkeeper Justin Etherton recorded 13 saves in the 45th annual Bryant & Sons Cup. UCSB, the reigning national champions, won the exhibition 2-0.

“With seventeen new players on our roster, it was great to see us come out feeling positive against the national champs,” says Head Coach Dave Wolf.

Next up for the Warriors is the Heritage Club Classic on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1, at Russ Carr Field. Westmont will host Dominican at 3 pm following the opener between Azusa Pacific and Northwestern (Iowa) at 1 pm. On Saturday, Azusa Pacific and Westmont will switch partners, with the Cougars taking on Dominican at 11 am and the Warriors hosting Northwestern at 1 pm.

Westmont women’s soccer, which has won more national championships than any other NAIA school, will be shooting for another title. All-GSAC junior forward Amy Lawson, who scored 12 goals last season, will lead the team offensively. The Warriors opened the regular season against CSU San Bernardino and will return home Saturday, Sept. 8, against Holy Names at 1 pm.

The Westmont women’s volleyball team is off to a 4-0 start and won the Roberts Wesleyan Volleyball Tournament in Rochester, New York. They will be in Irvine on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 for the Concordia Volleyball Festival.