Located in beautiful Southern California, culturally-rich Escondido is situated in North San Diego County. Westminster Seminary California is just 45 minutes north of the San Diego Airport. The sunny beaches, Mediterranean climate, and countless attractions make San Diego a popular vacation destination and place to call home.
Nearby is the celebrated San Diego Wild Animal Park, a favorite family retreat. Within reasonable driving distance from the seminary are several other family-friendly spots, including The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and Sea World. The California Center for the Arts Escondido offers live performances ranging from classical symphonies to modern theatre productions by internationally acclaimed artists. In downtown Escondido you can peruse quaint shops, enjoy antique car shows, and buy fresh produce at the weekly farmers’ market.
North San Diego County also offers some of the top hospitals and medical facilities in the nation, including the Scripps Hospitals, Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and Palomar Medical Center. As the nation’s fastest growing region for the biomedical, high-tech, and telecommunication industries, San Diego County is on the cutting edge of science and technology. It is home to several first-class academic and research institutions, such as the University of California at San Diego, Salk Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Scripps Clinic.
The seminary address is 1725 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027.
Travel and Transportation
From Los Angeles
From I-5 or I-15 South – take Hwy 78 east, into Escondido.
At Broadway, where Hwy 78 turns right and becomes a surface street, continue straight ahead on Lincoln Avenue.
At Rose Street, turn right. Rose merges with Boyle Avenue south of East Valley Parkway, and the Seminary campus is at the intersection of Boyle and Bear Valley Parkway on the hill overlooking Bear Valley.
From San Diego
Take Highway 163 north to Interstate 15 north and then exit at Via Rancho Parkway.
Turn right on Via Rancho Parkway (which becomes Bear Valley Parkway) and continue approximately 4.5 miles to the Seminary campus at the intersection of Bear Valley Parkway and Boyle Avenue.
Turn right on Boyle and enter the gates of the Seminary.
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Located in beautiful Southern California, Westminster Seminary California is situated in Escondido, which is in North San Diego County.
The WSC student body represents over 20 denominations and several countries around the world.
Students find mutual encouragement and edification in their friendships with each other.
Because of our commitment to a 1:10 faculty-to-student ratio, students develop formative relationships with faculty and receive valuable insights into the joys and struggles of ministry.
The spiritual life of Westminster Seminary California is nurtured by morning devotions on Tuesdays and Thursdays and student-advisor prayer groups on Wednesdays. All devotional exercises are governed by the Word of God, which remains the true guide in Christian worship and prayer, as well as in all other activities of the Christian life and life on campus.
WSC faculty enjoy interacting with their students outside the classroom.
The library houses over 120,000 titles and subscribes to over 260 periodicals. A substantial collection of works on Reformed theology is augmented by an excellent collection of materials in biblical studies and church history.
Through membership in the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, the library affords unlimited online searching of Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC) large book database which includes full-text documents that can be read online or printed.
The library provides enclosed areas for quiet, personal study as well as open places for interactive study groups and discussions.
Because leaders confronted with complex issues in the church need to advance in scholarship, critical discernment, and spiritual maturity, WSC maintains a culture that encourages students in the exercise of academic freedom.
Believing that intense study and rigorous thought should be an act of spiritual devotion, Westminster Seminary California seeks to become a community of scholar-servants who love God with all their minds and hearts, and who love others for his sake.
Westminster Seminary California strives to maintain a community of Christian research and scholarship where the proper cultivation of the mind increases the devotion of the heart.
At WSC, you will experience a Christian community of faith not only in the classroom, but also in a variety of forums outside of class which promote spiritual life, faith and fellowship
Your conversations and interactions with faculty and fellow students will undoubtedly sharpen your convictions and clarify your communication skills, which is why WSC is committed to cultivating an environment that is both academically and relationally nurturing.
A variety of student events are held throughout the year. Many are sponsored by the Westminster Student Association (WSA) which seeks to promote Christian fellowship and growth among students, faculty, staff, and their families. The WSA coordinates a variety of activities such as dinners, guest speakers, the student-faculty softball game, BBQ lunches, sporting events, and more.
During precious down time, students can enjoy the Southern California weather by exploring greater San Diego County and its beaches or by spending time on our beautiful campus. Students regularly play Ultimate Frisbee, soccer and basketball during the week.
The Westminster Village provides a community where fellowship and families flourish, and life-long relationships are established for a life-time of ministry.
The Westminster Seminary California Residential Village offers 64 affordable and comfortable on-campus apartments for single students and families. Located a short walk from the classroom, these apartments enhance the already-vibrant community of faith that has been the hallmark of WSC where students thrive on face-to-face education and where the mentoring relationship with their pastor-professors produces hearts and minds toward Christ.