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Whittier College

  • Whittier, CA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 56%44%
    student ratio
  • 1,695
    total students
  • $39,736 | $39,736
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 63%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 507
    sat math
  • 503
    sat reading
  • 504
    sat writing
  • 23
    act composite

Overview

A Top-Ranking Liberal Arts College in Scenic Southern California

Whittier College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Whittier, California. The school -- which has an enrollment of over 1,500 students -- offers small class sizes, personalized degree programs, and ample opportunities for real-world learning experiences.

Whittier has earned a reputation for providing a high-quality liberal arts education. The Princeton Review recently named Whittier as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, and it included Whittier in the 2013 edition of "The Best 377 Colleges." Whittier is also among 200 schools listed in "Colleges of Distinction," a national college guidebook.

Whittier College is conveniently located between the vibrant city of Los Angeles and scenic Orange County. The campus boasts an eclectic mix of historic architecture and state-of-the art amenities including two 100-seat auditoriums, an art gallery, an outdoor amphitheater, a recently upgraded library, and a 7,000-seat sports stadium.

A Wide Variety of Degree Programs

Students at Whittier College may choose from 30 majors in 23 disciplines, including anthropology, history, mathematics, political science, economics, English, and business administration.

Whittier College also provides students with opportunities to pursue self-designed majors through its Whittier Scholars Program (WSP). WSP students work closely with faculty members to develop a highly personalized course of study in specific areas of interest. This program culminates in the research, presentation, and defense of senior projects. Approximately 12% of Whittier students participate in WSP.

A Traditional Liberal Arts Education Program

Whittier College places an emphasis on providing students with a traditional, interdisciplinary liberal arts education. Whittier students are encouraged to think critically and to learn about other perspectives and cultures through cross-curricular courses and experiential learning activities such as internships and study abroad opportunities.

In addition to completing the required coursework for their major, all Whittier students are required to complete six hours of coursework each in the areas of natural science, social science, fine arts, and humanities.

An Emphasis on Writing

All Whittier College students are required to complete several specialized courses designed to help them improve and refine their writing skills.

The required writing coursework begins with a first-year writing seminar and culminates in a paper-in-the-major, which each student completes during his or her senior year of study. The paper-in-the-major, which is developed with the guidance of a faculty member, is often used as a writing sample by students applying to graduate programs.

A Smooth Transition to a Vibrant Academic Community

Whittier provides a wide range of services and programs designed to help new freshman and transfer students adjust to college life.

First-year students live in arrangements called "Living Learning Communities." These communities are composed of small groups of students who live in the first-year residence halls on campus. Students are typically grouped by major or common interests, and together they participate in a "first-year experience" program that includes advising and planning sessions with a faculty member, specialized writing classes, and peer mentoring.

Additional activities, such as orientation and pre-orientation, are open to all first-year and transfer students.

Exciting Study Abroad Opportunities

Whittier College provides many opportunities for students interested in learning about other cultures. Each student may choose to spend a semester, a year, or a summer living and studying in a variety of locations around the world. Whittier also offers several study abroad opportunities during the optional January interim term (or "JanTerm").

Past and upcoming study abroad opportunities include a course on managing multinational corporations in Mexico; a study of Islamic culture in Morocco; an examination of race, religion, and gender in South America; and an anthropology course in Tanzania.

Internships and Work-Study Programs Provide Valuable, Real-World Experience

Because Whittier College is located within driving distance to Los Angeles and Orange County, students have access to a wide range of prestigious internships with companies in industries ranging from entertainment to business.

Whittier students have completed internships with Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, the J. Paul Getty Museum, EMI Music Publishing, New Line Cinema, First Heritage Bank, Southern California Edison, and the US Department of Education.

Students may also choose to gain hands-on work experience through one of Whittier's many partnerships with community and government organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier. Students in fields such as education, child psychology, and social work can participate in work-study programs at Broadoaks Children's School, Whittier's private, non-profit demonstration school.

Clubs, Sports, and Extracurricular Activities

Students interested in getting involved in extracurricular activities can choose from a wide variety of options. Whittier is home to more than 60 academic, cultural, political, and general-interest clubs and organizations, as well as several service-oriented fraternities and sororities. The school also has a student newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, video production studio, and radio station.

Whittier is home to 21 intercollegiate sports teams, including men's and women's basketball, track and field, swimming and diving, soccer; lacrosse; and tennis. Whittier also offers men's baseball and football.

Whittier also offers opportunities for involvement in student government, community service, and leadership programs through the Leadership Experience and Programs (LEAP) Office.

Admissions and Fees

Students interested in applying to Whittier College must submit completed application forms, application fee, transcripts, SAT I or ACT scores, personal statements, counselor evaluations, and letters of recommendation from current or former teachers. Students interested in transferring to Whittier from another college or university must also each submit college transcripts and letters of recommendation from two former or current professors.

Fees include tuition; room and board; and books. Scholarships and financial aid are available, and most Whittier students receive a combination of grants, scholarships, and loans.


Location & Contact

13406 East Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
USA

Mr.Kieron Miller

Director of Admission

Phone: 562-907-4238
Fax: 562-907-4870
Email: admission@whittier.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • African Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chinese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,380
    • Accepted2,771
    • Acceptance Rate63%
    • Enrolled1,695
    • Female Applicants2,678
    • Females Accepted1,751
    • Female Acceptance Rate65%
    • Male Applicants1,702
    • Males Accepted1,020
    • Male Acceptance Rate59%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some Minimum high school GPA of 3.5
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.47
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 1st Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 503 460 570
    • SAT Math 507 470 580
    • SAT Writing 504 470 580
    • ACT Composite 23 20 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$39,736
    • Out-of-state tuition *$39,736
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$360.00
    • Room and board *$11,494.00
    • Room only *$6,412.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,695
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino38.35%
    • Black or African American5.6%
    • White or Caucasian36.17%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.77%
    • Asian10.74%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown4.6%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.43% representing 27 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students19% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 51%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Hispanic Students Association, Hawaiian Islander Club, Black Student Union, Asian Students Association, Environment & Sustainability - Raising Awareness for the Environment / Urban Agriculture / Food Recovery Network
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes Division X No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty167
    • Full-time Percentage65%
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 1,677 students to 128 faculty


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