Whittier College

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13406 Philadelphia Street, PO Box 634

Whittier, CA 90608

Phone: (562) 907-4200
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Whittier College is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,670, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 75 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Whittier College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 126. Its tuition and fees are $40,096 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Whittier College is a vibrant, residential four-year liberal arts institution, where intellectual inquiry and experiential learning are fostered in a community that promotes respect for diversity of thought and culture. With 43 percent of its students hailing from traditionally under-represented groups, and its federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Whittier College remains one of the most diverse liberal arts schools in the nation. The College's location at the crossroads of Los Angeles and Orange Counties - Southern California's centers of urban and cultural life - provides unparalleled opportunities to explore a full range of thought, cultures, and talents. Nationally recognized for its Whittier Scholars Program, interdisciplinary curriculum, and emphasis on linking theory and practice, Whittier College's academic program is progressive; students gain a wide breadth of knowledge and the confidence to apply that knowledge, primed to flourish in graduate studies, the evolving global workplace, and life. Working closely with professors and with the advantage of small class size, students have extensive undergraduate research opportunities, which atypically extend beyond the natural and physical sciences to include social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Multitudes of students have become published authors through joint research endeavors and have actively participated in national professional conferences. Whittier faculty also embrace the educational advantages provided through experiential learning; a high percentage of students engage in off-campus study both locally and abroad, academically supported through research trips, fieldwork, service projects, and professional internships. Popular with students is the January Interim session, an abbreviated but rigorous term that offers intense focus on subject matter, typically followed by a field trip to apply learning. Recent courses included travel to Mexico to study multinational management practices; Chile to analyze the politics of race, religion, and gender in action; Paris to examine historical social construct through city planning; and Rome to explore origins of art and architecture. Whittier's 50-year association with the DIS-Copenhagen program remains the most popular semester abroad option, though recent choice destinations have included India, China, Egypt, Africa, and South America. Hosting nearly 90 registered student organizations, club sports, and honorary societies, as well as 21 NCAA Division III competitive sports teams - including champion lacrosse and water polo teams - Whittier College affords students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of student life. The intimate size of the campus, educational and social events hosted at the Faculty Masters' homes, themed living-learning groups, and inherently inclusive Quaker values of truth, acceptance, justice, community, service, and diversity each contribute to the strong sense of community experienced by all. In particular, strong faculty-student relationships are forged here - through collaborative projects, mentoring, and social interaction - that extend well beyond the college years and most often result in professional networking, graduate study references, and career assistance later in life. Combining experience, academics, and environment, Whittier graduates emerge well-prepared for leadership in a global economy across a variety of sectors, including public service, education and social work, science and health, entrepreneurial business, and the arts.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $80,221,497


When applying to Whittier College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Whittier College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 59.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Whittier College is 13:1, and the school has 58.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Whittier College include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 66%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 22%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 8%
Psychology 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Whittier College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,670, with a gender distribution of 47.2 percent male students and 52.8 percent female students. At this school, 49 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51 percent of students live off campus. Whittier College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,448
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Whittier College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Whittier College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Whittier College, 79 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Whittier College.

Students who have cars on campus 79%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Whittier College, 79.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $27,547.

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Tuition and fees $40,096 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,494 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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