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The State of California and Los Angeles County have issued a "Safer at Home" order, asking everyone to remain at home except for essential activities as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this time, all Whittier College buildings are closed to the public. However, the College continues to operate with essential personnel onsite and all other staff working remotely. Learn More

  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
13406 E Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90608
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
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Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.

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Whittier College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
76%
SAT Range
1040-1220
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,363/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$32,748/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses

Majors

Pre-Physical Therapy at Whittier College

Kinesiology delivers critical training for some of the most in-demand professions today. Kinesiology is the study of human movement, which encompasses the scientific disciplines of Movement Anatomy, Biomechanics, Motor Learning & Control, and Exercise Physiology. Students also study the mental, motivational, & sociological aspects of sport and exercise in Psychology and Sociology of Sport courses.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,699Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
33
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
  • Diverese
    29%
  • Diverse
    29%
  • Eager, friendly and hardworking
    26%
  • Interesting
    6%
  • Quality and personable Proffesors
    6%
  • Outgoing
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
63%
Poll
33%
of students say they don't have Greek life.64 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.74 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Diverse
    62%
  • A place to learn and grow.
    18%
  • United
    13%
  • Indifferent to the students presence and safety
    3%
  • Inefficient
    3%
  • Terrible
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $46,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    72%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    97%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses

    Whittier College Reviews

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    I love Whittier College-the Professors and Doctors are fabulous and give you one on one treatment-As a smaller school the help and the curriculum are top notch and they make sure that you are taken care of-From top to bottom this is a fabulous school-I never would have been able to obtain my GPA if I had went to a larger school because I am handicapped and I need a lot of one on one-But I came here with a 4.0 and I am currently at 3.8 (the classes are difficult, but I am going to obtain my masters degree so I want to make sure that I am at that level. I will get it back up! Thank you to everyone that has helped me thus far!
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    The professors I encountered and the classes I took were the best part about this college. The small classes really do allow you to not only stand out, but to be heard in the classroom environment. That being said, I would like to see the business office be reformed and hire new individuals that actually know what they’re doing. I, unfortunately, was a victim of their incompetence because one certain employee told me I could opt out of second semester healthcare while I was on the school healthcare, so she said I would not have to pay for that entire second semester of it. She, of course, was wrong, and my family and I ended up having to make a couple thousand in just a few months since we had missed a couple monthly payments for the healthcare plan, and that was just not in our budget, and we got no sympathy from the business office. The employee still works there, and all she did was say sorry, but she said the couldn’t do anything about our situation at that time.
    Whittier College is one of the most unique and fascinating liberal arts colleges in the country.

    Professors at Whittier are easily accessible and always willing to help outside of class. One aspect of the school I will always be grateful for was how amazing our faculty was when it came to helping you learn and grow as a student.

    The college taught me not only how to be mindful, become a better problem-solver, and critical thinker. But most importantly, how to build meaningful relationships. Through all the vicissitudes and changes that occurred in the U.S. during my four years here, it was great to see how students from all walks of life developed relationships, came together and learned from one another.

    If you are looking for a highly diverse school that will challenge you, allow you to feel valued and respected on campus, and provide you a purposeful liberal arts education, consider Whittier College.