Students Say

At tiny Whittier College in California, there’s a proud emphasis placed on the interconnectedness of all of the liberal arts disciplines. Students are challenged to learn things relevant to their field and “encouraged to take courses in seemingly unrelated fields and then make connections to see how they actually all relate.”

Overview

Applicants
4,123
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

19%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 580
SAT Math
480 - 590
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

At tiny Whittier College in California, there’s a proud emphasis placed on the interconnectedness of all of the liberal arts disciplines. Students are challenged to learn things relevant to their field and “encouraged to take courses in seemingly unrelated fields and then make connections to see how they actually all relate.” In being allowed “to pursue their educations in a comfortable and friendly environment,” students enjoy how the school allows for a “strengthening of student integrity” by providing a tight-knit community. Professors are “all passionate about their subject material,” and their understanding and flexibility are spoken of highly; although “a course [may be] geared to a particular subject, the professors make it a point to relate the discipline to others we may be interested in, too.” “All of your professors will know you by name, and not by number, because you matter to them.” Aside from being knowledgeable and sincere, faculty also help students to “pursue larger goals in life,” and encourage students “to take their own initiative in developing their goals and future.” Small class sizes (and an “amazing” range of classes) at Whittier provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and to receive personalized attention, and teachers “make you feel welcome and always informed.” Academics are “challenging, but not…difficult to where it is impossible.” Whittier also offers a January term to help students graduate on time [or] early, and there’s free tutoring to help with homework and studies. Internships, work study, and leadership are all available starting as a freshman, and it’s “easy to travel abroad.” Basically, “if you utilize the resources available on campus, you can truly make your own experience.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.8:1
Total Faculty
130
with Terminal Degree
111

66
Men
64
Women
36
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Richard M. Nixon '34
President of the United States

Jessamyn West '23
Author, The Friendly Persuasion (and others)

Jim Skipper '73
Assistant Head Coach, NFL Carolina Panthers

Peter Harris '65
CEO Marine West

Darrell Walker '76
Exec. VP for Business Affairs, BET Television

Edward Petersen '93
Co-Founder, VP for Consumer Affairs, Intelius

George Stults '98
Actor, Seventh Heaven

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Jun 30
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,652

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,547

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,043

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,212

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,765

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,736
Required Fees
$360
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$650

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Predictably, there are a number of California natives at Whittier, but those from out-of-state find themselves happily adopted. Students here are extremely friendly and “mostly fit in with their types,” but there’s a fair amount of crosspollination among the groups because “everyone sort of meets each other in all the different classes.” Everyone at Whittier “has a niche,” and for the most part, “everyone respects, as well as embraces, each others’ uniqueness.” The Division III school is athletically inclined, and a fair number of people play sports, though “it’s not ‘that’ athletic of a student body.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,371
Out of State
27%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

53% female
47% male
27% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

When schoolwork is done, busy Whittier students “do their best to promote their own strengths in extracurricular activities.” This is a true California school at heart, and “you can always find students laying out on the quad soaking up the beautiful Southern California sun.” “On sunny days (which is basically everyday), I have seen slip-n-slides on the quad.” The whole town “is supportive of Whittier College,” and “there are several unique mom-and-pop shops and eateries throughout Uptown, along with a movie theater,” all within walking distance. Still, a lot of students get out of Whittier by driving to Los Angeles or the nearby beach, and “getting a Disneyland annual pass is very popular.” In recent years, housing has been overcrowded, resulting in some busy cafeterias and creative living arrangements. On weekends, some “like to party at the houses off campus that certain students rent out,” but for those who don’t, there are a “lot of on-campus activities are offered in the evening.” “The school does not revolve around the ‘party scene’ like other campuses, although one does exist if it’s desired,” says a student. Societies, intramurals, and clubs on campus “are constantly organizing events” though some commuter students who aren’t able to participate in these events speak of feeling disconnected from the Whittier community.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
71
First-Year Students living on campus
86%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Rosalba B. Rios, M.S.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
1. The evaluation must minimally include the administration of a measure of intellectual ability (e.g. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales 3rd Edition) and a measure of academic achievement (e.g. Wechsler Individualized Achievement Test 2nd Edition, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement, 3rd Edition). 2. The diagnosis of a learning disability must be based upon established clinical criteria (e.g. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition).

Documentation Requred for ADHD
1. The documentation must be submitted by a clinician who is qualified to diagnose and treat psychological disorders. The evaluative methods used to establish the diagnosis should be indicated. A diagnosis consistent with established clinical criteria (e.g. DSM-IV) must be given. Indication of the person's present symptoms and their degree of impairment (e.g. Global Assessment of Function score) should be provided.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
6

14% join a fraternity
20% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Poets)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Poets)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: TOBGLAD (http://www.whittier.edu/Students/CulturalCenter/BGLAD.aspx)

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cal State Fullerton
Air Force ROTC Offered

Sustainability

Green Rating
68

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Renee Miller
Administrative Assistant

Address
Office of Admissions
13406 E. Philadelphia St., P. O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608

Phone
562-907-4238

Email
admission@whittier.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Campus Center
Bonnie Bell Wardman Library
Donald Graham Athletics Center
Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts
the Rock (campus icon)
The recently renovated Campus Center houses the student services division, campus dining, The Spot (campus cafe),student organization offices, KPOET radio, student newspaper Quaker Campus, and an outdoor amphitheatre.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Hollywood Bowl
J. Paul Getty Museum
Disneyland
Venice Beach
Joshua Tree National Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
562-907-4238

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Fall semester

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@whittier.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1 night stays; available Sun-Thurs nights only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Los Angeles and Ontario airports are both 25 miles from campus. Super Shuttle service is available from both airports to campus; call 818-556-6600. No particular advance arrangements are necessary for transportation from Los Angeles, but for transportation from Ontario, call 24 hours in advance. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways bus lines serve Los Angeles. Taxis are available for the ride to campus from the terminals.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the 605 freeway, exit onto Beverly Blvd. East. Proceed east to Painter Blvd. and turn right. Take Painter to Philadelphia St. (the entrance to the college), turn right and park behind Weingart Hall.

Local Accommodations
The Whittier Radisson Hotel (7320 Greenleaf Ave.; 562-945-8511) is 6 blocks away. It has a pool, Jacuzzi, and exercise room, and tennis is available. Rates are moderate, but don't forget to mention Whittier College to receive a special rate. About a mile away, also with an inexpensive rate for visitors (including continental breakfast), is the Whittier Vagabond Hotel (14125 E. Whittier Blvd.; 562-698-9701). A wide selection of restaurants is available in nearby Uptown Whittier Village. For bed-and-breakfasts, check the Pepperdine University entry for the bed-and-breakfast referral services.
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Key Stats

4,123
Applicants
1,371
Size
64%
Acceptance Rate
1060
SAT Scores

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