Whittier College

13406 E Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA

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Whittier College, located in Whittier, California, is private four year liberal arts institution founded in 1887. The school was founded based on Quaker principles, and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States, with students having different ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. The school offers over 30 programs of study and has an annual enrollment of approximately 1500 students, with 1300 hundred enrolled in the undergraduate program. The most notable alumnus of the school is late former president Richard Nixon, a California native and quaker.

Whittier College offers over thirty major and minor programs, allowing students to pursue the academic program that best suits his or her goals. As a liberal arts institution, the school promotes interdisciplinary education with a foundation based on the Quaker principles of personal growth and development. Students, particularly sophomores and seniors, are encouraged to meet with their teachers and defending their ideas and challenging ideas proposed by professors.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at Whittier College must complete the application for admission, along with the essay, teacher recommendations, transcripts and SAT scores. The application submitted will be reviewed by the school and a decision rendered regarding admission. If admitted, the student will be notified and given the information necessary for freshman students.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used to determine need, eligibility and awards. California residents may also apply for the CalGrant program. Students may also be required to provide additional financial information to ensure the FAFSA is accurate.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Whittier College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Whittier College is about 2,200, where graduate students make up roughly 20% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $43,000-$51,000 per year
  • Part time students pay in the range of $1,800 to $2,100 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid94%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships92%$27,045
Receiving Student Loans70%$8,011

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Whittier College may provide student services like:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

Whittier College has an overall graduation rate which is around 67%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years63%
Graduating in 5 Years4%
Graduating in 6 Years0.3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Law Program
    • * Accredited by the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (since 1978)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Whittier College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
  • Basketball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
  • Football (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies



English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Whittier College for official up-to-date information.

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