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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, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into Whittier College.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- High School Academic Ranking are Required
- Letters of Recommendation are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|SAT ® Critical Reading||460 - 570|
|SAT ® Math||470 - 580|
|SAT ® Writing||470 - 580|
|SAT ® Total Score||1400 - 1730|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||0 - 0|
|ACT ® Math||0 - 0|
|ACT ® Composite Score||20 - 25|
Acceptance Rate Table
The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into Whittier College.
|Granted Admissions||2,771 (63%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||446 (16%)|
The total student enrollment at Whittier College is about 2,400, where graduate students make up roughly 33% 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 $38,000-$46,000 per year
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,600 to $1,900 per unit
- May offer prepaid tuition, allowing students to purchase tuition at current rates for future years.
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||95%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||93%||$23,327|
|Receiving Student Loans||68%||$8,638|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 6%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, Whittier College may provide student services like:
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
Whittier College has an overall graduation rate which is around 55%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||50%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||5%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||0.6%|
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)
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)
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
- Water Polo
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
Legal Professions and Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
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