Whittier College

13406 Philadelphia St, Whittier, United States
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Overview of Whittier College

About this school

Whittier, founded in 1887, is a private, liberal arts college. Its 95-acre campus is located in Whittier, 18 miles east of Los Angeles.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:1,681
    • Men:728 Men (43.3%)
    • Women:953 Women (56.7%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Whittier College is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
3
4
Mathematics
2
3
Science
1
2
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
1
2
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required for some
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Recommended
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
13406 East Philadelphia Street
City, State, Zip
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Phone
(562) 907-4238
Fax
(562) 907-4870
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
December 30

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
74% of 5,773 applicants were admitted
Women
75% of 3,440 applicants were admitted
Men
72% of 2,333 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
585 (14%) of 4,277 admitted students enrolled
Women
311 (12%) of 2,593 admitted students enrolled
Men
274 (16%) of 1,684 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.53
375 And Above
31%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
11%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
500-600 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
2%
• Score 600 - 700
25%
• Score 500 - 600
50%
• Score 400 - 500
20%
• Score 300 - 400
3%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
4%
• Score 600 - 700
31%
• Score 500 - 600
46%
• Score 400 - 500
17%
• Score 300 - 400
2%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
23 average |21-27 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
7%
• Score 24 - 29
39%
• Score 18 - 23
46%
• Score 12 - 17
8%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $46,120 (74.63%)
  • Room & Board: - $13,328 (21.57%)
  • Other Expenses: - $800 (1.29%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,549 (2.51%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Whittier College accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1 | Final deadline June 30
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning February 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001342
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
471 (90.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
432 (91.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
432 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
76 (17.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$39,034
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 371 (85.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,855
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 352 (81.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,553
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 61 (14.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
82 (15.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,517

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,376 (83.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,284 (93.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,279 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
203 (15.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$37,931
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,139 (89.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $34,151
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,070 (83.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,525
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 140 (10.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
293 (17.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,612

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
75%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$32,258
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
15.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,270

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


4-1-4

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


119

Part-Time Faculty


46

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


68%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 21% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 42% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 31% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 3% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 1% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 31% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 39% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 28% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
557,324
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
175
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Whittier College provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


77.7%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


61.9%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


68%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


69.2%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (30)


  • African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Child Development
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Business/marketing, Parks and recreation

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Juris Doctor

Master's Programs of Study (5)


  • Child Development
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


86,177

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Los Angeles

Campus Size


95 acres

Weather


Temperature
48.9 average low in January, 76.6 average high in September
Rain
35 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
-
Nearest Train Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Fullerton

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


50% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through junior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


50%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Johny Poet
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, softball, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Whittier College offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, hispanic students association, hawaiian islander club, black student union, asian students association, environment & sustainability - raising awareness for the environment / urban agriculture / food recovery network

Sororities


14% of women participate

Fraternities


9% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,640

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
1,681
Women
953
Men
728

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 7.0% Asian
  • 5.2% Black/African-American
  • 51.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.5% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 27.9% White
  • 0.6% Unknown

International Students


2.7% from 27 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


223

Student Resources

Study resources