Whittier College

13406 E Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90601
Tel: (562)907-4205
Private not-for-profit | 2,441 students
Whittier College is a four-year independent residential liberal arts college distinguished by its small size, nationally recognized liberal arts curriculum, and innovative interdisciplinary programs.

School Overview:

Whittier College
CountyLos Angeles County, CA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
193 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,441 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
2,174 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
267 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
1,670 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
771 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted64%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)460-580450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)478-590460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)470-580440-570
ACT Composite (25-75%)20-2520-25

School Notes:

  • The college’s primary mission is to educate students in a small college atmosphere where they can learn, acquire skills, and form attitudes and values appropriate for leading and serving in a global society. It seeks to do this in the context of a diverse, friendly and caring community, Committed to excellence in undergraduate education, Whittier also offers selected advanced degrees, and the Whittier Law School is an important part of the total institution.
  • Whittier College was founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends in 1887 and was chartered by the State of California in 1901. The college’s founders named it in honor of Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, who wrote of his pleasure at the honor but died in 1892 without ever having seen the college. Though it continues to honor its Quaker heritage, the college has been a secular institution since the 1940s.
  • The campus houses 29 academic and administrative facilities, a performing arts center, a chapel, a library, athletic fields and facilities, and seven residence halls. Situated on 74 acres just 18 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Whittier offers small town charm along with many of the amenities of a metropolitan community.
  • Whittier College provides 26 majors in 23 disciplines leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The most popular majors are business, English and political science. The academic year consists of two semesters and the January Interim Session.
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