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Whittier College
Whittier, CA
Whittier, founded in 1887, is a private, liberal arts college. Its 95-acre campus is located in Whittier, 18 miles east of Los Angeles.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,615
   Women 924 (57.2%)
   Men 691 (42.8%)
Graduate Students 459
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 69% of 5,146 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.50
SAT Math 527 average
460-560 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 524 average
460-570 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $59,825
  Tuition and Fees $44,774
  Room and Board $12,902
Average Percent of Need Met 78%
Average Freshman Award $36,933
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 116
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 38% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Whittier Population 86,177
Nearest Metropolitan Area Los Angeles
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 70% of freshmen, 50% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Johny Poet
Sororities 14% of women participate
Fraternities 9% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.6% Asian
4.0% Black/African-American
48.2% Hispanic/Latino
6.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
32.1% White
1.3% Unknown
International Students 3.0% from 27 countries
First-Year Students Returning 76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 59.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 20.0%