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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 TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,695
   Women950 (56.0%)
   Men745 (44.0%)
Graduate Students678


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate63% of 4,380 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.47
SAT Math507 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading503 average
460-570 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing504 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite23 average
20-25 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$56,125
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met79%
Average Freshman Award$32,346
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar System4-1-4
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 43% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes


Whittier Population86,177
Nearest Metropolitan AreaLos Angeles
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing74% of freshmen, 51% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
MascotJohny Poet
Sororities13% of women participate
Fraternities9% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.2% Asian
5.8% Black/African-American
39.9% Hispanic/Latino
37.6% White
4.8% Unknown
International Students3.4% from 27 countries
First-Year Students Returning82.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.25 3.39 531 563 539 25
Low 2.67 2.70 390 270 370 18
High 4.00 4.06 690 720 650 31
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