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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,665
   Women924 (55.5%)
   Men741 (44.5%)
Graduate Students625


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate62% of 4,850 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineFebruary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.51
SAT Math530 average
490-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading514 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing518 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite23 average
20-25 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$55,752
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met80%
Average Freshman Award$34,377
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar System4-1-4
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Whittier Population86,177
Nearest Metropolitan AreaLos Angeles
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 73% of freshmen, 50% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
MascotJohny Poet
Sororities14% of women participate
Fraternities 9% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
10.2% Asian
5.7% Black/African-American
46.0% Hispanic/Latino
4.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
32.7% White
0.4% Unknown
International Students3.8% from 27 countries
First-Year Students Returning86.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.48 3.76 578 575 580 28
Low 2.00 2.00 440 360 440 21
High 4.00 4.88 800 800 800 36
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