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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 Students1,670
   Women882 (52.8%)
   Men788 (47.2%)
Graduate Students778


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate64% of 4,123 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 GPA3.37
SAT Math524 average
480-490 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading520 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$53,700
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met72%
Average Freshman Award$30,802
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar System4-1-4
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 43% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-59 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Whittier Population83,680
Nearest Metropolitan AreaLos Angeles
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing73% of freshmen, 49% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
MascotJohny Poet
Sororities13% of women participate
Fraternities10% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.3% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
37.8% Hispanic/Latino
38.9% White
5.2% Unknown
International Students3.1% from 20 countries
First-Year Students Returning86.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.38 3.52 549 569 543 26
Low 2.70 2.70 400 430 400 22
High 4.00 4.50 710 680 710 31
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