Whittier College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Whittier College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionLow

Can I get into Whittier College? The school has a 69% acceptance rate. Last year, 3,574 out of 5,146 applicants were admitted making Whittier College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores. Whittier College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Whittier College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Whittier College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1200
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Whittier College?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 79 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Whittier College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1200 and Above Good >79%
1100 to 1200 Avg + 69%-79%
1000 to 1100 Avg - 57%-69%
900 to 1000 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 900 Low <44%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Whittier College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Whittier College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 26
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Whittier College?

Admission data indicates that Whittier College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Whittier College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Whittier College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >79%
23 to 26 Avg + 69%-79%
20 to 23 Avg - 57%-69%
17 to 20 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 17 Low <44%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need above average high school grades to get into Whittier College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Whittier College was 3.47 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Whittier College accepts 69% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Whittier College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 19% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Good
3.25 to 3.50 24% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 14% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

Whittier College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,090 2,056 5,146
Accepted 2,183 1,391 3,574
Acceptance Rate 71% 68% 69%
Enrolled 223 203 426
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 10% 15% 12%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Whittier College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Whittier College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Whittier College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=125763 IPEDS survey data for Whittier College.