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Whittier College

Whittier, California

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Whittier College overview
Location Whittier, California
Online whittier.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Whittier College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Whittier College, located in Whittier, California, is a private liberal arts college known for its historical ties as a Quaker institution, although it has been nonsectarian since the late 1940s. Established in 1887, it sits on a suburban 75-acre campus featuring a blend of traditional architecture and modern facilities, approximately 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Whittier College provides a residential experience with over half of its student body living on campus in residence halls, suites, and themed living-learning communities. The academic atmosphere at Whittier is characterized by a low student-to-faculty ratio, with notable programs in Business Administration and Psychology among its diverse range of undergraduate majors. Admission to Whittier College is considered selective. While the college does not emphasize athletics, it fields a range of NCAA Division III sports teams known as the Poets, in recognition of alumnus and celebrated poet John Greenleaf Whittier.

In the most recent statistical year 3,014 prospective students applied, and 2,274 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 249 enrolled in the school.  1,120 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 72 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $48,924 plus fees of $940. Whittier College is ranked 273 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Whittier College is rated within the top 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1140/1340
ACT 24/30
GPA 3.61

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Whittier College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$940
Room and Board $15,623
Budget for Other Expenses$1,000
Total One Year Cost$67,487

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Whittier College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 22%
Business 17%
Psychology 8%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%
Biology 7%

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