Next Steps


Submit your non-refundable $400 enrollment deposit and Housing Form or Housing Exemption Form to the Office of Admission. Once we have received the required forms and deposit, we will send an acknowledgement letter to you, confirming your place in our freshman or transfer class.​


You will begin receiving critical materials from the College, anticipating your arrival on campus and entry into the Whittier College community. Specifically you will receive a letter from the dean of students instructing you to go to a special website to fill out requested forms online and to print out your health forms, and take them to your physician to be completed. You will use the website to complete placement tests for mathematics and foreign language, and if you are a first-year student, you will also register there for your fall classes.


You will receive your Housing Information from the Office of Residential Life, which will give the name, address, and phone number of your roommate(s) for the upcoming school year, and your residence hall assignment. We strongly advise you to contact your roommate(s) prior to your arrival on campus, so you can get to know one another and so you can make helpful decisions about what each of you might bring to make your room feel like a second home.


Traditionally, Whittier College's Orientation for new students begins over Labor Day Weekend. Move-in day for 2014 is Sunday, August 31st. Designed to act as your introduction to Whittier, Orientation takes place over several days prior to the start of the fall semester and is an opportunity for new students to meet professors, administrators and of course, fellow students. In addition to getting you accustomed to your new campus, Orientation events enable you to meet upperclassmen who stand ready to serve as peer advisors and help introduce you to Whittier life. Activities quickly break down barriers between students, and many later look back on Orientation as one of their favorite times at Whittier.

If at any time during this process you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admission at or 562.907.4238. Thank you, and welcome to the Whittier College community!