Making a Successful Transition

Light of Learning

At Whittier we make a special effort to facilitate an easy transition to college life, and Orientation is a chance to take care of business while having a lot of fun.

During this yearly tradition, all new students spend three days prior to the start of the school year getting to know their classmates while learning important information that will make their Whittier experience successful. Many students point to Orientation as one of their most enjoyable times at Whittier, a chance to learn about new opportunities while making new friends - many of them bound to last for years.

Our commitment to helping students bridge the gap between high school and college is not limited to Orientation. One hugely important example is the First-Year Experience — a program through which mentors and peer advisors help students grow to fit their new environment, while creative living arrangements help students lay the foundations for lifelong friendships and enduring learning skills.