Applying to Whittier College

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Whittier College graduates describe their college experience as life-changing, empowering, and unique.

No matter where you've started, where you come from, and where you're headed, there's a pathway for you at Whittier College. 

First Year-Students

At Whittier College, a First-Year Student is someone who is a high school senior or who has graduated from high school but has not enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education.

Transfer Students

At Whittier College, a Transfer Student is someone who has graduated from high school (or equivalent) and has enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education.

International Students

Whittier College qualifies citizens of countries other than the United States, students who attend a U.S. high school or college but have a foreign passport, and U.S. citizens attending high school or college abroad as International Students.

Over $71 million in grants and scholarships were awarded to admitted students.

  • Total Applications: 3,144
    • First-Year: 2,884
    • Transfer: 260
  • Total Admitted: 2,570
    • First-Year: 2,377
    • Transfer: 193
  • Total Enrollment: 410
    • First-Year: 329
    • Transfer: 81

Admitted Student Academic Middle 50% Ranges

  • First-Year WC GPA (Weighted, grades 9-11): 3.35 - 4.0
  • First-Year SAT Total: 1130-1340
  • First-Year ACT Composite: 25-30
  • Applicants who opted out of SAT and/or ACT scores: 76%
  • Transfer GPA: 3.05 - 3.77

Enrolled Geographic Distribution

  • 54.88% from California
  • 14.15% from Western United States (excluding CA)
  • 2.2% from the Midwest
  • 3.41% from the South
  • 3.41% from the Northeast
  • 21.22% from Outside the United States

Top 10 States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Race/Ethnicity (PEDS)

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Asian: 6.8%
  • Black or African-American: 4.7%
  • Latinx: 53.4%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
  • White: 22.8%
  • Two or more races: 7.2%
  • Unknown: 0.3% 
  • Nonresident/International: 4.2%

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