First-Year Students


How to Apply

  1. Submit an application via the Common Application in addition to the following items:
  2. Letter of recommendation from a recent or current teacher
  3. Secondary School Report from your college/guidance counselor
  4. Official high school transcripts reflecting coursework through the junior year for Early Action applications, and through the fall semester of senior year for the Regular Decision applications.
  5. Standardized Test scores Whittier College is Test-Optional. If you choose to submit your standardized test scores, Whittier College will consider your highest section scores from across all test dates (also known as super scoring) from your SAT or ACT results. You should provide all test score results by submitting an official score report through the testing agency (SAT I Code #4952, ACT Code #0480), or by self-reporting all scores using the Test Score Form in their application portal.* Enrolling students that applied using self-reported test scores will need to verify their scores by submitting an official score report from the testing agency before starting classes. If you feel like your standardized test score results are not an accurate reflection of your academic potential we can consider your application without them if you apply as a Test-Optional applicant.** This preference must be indicated in your Common Application.

*Test scores self-reported in the Common Application will not be used for the admission review process.

**Students that apply as Test-Optional that have a Whittier Admission GPA under a 3.0 could be required to provide standardized test scores in order to be considered for admission. The Whittier Admission GPA is a 9-11 grade, weighted GPA that includes all academic classes.

You may submit any additional information you believe will help support your application for admission.

To use an application fee waiver, simply select “I have received an application fee waiver from Whittier College” under the School Specific Fee Waiver option on the Common App.

Whittier College welcomes applications from DACA and undocumented students.

When to Apply

Early Action

Application deadline: November 15
FAFSA deadline: November 15
Decisions sent: January 17
Enrollment deadline: June 1

Regular Decision

Application deadline: Rolling
FAFSA and Cal Grant (California applicants) deadline: March 2
Decisions sent: Rolling
Enrollment deadline: June 1

Spring Applicants

Application deadline: December 17
FAFSA deadline: December 17
Decisions sent: Rolling
Enrollment deadline: Rolling

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

There is no separate application process to be considered for merit-based academic scholarships.

Talent Scholarships

  • Must be an admitted student to apply for talent-based scholarships in Art, Music, and Theatre.
  • Scholarship recipients do not have to major or minor in the subject, only maintain involvement with the department throughout their time at Whittier.
  • Scholarships are valued from $1,000 to $12,000 and are based on a separate application process.
  • Deadline to apply: February 2020.
  • Audition/Portfolio Review Date: February 2020.
  • Talent Applications, FAQs, and Contact Information

Need-Based Aid

All need-based aid is awarded by the Office of Financial Aid.

Aid for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students will have the opportunity to receive academic and talent scholarships in addition to need-based financial aid.

Clery Act

We value the safety of all members of the Whittier community. The Whittier College Annual Security and Fire Safety Report can be viewed online. This report provides crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and adjudication of reportable crimes. A paper copy of the document is available at the Department of Campus Safety or by calling 562.907.4211