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. Official SAT or ACT scores. Beginning with the class of 2021, the College has adopted a test-optional admission policy, an approach that allows you to choose whether your SAT/ACT scores should be considered in the process. Applicants for admission with a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 3.0 can elect to apply under the test-optional policy, and must indicate this preference on their application. If you decide to submit test results, request that your SAT I (Code #4952) or ACT (Code #0480) results be sent to the College. 

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

Whittier College welcomes applications from DACA and undocumented students.

Application Deadlines

November 15 – Application filing date for Early Action candidates (non-binding early deadline)
February 1 – Priority application filing date for Regular Decision candidates
March 2 – Deadline for financial aid applicants to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for California Residents to apply for the Cal Grant Program.

Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure consideration for the fullest range of scholarship opportunities. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are completed, including all supporting documents.

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 2018.
  • Audition/Portfolio Review Date: February 2018.
  • 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