Class Profile & College Highlights

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Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society.

Through challenging, interactive courses taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and 

Applications

  • Total Applications: 5,301 
  • First-Year: 5,036 
  • Transfer: 265 
  • Total Admits: 3,837 
  • First-Year: 3,640 
  • Transfer: 197 
  • Total Enrollment: 353 
  • First-Year: 280 
  • Transfer: 73 

Admitted Student Academic Middle 50% Ranges 

  • First-Year WC GPA (Grades 9-11, weighted): 3.38-4.05 
  • First-Year SAT Total: 1050-1240 
  • First-Year ACT Composite: 21-28 
  • Test-Optional Admits: 27% 
  • Transfer GPA: 2.90-3.53 

Enrolled Geographic Distribution 

  • California: 69% 
  • West (excluding California): 10% 
  • Midwest: <1% 
  • South: 3% 
  • Northeast: 4% 
  • Outside of US (7 Countries): 14% 

Top 10 States

  • California 
  • Washington 
  • Oregon 
  • Colorado 
  • New York 
  • Utah 
  • Georgia 
  • Hawaii 
  • New Jersey 
  • Texas 

By the Numbers

  • Founded in 1887

  • Located in Whittier, California (18 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles, 16 miles northwest of Anaheim)

  • Campus size: over 75 acres

  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 1776*

  • Graduate Enrollment: 57*

  • Average Classroom Size: 19 students (50% of classes have less than 20)

  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

  • Race/Ethnicity (IPEDS)*

    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.4%
    • Asian: 7%
    • Black or African-American: 4.8%
    • Latinx: 51.1%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 24.8%
    • Two or more races: 7.4%
    • Unknown: 0.9%
    • Nonresident/International: 3.3%

Rankings and Recognition

  • Best liberal arts college in California for social mobility, U.S. News & World Report
  • 39th most transformative college in the nation, Money
  • 45th for public service, Washington Monthly

NCAA Affiliation

Division III

Conference

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)

Mascot

Johnny Poet/The Poets

Men’s Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo

Women’s Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Majors

Anthropology, Applied Philosophy, Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child Development, Chinese, Economics, English, Environmental Science, French, Global & Cultural Studies, History, Integrated Computer Science, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Mathematics-Business, Mathematics-Economics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Theater & Communication Arts

Minors

Africana & Black Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Studio Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child Development, Chinese, Computer Science, Digital Art & Design, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, French, French Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Global & Cultural Studies, History, Japanese, Kinesiology, Latino Studies, Mathematics, Music, Organizational Leadership, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Public Health, Psychological Sciences, Religious Studies, Scientific Computing, Social Work, Sociology, 

Pre-Professional Programs

  • 3-2 Engineering (with the University of Southern California)
  • Health Sciences Advising Program
  • Physical Therapy Advising Program

Whittier Scholars Program

A specialized program that allows student to design a major and select coursework around a particular career-path or field of interest. Students in this program are required to complete an off-campus experience, which can either be an internship or study abroad experience.

PICES Program

A pathway for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a teaching credential in K-12 Special Education at the same time within 4 years.