Transfer Students

Students who have completed college-level course work at an accredited two-year or four-year institution are eligible to apply as transfer students to Whittier College. Students who have completed college-level courses during high school may not apply as transfer students.

  • There are no minimum number of courses or units needed before a student is eligible to transfer.
  • Community college student may transfer no more than 70 semester units; four-year college students may transfer no more than 90 semester units.

To find out more about what courses may transfer to Whittier please refer to our articulation agreements below or contact the Office of Admission for the most up-to-date information.

How to Apply

  1. Submit an application via the Common Application in addition to the following items:
  2. Letters of recommendation from two recent or current college professors
  3. Official high school transcripts must be submitted by all transfer applicants. If high school diploma was not attained, please submit GED results.
  4. Official college transcripts must be submitted from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts do not have to reflect the current semester of enrollment.
  5. Official SAT or ACT scores if applicant has less than 30 transferable units. SAT I (Code #4952) or ACT (Code #0480).
  6. Review Helpful Tips for Transfer Students

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

Application Deadlines

November 1     Filing date for spring semester transfer candidates

April 15            Filing date for fall semester candidates

March 2           Filing date for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant Program (California applicants).

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.
  • Learn more about Talent Scholarships

Need-based Aid

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

Transfer Admission Guarantee

Whittier College maintains a Transfer Admission Agreement with all accredited California Community Colleges based on the following criteria.

  • The student must submit a completed application for admission as well as all  supporting documents and the application fee to Whittier College on or before the  transfer application deadline. 
  • The student will have completed the Freshman Writing Seminar requirement and  the Quantitative Reasoning requirement with a C grade or better in each class. 
  • The student will have completed at least 30 transferable units with a C‐ or better. 
  • The student must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 in courses eligible  for transfer.  For example, if a student earned a D or below in a transferable course,  that course would not be accepted for transfer credit, but would be factored into the  cumulative transfer grade point average.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

Contact the Office of Admission if your community college is not listed below.

Cerritos College
Citrus College
East Los Angeles College
El Camino College
Foothill College
Fullerton College
Golden West College
Long Beach City College
Mt. San Antonio College

Pasadena City College
Orange Coast College
Rio Hondo College
Saddleback College
Santa Ana College
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Monica College
Santiago Canyon College


Jaimis Ulrich
Transfer Admission Counselor


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 here. 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