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, but have not yet graduated, should apply as First Year 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.
  • Whittier College accepts the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). 

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

How to Apply

  1. Submit an application via the Common Application in addition to the following items:
  2. Letters of recommendation from one recent or current college professor
  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.

The Associate Degree for Transfer Commitment

Whittier College maintains the ADT Commitment with all accredited California Community Colleges based on the following criteria:

  • The student must submit an application for admission via the Common Application for transfers and complete all application requirements. An in depth application process is listed above.  
  • The student will have completed all IGETC coursework with a grade of C or better.  
  • The student will have completed at least 60 transferable units with a grade of C or better. 
  • The student acknowledges that if a grade of D or below is earned in a transferable course, and they did not retake the course for a higher grade, that course will not be accepted for transfer credit, but will still be factored into the cumulative transfer grade point average. 
  • We will honor academic renewal from community college partners prior to matriculation into Whittier College.   
  • Proof of completion of the Associates Degree is required as are official IGETC transcripts and official college transcripts.  

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 Articulation Agreements

Whittier College maintains agreements with the institutions below. Contact the Office of Admission if your institution is not listed.

  • 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