2021 Commencement Information
Whittier considers you a transfer student if you have completed any courses at a two-year or four-year college or university - except those courses taken for high school credit.
There is no minimum number of courses or units needed before you may transfer to Whittier College. We believe there is a meaningful difference between getting a degree and getting an education, so if Whittier is the right place for your education, why not join us as early as you can?
Because Whittier College has a foreign language requirement, our Registrar's Office may review your high school coursework to perhaps help you fulfill that graduation requirement. So even though we require your high school record, rest assured that our admission evaluations are done individually, thoughtfully, and with fair-minded perspective, especially when looking at studies completed many years prior.
If you submit a transcript (even an unofficial transcript), a Whittier transfer admission counselor can provide you an approximate credit evaluation, especially if the transcript is from a familiar college to us. We encourage you to see if you are attending one of the numerous institutions with which Whittier has formed an official articulation agreement.
Once your application is complete (including all supporting documents) it typically takes no longer than two weeks for an admission decision to be reached. If you ever wonder if your file is missing anything, just ask us!
Typically all college level (i.e. not remedial) academic coursework will be transferable.
Community college students can transfer no more than 70 semester units; four-year college students may transfer no more than 90.
That mainly depends upon the number of accepted transfer units upon Whittier enrollment, and how they specifically align with our liberal education requirements. Most students who transfer with fewer than 60 units still manage to complete the Whittier degree in 2 or 2 1/2 years.
Refer to our Tuition and Costs page.
There is no minimum. Please review our articulation agreement section, or contact our transfer admission counselor.
While there is no absolute number that assures admission or denial, a 3.0 is usually safe.
Transfer students may participate in any academic major or program except for our 3-2 Engineering Program. For more information, see a list of our available Majors & Minors and Pre-Professional Programs.
Yes, you are immediately considered for the John Greenleaf Whittier Scholarship when you apply. You may also apply for a Talent Scholarship in Art, Music, or Theatre. Any other aid would be need-based, and will be derived from the information you provide on the FAFSA.
One will be assigned to you during new student orientation, to help you register for your first Whittier term. After that, the major you select will determine your official academic advisor.
Please consult our list of articulation agreements at local community colleges, or contact our transfer admission counselor.
Please see our academic calendar.
New students will register during new student orientation for their first semester. After that you will register during the time slots assigned according to your class standing.
Yes, but your timetable for graduation could be longer, depending on how your transfer credits align with the Whittier Scholars Program (WSP) required course sequence. You might want to visit the WSP web page.
Probably yes, but again it may depend on your specific course alignment and timeline for graduation. You may get further advice from our Office of International Programs.
Please see our Next Steps page.
Our Transfer Counselor, Genevieve Garcia, may be reached during regular office hours at firstname.lastname@example.org