Facts and Figures


By the Numbers

  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Average Class Size: 19
  • Student Body: 1,750 students from more than 38 U.S. states and 20 countries
  • 65% of students are from California while 5% of students are international
  • About 69% students of color
  • Campus spread out over 75 acres


  • Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in California
  • Named one of The Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges
  • Included in the 2013 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges, which features 300 of the "best and most interesting" colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.
  • Profiled in the Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development
  • Awarded recognition in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


  • 89% of Whittier students who graduate complete their degree within four years.
  • Whittier has produced a US President, 4 Rhodes Scholars, 3 Pickering Fellows, and numerous Fulbright Scholars.


  • 130 full-time professors instructing in over 30 fields of study
  • 100% of our classes are taught by professors
  • Whittier Scholars Program: Students may construct a personalized major that fits academic and career goals. Significant experiential learning is included in each program.
  • Jan Term: An optional month-long January interim allows for concentrated study in a subject. Ample world-wide travel offerings allow students to experience first-hand, real-world learning opportunities.
  • Faculty-in-Residence Houses: Select faculty live on campus and host educational and social experiences for students, enhancing the sense of community and faculty/student interaction.


  • About 35% of male and 25% of female students participate in Whittier’s NCAA (Division III) varsity sports
  • NCAA Division III Athletics in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; 22 sports (11 men's teams, 11 women's teams)