Learn more about Whittier College's plans for Fall 2020
Fall semester is now broken into two 7-week modules (sessions) and you will take 2 “regular” courses (that is a 3- or 4-unit course) per module. You may also take 0-2 unit courses (research, performance, experiential, senior seminars, or internships) in addition to your 2 “regular” courses. You must have a minimum of 12 units for the fall semester to be full time.
Spring semester now consists of three 7-week modules and begins in January. You will take two “regular” courses (that is a 3- or 4-unit course) per module. You may also take 0-2-unit courses (research, performance, experiential, senior seminars, or internships) in addition to your two “regular” courses. Again, you must have a minimum of 12 units for the spring semester to be full time.
Over the last two weeks, faculty and academic affairs staff have been working to transfer over existing schedules to the Module system. If the migration to the Module system creates any schedule conflict students will be contacted to resolve any issues.
The process will start with seniors and students with priority registration status and then move to juniors and sophomores.
Academic affairs will be reaching out—via text—to students who have scheduling conflicts. Please ensure to respond promptly if you get a message from the College.
7/6 -16 Academic Affairs will contact students to resolve schedule conflicts.
7/18 Continuing students can view schedules online
7/20-31 All continuing students add/drop change period
7/27 First-year and transfer students begin registering for classes
12 credits per semester
Maximum credits (unchanged):
36 credits per academic year (all 5 modules combined; does not include summer). Beyond this, over credit limit charges will apply. For scheduling ease, there is no specific credit maximum in any individual module.
Jan Term has been extended to become a full module during the spring semester. Some travel and experiential courses planned for January 2021 (and the previous May 2020) have been rescheduled for June 2021, while some have been moved to 2022. If you have already applied to one of the courses or if you are interested in traveling, please contact Kerry Gonzales in the Office of International Programs.
Courses that count for 3 or 4 credits are “regular” courses and will be scheduled five days per week. (Most for 75 minutes each day.). Most students will take two regular courses at a time, though it is also possible to take only one regular course in a given module and still reach full-time status for the semester.
Exceptions: Exceptions to the 2-course rule—such as a midyear graduate who needs a single spring class to graduate—will be handled individually. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
0-2 credit courses. These include RESEARCH courses (such as senior seminars in some programs), EXPERIENTIAL courses (such as internships and athletic courses), and PERFORMANCE courses (choir, music, theater, etc) among others. These courses will be scheduled for fewer days per week.
Courses that continue across more than one module. Most of these courses are scheduled for either 4:30 p.m. (so that they do not conflict with regularly scheduled courses) or in the evenings. Extended modules fuse together the two fall modules or else two of the spring modules. For these courses, you will receive a grade at the end of the entire course.
In most cases, students are best served by taking two regular courses at a time (see the explanation above). If there is a specific situation that makes it desirable to go over this cap, you will need to complete a petition request.
This will typically be the case (particularly for fall—you need a minimum of 12 units). It may be the case that you can take all the courses you need and want, and reach the minimum full-time status of 12 credits per semester, without taking a course in a given single module. However, for financial aid reasons, ALL STUDENTS MUST be enrolled in a course in Spring 1.
There is no particular limit on Extended Module and REP classes in a module. However, please note that classes beyond 36 credits in an academic year will be charged additional tuition.
See the full Whittier College Teacher Education program FAQs below.
There will be a brief Add/Drop in the first two days of each module so you can make last-minute adjustments to your schedule. As you consider dropping courses, it is important to meet the minimum full time of 12 credits per semester for the purposes of financial aid.
Seniors, who are already registered for the full year, will be able to adjust their schedules for the full year. All other students will only be making adjustments to courses in the two fall modules, Fall 1 and Fall 2.
The simple answer is: because of the pandemic!
No. Your tuition and financial aid will be the same for the year assuming you take 36 units or less. Students must maintain a minimum of 12 units during each fall 2020 and winter-spring 2021 terms.
There will be a diversity of offerings due to a wide variety of safety and well-being needs. In addition, different types of classes (lecture, seminar, lab, performance, etc.) will use different strategies to best support learning while meeting social distancing and health-related requirements from the county and state. All faculty are working hard to create flexible curricula that allow courses to be responsive to the health and safety context. Beyond safety, our planning has been guided by two priorities: student learning and growth and getting you to graduation on time. While some classes will be taught remotely, or in a hybrid format, many classes that do have in-person components will also allow for 100% remote options. All classes will embody the kind of interactive learning that you are used to in your in-person Whittier classes.
Since you do not have an existing schedule in the old system, you will not be affected.
Faculty are prepared to help you adapt, but there are many advantages in the new system, as we know from the good outcomes students enjoy in existing condensed courses offered in summer and Jan term. With only two main courses at once, fewer projects/exams/reports will overlap, and the stressful finals weeks with 4-5 final assignments will not occur. The 75-minute time periods for classes were chosen to allow for cleaning between classes for in-person courses and allow maximum efficiency for students.
The Single Subject (Math, PE, Science, ELA, History/Social Science, Spanish), Multiple Subject, and Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe) credential programs are still being offered. Additionally, the MA Program for already-credentialed teachers is still offered. Hybrid, PICES, and graduate pathways are still available to new and continuing students.
The Whittier College Teacher Education Program continues to work with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to ensure that all credential programs continue to adhere to state and commission guidelines for accreditation and ensure a high-quality education for all prospective and returning teachers.
In order to preserve the Whittier College Teacher Education Program’s scope and sequence for all credential programs, few changes have been made to the 2020-2021 calendar.
During 2020-2021, all credential courses will continue to be offered in the same semester as usual. This means that courses traditionally offered in fall will continue to be offered in fall; courses traditionally offered in spring will continue to be offered in spring. Further, courses will be offered with the same regularity (e.g., once vs. twice per year) as in previous academic years.
While some courses will be offered in the 7-week module model, most credential courses will be “stretched” across two fall modules or two spring modules. These courses will run for 14 weeks and upon completion students will receive one course grade. Below is a table of courses that will be “stretched” across two fall or two spring modules.
All courses not listed below will be offered within a particular module (e.g., Fall Module 1, Spring Module 2, etc.).
(Stretching Fall Module 1 & Fall Module 2)
(Stretching Spring Module 1 & Spring Module 2)
Eligible graduate students can enroll in this two-course sequence beginning in fall 2020 or spring 2021. For graduate students beginning EDUC 605 infall 2020, they would continue with EDUC 606 in spring 2021. For graduate students beginning EDUC 605 in Spring 2021, they would continue with EDUC 606 in Summer 2021.
No. With the exception of student teaching (EDUC 420/520) and student teaching seminar (EDUC 421/521), credential courses will not be offered during the winter module. Other elective courses offered by Education faculty may be offered and details for those courses will be available with the course schedule.
Yes. Credential courses typically offered once a week in the evening will continue to be offered on the same night with a new time slot of 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students interested in learning more about how the course will be run are encouraged to contact the course instructor for more information. Information on fall course registration will be provided to students soon.
Graduate students will still be able to take three credential courses during a given semester. All existing policies regarding credit caps per semester and timing of Student Teaching and MA course sequence (EDUC 605 & EDUC 606) remain in place at this time. Students interested in reviewing their progress towards meeting credential program requirements are encouraged to meet with their formal academic advisor.
Yes. Undergraduate students may still enroll in any credential courses, including those that run for 14 weeks. Please see the Registrar’s Office for additional information regarding how credits for these courses will be counted. Students interested in reviewing their progress towards meeting credential program requirements are encouraged to meet with their formal academic advisor and/or the department’s credential analyst, Jessica Almanza.
Like all undergraduates, PICES students are still able to enroll in any credential course, including those that run for 14 weeks. Students interested in reviewing their progress towards meeting credential program requirements are encouraged to meet with their formal academic advisor.
In order for students to continue to bridge theory and practice, as well as make timely progress towards the mandatory 600 hours of clinical practice required in any credential program, fieldwork will continue during the 2020-2021 academic year. However, in order to maintain the health and safety of all students, fieldwork will look different and include virtual opportunities for courses offered in fall 2020. The Whittier College Teacher Education Program continues to work with our partner districts and our accrediting institution in order to provide our students with the most meaningful field experiences while also adhering to state and local health and safety guidelines.
Students eligible to complete the 16-week student teaching experience in either fall 2020 or spring 2021 year will be able to do so. The Whittier College Teacher Education Program continues to work closely with our partner districts to ensure that all prospective student teachers are placed in appropriate classroom settings and are supported by both district and college staff. The deadline to submit an application to student teach in fall 2020 has passed. Students interested in student teaching in spring 2021 are encouraged to speak to the department regarding the application process.
As a CTC accredited program, the Whittier College Teacher Education Program continues to receive updates from state and local officials regarding changes to credentialing policies and procedures. Our program strives to maintain quick and consistent communication with all students enrolled in credential courses. We routinely provide updates to our students using their poets email addresses. We also encourage our students to contact us if they have questions or concerns. Students can also contact our team for further assistance.
A graduate student interested in taking a leave of absence would need to do so for the entire semester (not only module 1 or module 2), as credential courses are still running in a semester model.
Yes, most returning students who recently completed housing selection and selected rooms will be released from their housing assignments. Those rooms will be converted into single rooms. As such, most students wishing to live on campus will be required to participate in a new housing selection. Students must meet specific criteria to participate in housing selection(see below for more details).
For more information, students are strongly encouraged to check their housing portal inbox to review a communication that was sent on June 10, 2020.
The Residency Policy has been lifted for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students who do not want to participate in on-campus housing do not need to participate in housing selection. Please check the confirmation page of your 2020-2021 Housing Application in order to confirm if you are assigned a housing space or not.
If you are not living on campus, but would like to select a meal plan, email email@example.com.
Students must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the new housing selection process:
The following students are not required to reselect a room space if they wish to continue living on campus next academic year:
Students who are eligible to participate in the new housing selection, and are not exempt, must complete a new housing application.
Students should sign into the housing portal to complete their housing application. Step-by-step instructions will be emailed by June 25.
Due to recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and the Department of Public Health, Whittier College is not approving students to have a roommate. All rooms will be classified as a single room.
Students who have housing security concerns are encouraged to complete the Housing Security/Housing Selection form for additional consideration. Students who fill this form should also complete a housing application in the event their submission is approved. Returning student submissions must be submitted by Thursday, June 18 (11:59 p.m. PT). New students must submit their requests by Sunday, June 28 (11:59 p.m. PT).
Students may also contact Case Manager Marysol Mendoza at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with finding alternative housing.
Whittier College does not endorse any off-campus housing search engines, landlords, or apartment complexes. However, the following websites and contacts may prove useful during an apartment search.
Students are encouraged to email Marysol Mendoza (email@example.com) should they need assistance with developing non-Whittier College housing plans.
After considering COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and Public Health, Whittier College determined the safest approach to providing housing to students on campus was to provide only single rooms.
Single rooms will be charged at a double room rate. Arbor Ridge will be charged at an Arbor Ridge double rate.
At this time, Whittier College plans to offer regular resources to students living on-campus with consideration of CDC and Public Health guidelines. Residential students will have access to the building study rooms, lounges, and kitchens. Students are strongly encouraged to practice CDC Guidelines in order to avoid potential illness when utilizing these common spaces. Building resources that increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission, such as fitness rooms, will be closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Any changes will be communicated to residential students in as timely a manner as possible.
Students will receive more information about check-in at the end of July via their Whittier email account. Students will need to sign up for a check-in date/time and follow specific guidelines in accordance to CDC and Public Health guidelines.
Students will not be required to move out of their assigned room in between the academic terms. Students are encouraged to plan ahead of time to ensure they can move-out by the scheduled move-out date.
Additional charges may exist for Winter Break. Students will be emailed additional information on how to register to stay during the academic year breaks.
Students will receive a desk, chair, bed, and storage unit. Due to the sudden change, students placed in traditional double occupancy rooms will have two sets of furniture. Removal of furniture will not be available.
Students may use the additional furniture in their assigned residence hall room if they would like, as long as they are not violating any policies. We recommend that all students familiarize themselves with the Student Code of Conduct and the COVID-19 Student Code of Conduct as they are responsible for upholding both.
With consideration of CDC and Public Health guidelines, guests are not authorized within the residence halls. Please review the COVID-19 Student Code of Conduct for further details and other important policies.
Students must submit an email to ResidentialLife@whittier.edu by July 27 if they no longer want to keep their 2020-2021 housing assignment. Students who do not withdraw from housing by August 3 may be charged the full housing cost for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Due to California's Stay at Home Order, the majority of campus employees have not returned to campus. Please email ResidentialLife@whittier.edu with any questions. Questions not related to Housing can be answered by the following offices.
An email was sent on June 16, 2020 to students currently still “checked-in” to their room according to Housing & Residential Life records. Students are encouraged to check their email or the housing portal for this communication.
Students may request to have their property packed/stored by Whittier College Facilities Department or designee. Students must complete the form by the deadline and agree to the terms to have their property packed/stored.
Registration is scheduled for April 13 - 17 for priority registration and April 20 - 24 for regular registration.
Email the professor and cc the registrar office at firstname.lastname@example.org; once the instructor gives approval through email the Registrar staff will add you to the course. Please provide your ID number and CRN number in the email.
The automatic waitlist will be activated. Students will have the ability to add themselves to the waitlist through course registration in MyWhittier. Once a seat becomes available you will receive an email, in which you will have 48 hours to add yourself to the course.
As of March 23, the Whittier Registrar’s walk-up service is closed and all telephone services are suspended. Registrar Services are available online and/or through email. Please email us during Registration Week and someone from the registrar staff will respond as soon as possible.
A member of the Registrar’s Office will be able to zoom one on one with a student if necessary; to help resolve any technical issues.
We are allowing students who are planning to graduate in spring 2021 to register for the entire year. The reason for this change is to allow students to be cleared for graduation a lot earlier and to adjust their schedule if necessary. Please note: current juniors and seniors by earn credit will be given this permission.
Contact each office directly via email (Businessoffice@whittier.edu and email@example.com) to clear any holds.
You can contact your advisor by email or Zoom appointment for your advising session.
Please use the change of major form on our website Registrar Services and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students that were enrolled at Whittier College in spring 2020, may take 100% of courses online (either in the U.S.A. or in your home country) and maintain your immigration status. If you are currently outside the U.S.A. and want to return, you may do so. Before you travel, it is recommended that you contact Kerry Gonzales in the Office of International Programs for updated travel information as it is changing frequently.
If you are transferring to Whittier College from another school in the U.S.A., you may take 100% of your courses online and maintain your immigration status. You may choose to stay in the U.S.A. or return home.
New international students who need to get a U.S. visa or enter the U.S. for the first time, CANNOT take 100% of courses online. You must register for hybrid courses that blend online and in-person instruction.
If you plan to enter the U.S.A. for the fall, the Office of International Programs will assist you in choosing hybrid courses that have a required on campus component. Alternatively, you can choose to take courses from home and delay your entry into the U.S.A. until a future term.
There will be no campus-based counseling services over summer as the Student Counseling Center is closed; appointments will resume on the first day of classes in the fall term. Nearly all community counseling and support services are still being offered through tele-health, on-line or by phone.
Check out Engage to see weekly Wellness Calendars and a plethora of De-Stress activities
The California Warm Line, 24/7, non-urgent mental health support: 855.845.7415
Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN):
A COVID-19 Anxiety support group and general support groups, led by therapists on FaceBook
Support Groups Central for free/low-cost virtual support groups
Hillside Wellness: free groups for residents of California, thru 7/1; 3 free sessions ($25 for more) individual, couples, or family
We recommend these apps which can be found on Google Play and the Apple App store:
For a more free and paid mental health apps, click here
Whittier College is continuing to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications. Senior administrators are communicating daily to review updates from the CDC, World Health Organization, and county and state public health agencies.
Whittier College has been following the CDC’s guidelines for institutions of higher education and the College’s emergency response team has met to discuss needed plans to respond to the situation.
The State of California and Los Angeles County have issued a "Safer at Home" order, asking everyone to remain at home except for essential activities as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During this time, all Whittier College buildings are closed to the public. However, the College continues to operate with essential personnel onsite and all other staff working remotely. The directory online provides operating hours and the best way to contact each office during this time.
There is currently a plan in place to use Moodle as the primary platform for all online courses. Students will receive specific instructions from their professors via email before Monday, March 23.
While we are moving to remote education, classes will still be Whittier College courses taught by Whittier College professors. Our intention is to focus on providing a high-quality student experience and ensure students can continue learning in an engaging manner, in keeping with the Whittier ethos. Students will also have access to their professors, online and, in some cases, in person. Our goal is also to make sure all of our students can continue making progress toward their academic goals.
All work-study, including exception funding, students will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled hours, until further notice. Students should communicate with their supervisors to get additional direction and remote work assignments.
At this time, no changes will be made to your certification, and therefore your benefits will continue as is for the time being.
Individuals needing medical services due to symptoms of respiratory illness including fever, cough, and shortness of breath should FIRST call the Student Health & Wellness Center (562-464-4548) or their doctor for further instructions BEFORE visiting the medical facility. A physician or nurse will determine the level of medical care an individual may need and either schedule an appointment with them or refer them accordingly.
For students: If you have any non-life-threatening health concerns after clinic hours when the Student Health & Wellness Center is closed, please call the RN Telephone After Hours Advice line at 562-464-4548 and press 1 or 855-456-9455.
Any suspected or confirmed cases of the COVID-19 need to be reported to the College. For faculty and staff, this should be Human Resources and for students, this is the Student Health & Wellness Center in conjunction with the Dean of Student Life. Currently, there are no known cases (confirmed or suspected) of COVID-19 on the Whittier campus.
Students, faculty, and staff who are ill are being asked to stay home and seek medical care, especially if they have a cough or high fever. Individuals may communicate via email with supervisors, coworkers, and professors to let them know they are sick.
Students, staff, and faculty will not be penalized for staying home if they are sick. Employees and students should confirm COVID-19 with their regular physician and get clearance from their doctor before returning to campus. Moreover, the College will work with employees and students to make needed accommodations in the case that individuals are impacted due to childcare or other family obligations related to COVID-19. Supervisors are encouraged to make their best efforts to support employees who may be impacted by COVID-19 so that they can meet work requirements.
In response to the "Safer at Home" order, all Whittier College buildings are closed to the public and most events have been cancelled or moved online. End-of-the-year activities including honors convocation, URSCA, cultural graduations, and baccalaureate have also been canceled. Although we will continue to monitor the situation, it is expected that the traditional all-College commencement exercises will be canceled and/or modified. Whittier faculty and staff are working on plans to ensure that the College can honor the accomplishments of our graduating seniors.
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (SCIAC) has decided to indefinitely suspend all spring regular season conference competition and conference championships. The NCAA also announced the cancelation of all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.
Fall registration will continue as planned but will be done remotely. More information will be forthcoming.
Make sure to check your email daily for the Poet Update newsletter. All of our updates will also be posted online. In addition, if you are not receiving emergency text messages from Whittier College please update your contact information on your myWhittier account.
To reduce the likelihood of any transmission and to ensure that high-traffic contact surfaces are regularly cleaned, the facilities department is adding new steps to disinfect certain areas more often. This includes working with our custodial provider to bring additional staff to increase the frequency of cleaning.
The College is also adding hand sanitizing stations in buildings throughout campus.
Bon Appetit has also increased its cleaning frequency in the Campus Inn and is cognizant of keeping tables clean.
Currently, there are no Whittier students studying abroad in the affected countries (China, Japan, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.)
Faculty, staff, students, or visitors arriving from any particular area affected by the 2019 COVID-19 on or after February 15, 2020, should not return to campus until 14 days after their arrival in the U.S. This is an expectation of the College for those arriving to the U.S. between February 15 and March 2. It is an expectation of the College and a requirement of the United States for those arriving on or after March 2, 2020.
Please rest assured that as we shift to remote instruction, previously activated accommodations will still be in place. In some cases, in-person accommodations will no longer be necessary, and in other cases, new accommodations may need to be made. In all cases, Student Disability Services is still available to students.
Visit the website for accommodations that are typically available for students with disabilities, as well as an update on how accommodations will be provided for the remainder of the semester. .
Whittier College does not condone any form of discrimination or racism. Speak up if you hear, see, or read misinformation, or witness or experience harassment or discrimination.
A bias incident report can be filed online.
The Bookstore is open with limited hours.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open and you may check-in your rental textbooks in person. If you are no longer in the Whittier area, you may also choose to ship rentals back to the store via a free FedEx return label. There are two ways to obtain a Rental Return Label.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open. While the due date for rented books has not changed, the “non-return charge date” has been extended 15 days past your current return due date to allow time for your mailed book to reach the store. To avoid late charges, please have your book in transit by the due date
If you originally rented your textbook in the store, there is no option to buy or extend the rental on the website at this time. If you rented your textbook online, you have an option to buy or extend the rental on the website on the Rentals page.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open. Please contact the campus store to track your order.
Your item may be shipping from a location that has closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Your order will be filled when we are able to access that location again. Items that are in this situation are marked as “backordered” on the website. However, when you placed your order, the ship-from location may not yet have been closed or was in the process of closing so this backorder status may not have been displaying, check the item again now for confirmation.
The Whittier College Bookstore is open and you may purchase textbooks and supplies in person. You may also order from the bookstore website.
There are digital eBook options available for many titles available through the store website. See the textbook page on the site for details.
Yes, the Whittier College Bookstore is open and you may sell your books back. You may also sell back your books online (ship your books) through the “Sell Your Textbooks” link in the Bookstore site footer. On the Sell Your Textbooks page, refer to the Online section and click “Sell Your Textbooks” button.