Guidance for Students


Check back regularly for updates and additional information.

The Housing Application for Fall 2021 is currently open.  

The housing priority deadline for all new incoming students is June 13. The housing priority deadline for all returning students was June 6. All applications received after the priority deadline will still be placed in on-campus housing, however, assignments will be made in the order applications were received. Housing assignments will be sent to students’ Poet email account between July 7 and July 9. Students may opt out of their fall housing assignment prior to August 6 by emailing the Office of Housing & Residential Life.

To request accommodations via the Student Disability Services (SDS) Office, contact SDS via email or 562.907.4825 immediately to begin the required paperwork. Do not send any medical documentation/emails to the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Fall Move-In

  • Returning Students may move in any date between August 16 and August 23
  • New Students may move in any date between August 19 and August 23.
  • Student athletes who are required to move-in early may contact their coach for dates. 

Residence hall check-in will take place in the Campus Center Courtyard, across from the Mailroom. Key pick up will be between 12 and 4 p.m. Requests for after-hours key pick up may be coordinated with the Office of Housing of Residential Life via email.

Information regarding COVID-19 including vaccination requirements and international student quarantine requirements is available on the Whittier College Moving Forward page.

Contacting the Office of Housing and Residential Life

Although every attempt is made to return voicemails in a timely manner, email continues to be the best way to contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at this time. 

CAAS Advising Appointment through Zoom

The professional staff in CAAS will continue to provide support to students through one-on-one meetings. If students are interested in meeting with a CAAS advisor, please email  More information about resources a CAAS advisor can offer are available online

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students

  • All undergraduate and returning graduate students enrolled for the 2021-22 Academic Year must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 no later than July 1, 2021.
  • Newly admitted Fall 2021 graduate students must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 no later than August 10, 2021.
  • Any student who is unable to receive an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine authorized under FDA Emergency Use Authorization (for students in the U.S.) or the WHO Emergency Use Listing (for students outside the U.S.) due to a disability or sincerely held religious practice, belief, or observance, may request an exemption to this policy by contacting the Health and Wellness Center.
  • Students who receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must participate in regular COVID-19 testing, remain masked indoors, and complete a remote health screening whenever accessing campus.
  • In addition to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, full-time undergraduate students must comply with all Whittier College healthcare requirements including other vaccines.
  • Undergraduate and returning graduate students who have not submitted their proof of vaccination or received approval for exemption will be dropped from Fall classes on August 10, 2021

Please see the complete COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. See Vaccine FAQs for more information.

Information for Students Who Receive Exemptions 

Unvaccinated individuals will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, remain masked indoors, and complete a remote health screening whenever accessing campus.

International students with any questions about Fall 2021 may contact:

Kerry Gonzales
Office of International Programs

Over the summer, we will continue to offer check-in appointments and intake appointments through Zoom. If you have any questions about accommodations or would like to register to receive academic accommodations, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email,

The Economic Crisis Committee at Whittier College provides support and guidance to students who have self-identified, or are identified by Whittier College faculty or staff, as experiencing a financial crisis that impacts their academic success at Whittier College.

If you are in financial distress, contact the Economic Crisis Committee at or 562.907.4233.