Whittier College is a residential community where the vast majority of students live in one of seven residence halls that grace the campus - Ball, Campbell, Johnson, Harris, Stauffer, Turner, and Wanberg.
Housing at Whittier
Some large and some small, each hall has an individual architectural style and interior décor, and each year, develops a personality unique to its inhabitants.
A few of our residence halls are homes to themed communities. Others are set aside for upperclassman or first and second year students such as our Themed Communities, where first-years live together based upon similar academic, social and personal interests.
Each hall contains common lounge areas, with cable television, fireplaces, internet access, and basic cooking facilities. Additionally, each residence hall is conveniently located close to campus resources such as the Counseling Center, Graham Athletics Center, and Wardman Library.
Residence halls are staffed by full-time Area Directors (ADs) and undergraduate Resident Advisors (RAs), who provide students with continuous support, assistance, and program opportunities for learning and development.
A theme community is an environment where students with similar interests live together in a dedicated area of a residence hall and participate in programs that echo similar academic, social, and personal interests.
Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH)
Gender-inclusive housing at Whittier College provides an affirming, safe, and welcoming community living option for students regardless of their gender identity or biological sex. In this community, students may room with individuals of different gender or sex. Residing in the gender-inclusive community is voluntary and open to all Whittier students. This is located in Harris A.
The First-Generation-themed community housing at Whittier College in Wanberg Hall will provide an environment where first-gen students can live and share their unique experiences with peers. Students will participate in programming designed to help first-gen students succeed in all areas of their college experience. This community caters to the needs of first-generation college students. Whittier College recognizes a first-generation college student as someone whose parent or guardian has not received a four-year degree in the United States. They will also get a full understanding of all resources that are available to them.
The E-Sports-themed community housing at Whittier College will offer students with a strong interest in gaming from all levels of experience the opportunity to share an inclusive community with other gamers. Located in Ball Hall, residents may choose to reside in a community that shares an interest in gaming, leadership, and communal living. From entry-level gamers all the way to serious eSports competitors, residents of this community will find opportunities to forge friendships in a small group setting based on a shared love of gaming.
Sankofa Collective-themed community housing at Whittier College will provide an environment where Black and African-American-identifying students can reside with others, share experiences, and participate in meaningful connections and leadership opportunities to benefit their college experience. This themed community offers many opportunities to study, socialize, promote cultural enrichment and awareness, and continue to grow academically. Located in Stauffer Hall, this themed community partners with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and is open to all Whittier College students.
Sankofa is an Akan term that means “to return, to go back and get it, to seek.” It is the idea that in our past, we find the power and strength to create a brighter future. “Sankofa” affirms that our past gives us the necessary context we must use to move forward.*
With a mid-century design and central location, Ball Hall is a co-educational hall that houses 90 students.
Built in 1929, Campbell Hall serves as the home for 24 Kaplan International students.
Johnson is the closest hall to Wardman Library, other academic buildings, and is directly attached to Dezember Alumni House. Johnson houses approximately 90 students in triple occupancy rooms.
The most modern residence hall at Whittier, Turner is located atop the upper campus and offers students access to panoramic views of Greater Los Angeles. Turner Hall houses approximately 180 returning students.
Close to the Graham Athletics Center and Hartley House, Wanberg houses 90 students and is co-educational by floor.