Whittier College Named One of The Top 10 Performers in Social Mobility

September 18, 2023

Whittier College shines as a school that improves students' ability to move up the economic ladder, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best Colleges rankings, released today.

Whittier College is now No. 8 in the Top Performers on Social Mobility ranking out of nearly 200 institutions, moving up 16 spots since last year’s report.

Economically disadvantaged students are less likely to complete college and earn a degree, according to U.S. News, but some colleges like Whittier are more successful at ensuring students reach the finish line. To measure this, U.S. News weighs a variety of factors, including graduation rates for federal-loan recipients who are the first in their family to attend college, as well as graduation rates for students who receive federal Pell Grants, which are given to students whose household income is less than $50,000 a year.

Whittier was also named one of the “top 100 liberal arts colleges” in the nation, advancing 13 spots in that ranking. Additionally, the college received a higher rank of No. 83 in the Best Value Schools for national liberal arts colleges.

“It is always nice to receive external recognition for the work we see making a difference with our students,” said Whittier College Interim President Kristine E. Dillon ’73. “We strive to provide an excellent education at a great value, and our college scholarships like the John Greenleaf Whittier Scholarship and Leadership Scholarship help keep enrollment affordable for our students.”

“As a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution with a substantial first-generation student population it is deeply affirming to see our commitment to inclusive excellence reflected in our social mobility ranking,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Sal Johnston. “Our strong social mobility outcomes are a product of the institution’s long-standing commitment to offering a highly personalized approach to education and an emphasis on experiential learning.”

View the full results at U.S. News & World Report.