Whittier is one of 22 California schools who received this recognition, and one of only six institutions in Los Angeles County.
Whittier earned its recognition for classroom performance, incorporating high-impact practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education. Such student-centered programs include the first-year experience program, service-learning programs, interdisciplinary program, intensive writing courses, undergraduate research, living-learning communities, faculty-led student travel programs, and career services, among others.
Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s first-year experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the organization’s four overarching distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.
Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors.