Whittier College has once again been named a "college of distinction" for its commitment to providing an excellent learning experience for undergraduate students and preparing them for success after graduation.
Whittier is among 200 schools from across the country featured in the 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction national college guide.
The guide focuses on providing information to help students find the “right fit.” Inclusion in the listing is based on four overarching distinctions:
- engaged students
- great teaching
- vibrant communities
- successful outcomes
For an institution to make the cut, it must be nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school and be highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation. Specifically, a school’s curriculum must emphasize such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research, and global perspectives. They must also offer dynamic out-of-classroom learning and study abroad programs. Class-size statistics, faculty-to-student ratio, retention, and four-year graduation rates are additional factors.
Since 2001, Colleges of Distinction has been a trusted resource for over 40,000 guidance counselors across the U.S., thousands of parents and students, and hundreds of colleges and universities. Schools are nominated to be a College of Distinction by high school guidance counselors, college administrators, and the Colleges of Distinction selection team.
The College was also included in the 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges.