New Student Orientation

Welcome to Whittier College! Orientation for first-year and transfer students entering in fall 2019 begins Sunday, September 1 - 3.

We are all so excited to welcome new Poets to our community, along with their families, friends, and loved ones. Our Orientation Team has been working hard to prepare for your arrival, and they are eager to meet you when you arrive on campus. Our Orientation Program is designed to introduce you to all the ins and outs of being a Whittier student. Orientation is designed to foster true and genuine connections between all members of our community, particularly supporting our newest students as they acclimate to our wonderful campus.

Please take the time to review our website to learn about the Orientation schedule, meet our staff, and prepare for your arrival to campus. Importantly, all students must sign up for Orientation so we can be ready for your arrival. Please take a few minutes to register, and of course feel free to contact our office with any questions.

Arriving in Whittier

Early Arrivals

On-campus residents will receive their keys and be allowed to move into their assigned residence hall room beginning on Sunday, September 1. Students arriving prior to Sunday, September 1 must arrange an early arrival by emailing

Arriving by Air

Whittier and the Greater Los Angeles area are served by five major airports: Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne/Orange County (SNA), Long Beach (LGB), Ontario International (ONT), and Bob Hope/Hollywood Burbank (BUR). 

Transportation to Whittier College

While Whittier College cannot provide transportation to and from the local airports, each one offers a myriad of options. Taxis, Uber/Lyft, car rentals, or shuttles will likely be the most convenient way to arrive at Whittier but we recommend you visit your destination airport's website for full details on transportation options.