Residential Communities at Whittier College


Theme communities provide a supportive, living-learning environment for students who share common interests and life experiences.

With the support of a Resident Advisor and community standards, Whittier's residential communities encourage understanding, respect, leadership and education.

Theme Communities

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.


The First-Gen theme community provides an environment where First-Year, first-generation college students can live around other students who are sharing in their unique experience. Students participate in programming specifically designed to help them succeed in all areas of their college experience. They also get a full understanding of all resources that are available to them.

Gender Inclusive Housing

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 an individual of a different gender or sex. Residing in the gender inclusive community is voluntary and open to all Whittier students.