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 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.
Interim President Kristine Dillon ’73 said, “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.”
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty sal johnston said, “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.”