Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,645 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
16% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
116 full-time faculty
72 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio
70% of first year students live on campus
50% of all students live on campus
Whittier, California—at the crossroads of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, 18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
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Retention Fall 2015
81% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 year graduation rate 2015
66% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
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NCAA Division III, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 22 varsity sports (11 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, water polo; 11 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo).
Whittier College is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1887.
Anthropology, Art- History Track, Art- Studio Track, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child Development, Chinese, Comparative Cultures, Economics, English, English- Creative Writing Emphasis, Environmental Science, Film Studies, French, Global and Cultural Studies, History, Japanese, Kinesiology & Nutrition Science, Mathematics, Mathematics/Business Administration, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science; Pre-Professional Studies: Athletic Training, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Veterinary Science; Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre and Communication Arts, Whittier Scholars Program, Gender and Women’s Studies.
Design Your Own Curriculum
While few colleges offer a design-your-own-curriculum option, Whittier College offers the Whittier Scholars Program. This unique option provides students an opportunity to construct a personalized educational program. In addition to seminars and classes with professors from across the academic spectrum, the Whittier Scholars program incorporates off-campus learning opportunities. The goal is the creation of unique and specialized educational programs that succeed in challenging students to become critical thinkers and researchers. Marc Beylerian, class of 1996, designed his own major in international business and now uses his skills to import fabric from Vietnam and China. Oswaldo Rodriguez, class of 1991, used the Whittier Scholars Program to research a particular protein’s involvement with Alzheimer’s disease, before going on to earn his MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Whittier College offers a number of study-abroad opportunities for students. Traditionally, nearly two-thirds of Whittier students have taken advantage of semester-long programs as part of their four-year curriculum. Study abroad is encouraged for students in a number of majors, and many students choose to participate in the Denmark International Studies International Business Program in Copenhagen, Denmark. Students have also taken advantage of programs in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and more.
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Faculty and Students
Offering personalized attention for students, Whittier boasts faculty whose commitment to education is paramount. Professors at Whittier are like explorers, leading students on expeditions to discover new worlds each and every day. The student to faculty ratio is thirteen to one, while the average class size is nineteen. Perhaps it is because of these small classes or Whittier’s tradition of fostering personal growth in the classroom–or maybe it’s a function of who they are–but professors at Whittier College are driven to facilitate the discussion and dissection of ideas. Beyond the classroom, professors are part of the environment in which students live. Some professors live at Faculty Masters’ houses, where resident professors regularly host one-of-a-kind educational experiences that complement classroom learning. Recent examples of events at Faculty Masters’ houses include a visit by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Young Hollywood lecture series, henna tattooing, board game and movie nights, a Valentine’s Day card-making party, and more.
The freshman writing courses offer dynamic classroom discussions on subjects across the academic spectrum. These courses provide fodder, both for improving writing skills and creating engaging papers, while exposing students to the individual attention and personalized instruction that form the core of the Whittier experience.
Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Learning
Collaborative teaching is common at Whittier. The Whittier experience is rooted in the liberal arts tradition, embracing interdisciplinary understanding at every level. By providing broad educational exposure, Whittier students gain the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world in which disciplines and ideas intersect. In Whittier’s paired courses, the curriculum links classes from different departments in order to more fully explore a range of thoughts and study, facilitating the application of ideas in new and interesting directions. For example, a biology course and sociology course merge to create a pair called globalization and the environment. Not all classes are paired, but those that are stem from a commitment to look beyond a narrow view—to instead see the wider picture.
Research and Fieldwork
At Whittier, students work in active collaboration with professors who are leaders in their fields. Together they conduct research projects to push the boundaries of knowledge and inquiry. For example, students might support faculty members with their professional, academic investigations, or at other times faculty might assist students in pursuing groundbreaking new research. As a result, Whittier students often go on to participate in conferences and other academic conclaves across the nation.
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Class Size Breakdown
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Let Your Life Speak
Since its founding in 1887, Whittier College has been a place of academic integrity as well as educational innovation. Whittier is a community where the exchange of ideas is rigorous and challenging, and where students are given an intellectual grounding that will serve them throughout their lives, as scholars, as professionals, and as responsible world citizens. While Whittier College no longer has a formal affiliation with the Quakers (Whittier became an independent college in the 1930s), many of the traditions and values are evident within the community. The long academic tradition—grounded in the Quaker quest for knowledge and personal growth—aims to foster in students an appreciation for the complexities of the modern world and workplace, while never losing sight of the importance of social responsibility.
Ways to Engage
With social clubs and service organizations spanning a wide spectrum of interests and pursuits, Whittier students don’t just read about places and ideas, they engage at every level. Numerous clubs and organizations offer an academic outlet, including Whittier’s own brand of fraternities and sororities called societies, as well as intramural sports, Division III athletics, student government, internships, and more.
Near to the College, Uptown Whittier offers a historic district full of coffee houses, boutique shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre. For those students who want to escape suburban and city life, the hills behind the College are among the few remaining undeveloped strips of land in Southern California complete. A corresponding nature corridor runs from campus to the famous beaches that line the Pacific Ocean.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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Internships and Professional Development
Career and professional development is not a one-time event, but a dynamic and ongoing process engaged throughout a lifetime. From career exploration, career preparation, and building career connections, Whittier’s Center for Career and Professional Development provides one-on-one counseling and coaching to students and alumni. Internship options are abundant for Whittier students. California has always been considered on the edge of social change and innovation, and Whittier College is a vital part of those advances. At the intersection of Los Angeles and Orange counties in Southern California, Whittier is minutes away from the heart of the most dynamic city in the nation, a center of art, commerce, and ideas. Students have interned with New Line Cinema, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Martin Sound Studio, Disneyland Resort College Program, Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, Merrill Lynch, Yamaha Instruments, Growthink Research, the American Red Cross, and Valvoline, just to name a few.
A Record That Speaks for Itself
If you want to know the real value of a Whittier education, look to their graduates. Four Whittier students have won Rhodes Scholarships; many others have been state and regional finalists for the prestigious award. Many Whittier graduates continue their studies at prestigious institutions, such as the medical schools of Boston University, Cornell University, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA and Yale, or the law schools of Georgetown University, UC Berkeley, and Vanderbilt. Whittier grads have also been admitted to a wide range of outstanding graduate schools such as Boston College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Columbia University, Duke University, New York University, Northwestern University, Oxford, Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Stanford University
Notable Whittier alumni include Richard Nixon ’34 (U.S. President), Ann Daley ’67 (Assistant Treasurer for the State of Washington), Fred Anderson ’62 (Chief Financial Officer, Apple Computers), Darrell Walker ’76 (Vice President for Business Affairs, Columbia Studios), Robert Zemsky ’62 (Founding Director of the Institute For Higher Research in Education), and Roy “RJ” Clason ’84 (Vice-President for Corporate Communications, Dell Computer Corporation).
Admissions Fall 2015
5,192 Total Applicants
3,251 Total Admissions
445 Total Freshmen Enrollment
62.62% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling admission? No
Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
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How to Apply
Whittier exclusively accepts the Common Application (www.commonapp.org). Students must also submit a $50 application fee (fee waivers accepted), essay, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and SAT I or ACT with writing scores. Whittier has a test-optional policy for students with a high school GPA above a 3.0,
The best way to know if Whittier College is right for you is to plunge right in. Want to talk to a professor about pre-med studies? Sit in on a philosophy class? Watch a lacrosse game? Whittier can arrange it all. Just tell them how much time you can spend on campus – from an hour to an overnight stay – and they’ll create an itinerary tailored to your interests. Whittier invites you to explore the campus at your convenience. Ready to set up your visit? Simply visit the Whittier College website (www.whittier.edu).
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-2017
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|Estimated Total On Campus||$57,676|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Estimated
$35,803 First year students
$31,278 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 Estimated
77% on average, the percentage of need that was met
16% of financial need students that had need fully met
$31,278 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,519 Average need-based loan
John Greenleaf Whittier Scholarships and Poet Awards: Merit award given based on academic achievement and/or leadership in extracurricular activities. Financial need is not a requirement for this award which ranges from $5,000 to full tuition.
Talent Scholarship: Merit-based scholarships awarded for talent in art, music, and theatre (acting or stage management/design/technology). Audition dates for music and theatre are determined by each department. Art applicants must submit a portfolio. Scholarships range from $1,000-$12,000. Winners do not have to major or minor in discipline to be eligible.