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About Whittier College

Whittier College is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Whittier, California. Whittier College was founded in 1887 and now enrolls around 1,565 students a year, including 1,490 undergrads.

Whittier College offers housing for up to 845 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of Whittier College's endowment was $110.492 million For each full-time student, Whittier College spends about $14,067. There are 12 Whittier College undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Whittier College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 72%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean SAT score 1139
Tuition $48,924

Whittier College Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Early Admission at Whittier College

Whittier College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Whittier College is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Whittier College

It is moderately difficult to get into Whittier College. The acceptance rate at Whittier College is 72%. Last year, 5,038 students applied to Whittier College and 3,644 were admitted.

Whittier College Waitlist

Whittier College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Whittier College?

Whittier College is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Whittier College, applicants must submit the following items.

Whittier College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5 2.5 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Whittier College

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 /4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1139.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Whittier College.

Is Whittier College Test Optional?

Whittier College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 55% submitted the SAT. 21% submitted the ACT.

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Does Whittier College Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Whittier College provides on-campus housing for up to 845 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Whittier College.

Financial Aid at Whittier College

Whittier College meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Whittier College full-time are awarded $40,538 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Whittier College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Whittier College

About 73% of students who start at Whittier College return the next year. Out of the 338 students who started at Whittier College as first-time freshman, 230 graduate within four years.

Around 63% of students who started at Whittier College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $34,810 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Whittier College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Whittier College a good school for you?

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Where is Whittier College Located?

Whittier College is located in the suburban setting of Whittier, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

If you want to see Whittier College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take San Gabriel Freeway (605) to Whittier, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Los Angeles International, Ontario, John Wayne.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Whittier College and Whittier are like without leaving home.

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College Info

13406 East Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608-0634

Campus Setting: Suburban

Whittier College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Whittier College is Continuous processing.

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Whittier College ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

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Whittier College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1205


Math SAT Range

520 - 600


Reading SAT Range

530 - 620

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Whittier College students is 1139. Applicants with SAT scores of 1205 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Whittier College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1205 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Whittier College.

Whittier College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Whittier College is like? There are approximately 1,565 students enrolled at Whittier College, including 1,490 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 80% percent are from CA and 20% percent of students are from other states.


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