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Whittier College

Whittier, CA 4-Year Private
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About Whittier College

Whittier College Overview

Whittier College is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Whittier, California. Whittier College was founded in 1887 and the school enrolls around 1,387 students per year, including 1,325 undergraduate students. Whittier College offers housing for up to 845 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Whittier College!

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Whittier College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Whittier College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Whittier College does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Whittier College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Whittier College on the Student Life page.

2022 Whittier College Facts At-A-Glance
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Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 11%
Tuition $48,924
Percent of Need Met 81.5%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $41,437

Is Whittier College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what Whittier College offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Whittier College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Whittier College, around 82% return for the next year. Whittier College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 64%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Whittier College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Whittier College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Whittier College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Whittier College's endowment was valued at $110.5 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $14,067 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Whittier College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Whittier College meets 81.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $41,437 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $32,524 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. 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.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Whittier College.

Based on this information, does Whittier College seem like a good fit? 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?

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

If you would like to see Whittier College for yourself, be sure to 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

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Whittier College ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 28

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Whittier College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1360


Math SAT Range

530 - 660


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Whittier College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Whittier College is like? There are approximately 1,387 students enrolled at Whittier College, including 1,325 undergraduate students and 62 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time.


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