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Whittier College Admissions

Check in with Whittier College's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Whittier College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Whittier College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1139
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 55%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21%

Considering Applying Early to Whittier College?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Whittier College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Whittier College?

Whittier College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Whittier College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Whittier College accepted 72% of students, around 3,644 of the 5,038 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Whittier College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Whittier College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Whittier College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Whittier College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Whittier College must submit the following items. Double check with Whittier College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Whittier College?

Students admitted to Whittier College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Whittier College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 27%
3.25 and 3.49 21%
3.00 and 3.24 20%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Whittier College does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 55% of Whittier College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Whittier College?

To be competitive with other Whittier College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1060 and 1205 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Whittier College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1205 and 25% of scored lower than 1060, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Whittier College student is 1139.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Whittier College students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Whittier College students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Whittier College?

To be most competitive at Whittier College, you should strive to earn between 21 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Whittier College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Whittier College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to Whittier College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Whittier College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Whittier College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Whittier College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Whittier College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Whittier College.

Does Whittier College accept transfer credits?

Whittier College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Whittier College accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Whittier College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Whittier College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Whittier College?

No, Whittier College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Whittier College's acceptance rate?

Whittier College's acceptance rate is 72%.

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Whittier College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Whittier College? Whittier College is a somewhat selective institution. The Whittier College acceptance rate is 72%. This means that the institution accepts 72 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 first-year applications to Whittier College is Continuous processing.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Whittier College ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


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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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1205 and Above


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Whittier College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.45. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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