Whittier College


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: California


Whittier College is a private liberal arts college located in Whittier, California. Downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach are both about half an hour away from the school's attractive 74 acre campus. Whittier was founded by Quakers in 1887, although today it is a secular institution. Whitter students can choose from 30 majors, and the most popular fields span the liberal arts and sciences. Academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Students come from 40 states and 25 countries. Student life is active with over 60 clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the Whittier Poets compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The college fields 11 men's and 10 women's varsity sports.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, English, History, Kinesiology, Psychology, Social Science

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2047
Total Grad Students: 517
Undergraduate Students: 1530
Faculty: 127

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Percent Male: 47%
Percent Female: 53%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 55%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

13406 E Philadelphia Street
Whittier California 90601


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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 20 26
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 460 580
Math 470 590
Writing 470 590

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 71%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -71%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1638

Other Expenses: 3488

Room and Board: 10026

Tuition and Fees: 35582

Total Cost: 50734

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 10690

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 93%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 66%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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