Whittier College

Whittier College

Whittier College was established in 1887. The founders of the institute were members of the Religious Society of Friends. It is a private college of liberal arts, and is located in Whittier, California. The campus of Whittier College is spread across an area of more than 70 acres. Whittier College offers over 30 minors and 30 majors in various streams of study. The college also organizes programs for studying abroad. The student body includes international students from over 15 countries.

Whittier College's athletics department fields more than 15 men's and women's sports teams. The teams are known as the Poets, and they are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The teams participate in sports including basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and tennis.

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Whittier College
13406 E Philadelphia Street
Whittier , CA 90601
General Phone: (562) 907-4205

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Whittier College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Law172law, legal professions
Liberal Arts126Asian studies, French language, Spanish language, English, international studies, social services, anthropology, economics, international relations, ...
Education and Teaching69education, physical education teaching
Business and Management54business management, business statistics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy29health and physical education
Science26biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work22child development, social work
Therapy and Counseling17psychology, child psychology
Art Studies13art studies
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Whittier College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree30732
Master's degree782
First-professional degree1631

Whittier College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Whittier College had a total enrollment of 1,985 students (1,186 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 52%
Graduate 13%
First Professional 34%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 42%
Black 3%
Hispanic 25%
Asian 13%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 28%
20-21 28%
22-24 18%
25-29 16%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico2%
New York1%
New Hampshire1%

Whittier College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %
Part-Time 100 %

Whittier College Room and Board (2007)

Whittier College offers campus housing for 838 of its 1,186 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Whittier, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Whittier College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470580
SAT Math460580
SAT Writing455580
ACT Composite2125

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Whittier College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 32,270
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 32,270
Room and board $ 9,050
Room charge $ 5,050
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,000
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Whittier College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 134200)

Whittier College Faculty

Whittier College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year33$105,72313$104,274
Associate professoracademic year12$72,47016$70,386
Assistant professoracademic year18$63,70133$64,017
Instructoracademic year3$84,4673$53,000
All faculty totalacademic year66$87,25065$73,128

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Whittier College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Track Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference

Whittier College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Statistics

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Social Work

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Asian Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Developmental and Child Psychology
Psychology, General

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