Whittier College

Whittier College

Whittier College, founded in 1887, is a distinctive, national liberal arts college serving a diverse student population with unique, widely praised curricula.

The College campus provides an intimate environment in which about 1,700 students live and study with more than 100 distinguished faculty. Whittier ranks as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country— with students of color constituting more than 70% of the student body—and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution. More than 40 percent of Whittier students are the first in their families to attend college and most receive some form of financial aid. Whittier attracts students from every socioeconomic tier, from a myriad of religious and social backgrounds, and from 35 states and 27 countries. In our culture of diversity and inclusion, Whittier mirrors the changing global society in which we live.

Through the power of a groundbreaking experience in the liberal arts and sciences, Whittier prepares the kind of leaders our nation and world most need. And, in fulfilling an educational mission of vital importance, Whittier changes lives and transforms communities.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Students who are in their final year of high school or who have graduated and did not complete college-level coursework after graduation may apply as First-Year students. International students do not need to apply through CommonApp and can apply here.


Students who have graduated high school (or equivalent) and have completed college-level course work at an accredited two-year or four-year institution are eligible to apply as Transfer students to Whittier College.

Additional Information

Whittier College annually awards a number of scholarships to students, including those given on criteria of academic performance, leadership in their local or school community, and talent in the visual and performing arts.

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Whittier College is excited to announce that we are once again offering Campus Tours to students and families! Click here to register.

Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. The Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.

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School location

13406 E Philadelphia St
Whittier, CA 90608, United States of America

Phone number

(888) 200-0369