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Whittier College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Whittier, California. Whittier is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

$36,222 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
82% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Whittier College?


Contact details for Whittier are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 13406 E Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: 562-907-4205

How Do I Get Into Whittier?

You can apply to Whittier online at:

Admission Requirements for Whittier

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Whittier?

82% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
11% Submit SAT Scores
Whittier has an acceptance rate of 82%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 11% of students accepted to Whittier submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 530 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Whittier College  ( 590 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Whittier College  ( 530 to 660 )
Whittier received ACT scores from 9% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 19 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Whittier College  ( 22 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for Whittier College  ( 19 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Whittier College  ( 23 to 28 )

Can I Afford Whittier College?

$36,222 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Whittier is $36,222. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Whittier, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $6,503 a year. That adds up to $26,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Whittier is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Whittier College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,276 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,325 undergraduate students at Whittier, with 1,276 being full-time and 49 being part-time.


There are also 62 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,276 full-time undergraduates at Whittier, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Whittier College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 69
Black or African American 49
Hispanic or Latino 540
White 265
International Students 81
Other Races/Ethnicities 272

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Whittier College. At this time, 28 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 33 countries are represented at Whittier. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and Canada.

Online Learning at Whittier College

12 Took All Classes Online
362 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 362 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Whittier has changed over the last few years.


This is the #1,235 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Whittier regardless of major.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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