Whittier College: Statistics

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#2750 of 14,131 In the World
#780 of 2,597 In North America
#716 of 2,496 In the United States
#62 of 249 In California
#1 of 3 In Whittier
#754 of 1,039 For Early Childhood Education
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Acceptance rate
75%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
27
Avg. cost to attend
$28,368 /y
Aid receiving
100%
Undergraduates
1,131
Graduates
61
Male:Female Ratio
43:57
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Master's degree

Whittier College Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Whittier College has an acceptance rate of 75% and is among the top 39% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 75% 74% 80%
Applicants 3,014 1,566 1,385
Admissions 2,274 1,161 1,113
Freshmen enrolled full time 246 138 108
Freshmen enrolled part time 3 3

299 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

7 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
22 or 9%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1140
or below

75% of them
had 1340
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Whittier College are 1140-1340 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
13 or 5%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 24
or below

75% of them
had 30
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Whittier College are 24-30 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

Hispanic 529 (44%)
White 312 (26%)
Nonresident Alien 85 (7%)
Asian 79 (7%)
Two or more races 76 (6%)
Black or African American 58 (5%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 48 (4%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 5 (0.4%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend Whittier College is $28,368 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$28,368/year
Average aid awarded
$34,623
Students receiving aid
100%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $20,984
$30-48K $20,239
$48-75K $23,034
$75-110K $29,194
$110K+ $31,681

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $48,924$14,742
Tuition in-state $48,924$14,742
Tuition out-of-state $48,924$14,742
Fee in-district $940
Fee in-state $940
Fee out-of-state $940

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 824
Combined charge for room and board $15,272
Room charge $8,380
Meal charge $6,892

Whittier College majors

Whittier College has granted 308 bachelor's degrees across 28 programs and 25 master's in Education, General. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Whittier College.

Major Bachelor Master
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 45
Business Administration and Management, General 39
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 29
Education, General 25
Child Development 23
Psychology, General 22
Social Sciences, General 20
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 15
Political Science and Government, General 15
Social Work 14
History, General 13
English Language and Literature, General 11
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 7
Sociology, General 7
Economics, General 6
Mathematics, General 6
Chemistry, General 5
Environmental Science 4
Philosophy 4
Physics, General 4
Spanish Language and Literature 4
Biochemistry 3
French Language and Literature 3
Anthropology, General 2
International & Globalization Studies 2
Music, General 2
Art & Art Studies, General 1
Economics, Other 1
Engineering Physics & Applied Physics 1
Grand Total 308 25

Whittier College has a graduation rate of 66%, which is among the 30% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 66% 56% 74%
  • Full-time retention rate - 70%

Publications & Citations

Whittier College has published 1,676 scientific papers with 23,703 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Political Science, Law, Medicine, Sociology, Computer Science, History, and Philosophy.

Publications
1,676
Citations
23,703

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
1,032 / 8,713
Environmental Science
773 / 8,935
Biology
728 / 15,802
Political Science
662 / 4,740
Law
616 / 4,625
Medicine
610 / 13,663
Sociology
582 / 5,236
Computer Science
488 / 6,831
History
483 / 3,431
Philosophy
463 / 3,610
Engineering
447 / 8,517
Physics
418 / 5,840
Geography and Cartography
408 / 4,838
Geology
395 / 5,705
Chemistry
390 / 12,861
Ecology
381 / 4,713
Psychology
379 / 8,562
Genetics
347 / 10,083
Paleontology
303 / 4,061
Archaeology
285 / 2,774
Business
269 / 2,997
Economics
269 / 2,695
Quantum and Particle physics
262 / 4,052
Biochemistry
235 / 10,209
Zoology
235 / 1,939
Mathematics
229 / 2,243
Art & Design
209 / 1,374
Immunology
179 / 4,263
Linguistics
175 / 1,491
Botany
171 / 2,290
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
160 / 1,043
Social Psychology
151 / 2,611
Library and Information science
136 / 324
Organic Chemistry
134 / 3,835
Materials Science
130 / 2,923
Statistics
130 / 1,627
Astrophysics and Astronomy
126 / 2,004
Pathology
125 / 2,264
Development Studies
124 / 1,382
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
120 / 1,117

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 26 62
1992 24 72
1993 25 82
1994 20 125
1995 26 242
1996 24 280
1997 31 335
1998 25 428
1999 17 443
2000 21 436
2001 31 401
2002 28 448
2003 18 447
2004 41 443
2005 39 499
2006 46 517
2007 48 632
2008 37 599
2009 54 676
2010 35 909
2011 46 933
2012 58 1065
2013 61 1132
2014 47 1137
2015 38 1079
2016 61 1084
2017 58 944
2018 44 1086
2019 62 1312
2020 44 1408
2021 71 1270
2022 21 1105
2023 32 1129
Academic rankings

Whittier College alumni

  1. Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1913-1994 (aged 81)
    Enrolled in Whittier College
    Studied in 1934
    Occupations
    autobiographerlawyerpoliticianmilitary officerstatesperson
    Biography

    Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a representative and senator from California and as the 36th vice president from 1953 to 1961 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. His presidency saw the reduction of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, d├ętente with the Soviet Union and China, the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Nixon's second term ended early when he became the only U.S. president to resign from office, as a result of the Watergate scandal.

  2. Andrea Barber

    Andrea Barber
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Andrea Laura Barber is an American actress. She is known for playing Kimmy Gibbler in the ABC sitcom Full House and the Netflix sequel series Fuller House.

  3. Geoff Stults

    Geoff Stults
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    film producerfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Geoff Stults is an American actor. His first regular roles on television included 7th Heaven, October Road, and Happy Town. He went on to star as Major Walter Sherman on The Finder, Sgt. Pete Hill on Enlisted, and Marco Strzalkowski on Guilty Party. He also played the recurring role of Mitch on seasons 1-3 of the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie. His film roles include Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up, She's Out of My League, Only the Brave, and 12 Strong. As of April 2023, he has most recently been seen as Jake opposite Jennifer Garner in The Last Thing He Told Me.

  4. Ken Davitian

    Ken Davitian
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    film actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Kenneth Davitian is an American actor, best known for his role as Borat's producer Azamat Bagatov in the 2006 comedy film Borat, and for his role as Shtarker in the 2008 action-comedy film Get Smart.

All 25 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names WC
Founded 1887
Motto Lux, Poesis, Veritas, Pax, Amor Eruditionis
Light, Poetry, Truth, Peace and Love of Knowledge
Colors purple, gold
Academic calendar September to May (September - December; January; February-May)
Total FTE staff 311
Carnegie classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus

Location and contacts

Address 13406 E Philadelphia Street
Whittier, California, 90601
United States
City population 87,000
Phone 5629074205

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