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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 Enrolment 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.

Profile of Whittier College

Whittier College is located in Whittier, California (a large suburb). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by Whittier College is the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Whittier College is known for its programs in law.

Whittier College Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 475 and 600.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Whittier College has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Whittier College had 1, 985 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Whittier College offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference.

Whittier College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Law245law, legal professions
Liberal Arts102social services, political science, English, sociology, history, economics, Spanish language, French language, . . .
Education and Teaching47education, physical education teaching
Business and Management45business management, business statistics
Science38biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics
Therapy and Counselling22psychology, child psychology
Family and Social Work21child development, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy20health and physical Education
Art Studies7art studies
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

Contact: Whittier College

Whittier College

13406 E Philadelphia Street

Whittier, California 90601

General Phone: (562) 907-4205


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