Whittier College

Whittier, CA

Whittier College

Whittier, CA

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Living and learning in true community

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. Inspired by the Quaker heritage, a Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.

Our long academic tradition aims to help students foster an appreciation for the complexities of the modern world and workplace while never losing sight of the importance of social responsibility.

Whittier is a place where students become actively involved in the local community as they explore their role in the global community as well. Our residential nature is a key component in defining who we are, as students and professors live and learn in close proximity of one another, fostering an atmosphere where knowledge can be pursued 24/7. Whittier College has very high racial diversity, with 69% of students being minorities or people of color (BIPOC). This is a community where individuality is valued, tolerance is cherished, and the things that make each of us unique are seen as invaluable tools in seeking greater knowledge and understanding.


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2019 NCAA Division III men's water polo national champions

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Named one of the best schools for Latinos by Latino Leaders magazine

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Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)

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Ranked #24 among Top Performers on Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report

Facts & Figures

• Founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends in 1887 and named in honor of the Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, Whittier College continues to honor its Quaker heritage through a commitment to community, diversity, and finding common ground with people the world over. The College, however, has been secular since the 1940s.

• The school mascot, Johnny Poet, carries a big pen (it's mightier than the sword, after all) and appears on numerous lists of the most unique mascots in America.  

• Whittier College is one of a very few colleges or universities to have graduated a US President: Richard M. Nixon '34.  Richard Nixon served as student body president, co-founded the Orthogonian Society, and was an excellent debater.

• The College offers one graduate degree: a master's degree in education through Whittier College.

• Whittier has 1,200 students.

• All courses at Whittier are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants. The student-faculty ratio is 12 to 1, making familiarity and mentorship possible.

• Whittier offers students a choice of 32 majors and a variety of minors and program options.   

• Students of color constitute about 69% of the College's student body, making Whittier one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.

• Whittier College faculty are respected experts in their fields. Among the ranks are a Grammy winner, a Pushcart Prize in Poetry winner, several Fulbright Award winners, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Endowment for the Humanities grantees.

• Whittier fields 18 Poet teams in NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics: 8 men’s teams and 10 women’s. Approximately 30% of Whittier’s students play on one or more teams. 

• Over 50% of the student body is involved in one of the more than 90 registered student organizations on campus. 

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