Whittier College: Narrative Description

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13406 E Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Tel: (562)907-4200
Admissions: (562)907-4238
Fax: (562)907-4870
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.whittier.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1887. Setting: 95-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $55 million. Research spending 2003-04: $520,206. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,932 per student. Total enrollment: 1,307. Faculty: 127 (85 full-time, 42 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,987 applied, 78% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 84% from top half. Full-time: 1,293 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 14 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 20 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 25% Hispanic, 3% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 4% 25 or older, 68% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Miami. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview, SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: minimum 3.5 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $34,066 includes full-time tuition ($25,838), mandatory fees ($300), and college room and board ($7928).

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 56 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Hispanic Students Association, Hawaiian Islander Club, choir, Asian Students Association, Students Organized for Multicultural Awareness. Major annual events: Spring Sing, Sportsfest, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Bonnie Bell Wardman Library plus 1 other with 225,337 books, 1,357 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.2 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Whittier enjoys a beautiful setting at the foot of the Puente Hills, in a suburban area in southeast Los Angeles County. The climate is pleasant with a minimum temperature of 53 degrees, a maximum temperature of 73 degrees, and an average rainfall of 15 inches. Buses and railroads serve the area with connection to the Los Angeles International Airport via helicopter, and to the metropolitan area via the freeway system. Modern shopping facilities are available in addition to many manufacturing plants. Recreational facilities include parks, theaters, nearby Disneyland, beaches, and mountains less than one hour away. The Whittier College School of Law is the only ABA accredited Law School in Orange County, California.

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