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Whittier College

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About Whittier College

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

Campus information

Whittier College is a four-year residential liberal arts college that pushes students to question the world around them and figure out their place in it. Located in the heart of Southern California between bustling Los Angeles and beautiful Orange County, Whittier is distinguished by its small size, pioneering faculty, and nationally recognized curriculum. Facilities rival those at large public institutions, but ours is an intimate setting where students and professors unite in an ongoing pursuit of knowledge.

Whittier College is located about 12 miles southeast of the City of Los Angeles, easily accessible from the 605 Freeway, which runs the north-south corridor between Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The campus is situated on the eastern edge of historic Uptown Whittier, on Painter Avenue, between Philadelphia Street and Earlham Drive.


You will live on campus throughout your first three years as a college student. Range of cultural and social opportunities expanded. You will learn more about yourself and others than ever imagined.

The vast majority of our student population lives in our eight residence halls. Comprised of scholars, athletes, artists, performers, volunteers, and leaders, hailing from both this country and abroad, our residential community is as strong as it is vibrant. Chances are, you’ll be moving in, too – and calling these people ‘family.’

Each of our residence halls has an individual architectural style and interior décor. A few are homes to themed-living communities, where students with a common interest share a floor and plan activities together. Others are set aside for upperclassman or first and second year students, such as our Living Learning Communities, where freshmen live together based upon shared coursework.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Creative Arts & Design 1 Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 6


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