Whittier College is a private, hispanic-serving institution is located in Whittier, CA, with a mission to "prepare students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society." The liberal arts curriculum framework is centered around the four utmost values the school has, which are community, communication, cultural perspectives, and connections. Students can choose between 30 majors and concentrations, or design their own through the Whittier Scholars Program. The college has selective admissions and The Princeton Review lists Whittier as one of the Best Western Colleges.
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Whittier takes academics seriously
The clubs on campus take every opportunity to provide a wide variety of social events for the students to connect outside the classroom.
The students and staff are helpful and friendly.
Most instructors that I know genuinely care about the student's success.
Rachel from Lakewood, CA
Very small campus. Professors get to know students very well. Most people are friendly.
Fernando from Bell Gardens, CA
The learning environment is more of an intimate setting to where you get to know your fellow classmates and your professors on a individual basis. Due to there being a close knit of us attending the school it is a big family and every one is proactive and diligent in their work. Furthermore, there is always something going on at campus due to it not being a commuter school in which our school houses 26 countries in which it has a very diverse background when it comes to learning new things.
Joseph from Whittier, CA
Most comforting home anyone could ask for. Small town feel with all the amenities of a big city. a one of a kind experience.
Caitlyn from Whittier, CA
Most classes are small enough in which you are able to get to know your professor. Being in peer mentor groups in your first year help freshmen get to know others quickly. The financial aid staff help students with any questions or confusion they may have.
Sara from Los Angeles, CA
Whittier College is great for a student who is looking for a small school with a closely knit student body. Whittier offers incredible oppurtunities to get involved both on and off-campus. I am in love with this college and am so glad I chose to come here.