Honoring student academic achievement takes place in multiple ways at Whittier College.
From national honor societies to the biannual Dean's List, to academic honors and distinction-in-the-major recognized during Commencement, we take pride in and recognize academic achievement.
Currently, Whittier operates local chapters of more than a dozen national honorary, academic, and leadership societies, and, in 2007, received the Premier Octavio Paz—the highest award given by Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi—for three consecutive years of outstanding service and activities.
In addition, Whittier College annually awards honors for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community during Honors Convocation in the Spring semester. Among these honors, Whittier recognizes students who have successfully pursued internal, national, and international fellowships and grants. Four Whittier graduates have earned a Rhodes Scholarship, three were named Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows, several have become Fulbright awardees, and many have reached the finalist stage for prestigious national and international opportunities.