Why Whittier?

Numerous private liberal arts colleges are regularly acclaimed among the nation’s “best” by such analysts as The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. 

Whittier is certainly one of them, especially with its campus located amid all the educational, cultural, economic, and lifestyle advantages of Southern California. 

Yet the College makes an even stronger case for being positively one-of-a-kind.

Whittier’s distinctive tradition goes back more than 125 years, when Quaker pioneers founded both the town and the College on a scenic hillside near the Orange County line, about 15 miles from the bustling young city of Los Angeles. Whittier College is no longer religiously governed, but it is still steeped in such Quaker virtues as consensus-building, commitment to community, a global perspective, and respect for individuality. These timeless values set the foundation of this thoroughly contemporary undergraduate college, long-renowned for its student diversity, harmony, healthy campus life, and academic innovation emphasizing interdisciplinary learning for an increasingly interconnected world.

Courses are intimate, interactive, experiential, and taught by highly accomplished and dedicated Whittier professors who are frequently on a first-name basis with their students. They instruct, mentor, and inspire. They prepare their students to be their best; to take on challenges and opportunities in such realms as foreign study, independent research, and internships. There is also the landmark Whittier Scholars Program, made available to those students better served by designing their own educational plans as an alternative to the usual majors, minors and core curriculum requirements.

The college years are also about personal growth, so campus life at Whittier is exceptionally active, friendly, and varied for the nearly 1,700 students who come to the sunny campus from just about every U.S. state and more than 25 countries. Most live in the residence halls, and everyone is able to partake in a full range of activities. Athletics, arts, clubs, publications  – you name it – Whittier students are known for their involvement and leadership.

Put it all together and it’s no wonder that generation after generation of Whittier College alumni have distinguished themselves in everything from business, law and medicine, to education, government and the creative arts. Equally important, Whittier graduates are well-rounded, caring people who are adaptable, aware, and altogether equipped for leading fulfilling lives.