US News and World Report has included Whittier College in its list of top 10 liberal arts colleges in the state. The list, which includes other top schools such as Pomona and Occidental, is part of the 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges rankings.
According to the report, the selected schools emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.
Over many decades, Whittier College has provided a distinctive, high quality academic program based upon the liberal arts that also integrates selected professional and pre-professional programs into the core of the college through innovative interdisciplinary curricula. The College's primary mission is to educate students in a small college atmosphere where they can learn, acquire skills, and form attitudes and values appropriate for leading and serving in a global society.