Whittier College Named to 2012 "Colleges of Distinction" Guidebook

July 25, 2012

Whittier College has been named a "College of Distinction" for the seventh year in a row for its commitment providing an excellent learning experience for undergraduate students and preparing them for success after graduation. Whittier is among 200 schools from across the country featured in the 2012-2013 national college guide "Colleges of Distinction."

The online publication was founded by parents and admissions professionals to help students find the college best suited for their interests. According to the website, "We describe schools that take a holistic approach to admissions decisions, that consistently excel in providing undergraduate education, and that have a truly national reputation."

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction by high school college counselors. Additional information is then gleaned from college admission experts around the country, and combined with interviews of staff and faculty at each accepted college.

Colleges are selected based on four distinctions:

Engaged Students
The college attracts students who have a healthy range of academic and non-academic interests, and demonstrates a tangible commitment to keeping them interested and involved in their education. The school encourages innovative "hands-on" learning techniques, ranging from fieldwork and internships abroad to service learning and advanced research at home.

Great Teaching 
The college encourages faculty to be great teachers, not just researchers or consultants. It makes little or no use of graduate student "teaching assistants" and keeps classes small, so that students are always people, never numbers, to their professors. It also encourages new and innovative curricula and offers a number of special programs, giving students up-to-date choices in their education.

Vibrant Communities
The college is an interesting and exciting residential community, offering many opportunities for co-curricular involvement and leadership development. Athletics, drama, hobbies, music, politics, religious life, service, and more...every interest can be explored. Students can enjoy a myriad of new cultures and experiences, right on campus.

Successful Outcomes
The college has an excellent placement record for employment and advanced study. Furthermore, alumni rank themselves extremely satisfied with their college experiences and tend to stay involved in the school long after graduation.