Living and learning in true community
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by the Quaker heritage, a Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.
Our long academic tradition aims to help students foster an appreciation for the complexities of the modern world and workplace while never losing sight of the importance of social responsibility.
Whittier is a place where students become actively involved in the local community as they explore their role in the global community as well. Our residential nature is a key component in defining who we are, as students and professors live and learn in close proximity of one another, fostering an atmosphere where knowledge can be pursued 24/7. Whittier College has very high racial diversity, with 69% of students being minorities or people of color (BIPOC). This is a community where individuality is valued, tolerance is cherished, and the things that make each of us unique are seen as invaluable tools in seeking greater knowledge and understanding.