Whittier College

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Whittier College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Whittier, CA, a predominately suburban area. There are around 2,000 students enrolled per year at Whittier College.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores in the range of 1038 (25th percentile) - 1220 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 20 (25th percentile) - 26 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to this school. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Whittier College average GPA ranges from 3.06 to 3.38 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of 57 percent with 12 percent of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at whittier.edu.

Overall Whittier College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Whittier College was reported as 57.1% in Fall 2020 with over 7,230 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 20 - 26
  • Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Whittier College?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Whittier College, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Whittier College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 69.5%
  • 2017-2018: 74.1%
  • 2018-2019: 75.9%
  • 2019-2020: 57.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 62.6%

How Does Whittier College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Whittier College is zero percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hope International University36.8%
California Institute of Technology6.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Whittier College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading528 - 620
Math510 - 600
Total Score1038 - 1220
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score20 - 26
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