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Whittier College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1887
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 1,317
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: N/A
Admissions Address

13406 Philadelphia Street, PO Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608

Website

http://www.whittier.edu

Admissions E-mail

admission@whittier.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.1
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Lisa Meyer
Admissions office telephone: (562) 907-4238
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by:  
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: December 1
 
Decision sent by: December 30
Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.aiccumentor.org/applications/whittier_college/apply.html  
Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 3 4
Mathematics 2 3
Science 1 2
Lab 1 0
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 1 2
History 0 0
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 10 14


*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: N/A
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 58%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 46%
Total applicants: 3,089
Total acceptances: 1,791
Total freshman enrollment: 345
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 16%
 
Male applicants: 1,232
Male acceptances: 690
Male freshman enrollment: 152
 
Female applicants: 1,857
Female acceptances: 1,101
Female freshman enrollment: 193
Out-of-state freshmen: 34%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


 

2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 27%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 57%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 88%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 65%
Average high school GPA: 3.1
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 91%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 480 - 590
Math: 480 - 590
Combined: 960 - 1180


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 3.0% 3.0%
600-699 21.0% 21.0%
500-599 46.0% 45.0%
400-499 27.0% 27.0%
300-399 3.0% 4.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


 

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 34%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 22 - 24


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 2.0% N/A N/A
24-29 30.0% N/A N/A
18-23 66.0% N/A N/A
12-17 2.0% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A

 



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