Whittier College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$48,924
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$28,647
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.53%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
72.3%
5,038 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,564
95.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
63.4%
246 Graduates

About

Whittier College is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Whittier College were General Business Administration & Management (64 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (35 degrees), and General Psychology (34 degrees).

In 2020, 414 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whittier College. 62.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (205 degrees), 1.64 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (125 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $48,924, which is $20,524 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $48,924, which is $20,524 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $28,647.

In 2020, 95% of undergraduate students attending Whittier College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$48,924
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Whittier College was $48,924. The cost of tuition at Whittier College is $20,524 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$28,647
2020 Value
8.66%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Whittier College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $28,647. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Whittier College grew by 8.66%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,577
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whittier College was of $11,577 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 1.81% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
68%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Whittier College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 95% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.53%
2018 Default Rate
15
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Whittier College was 2.53%, which represents 15 out of the 593 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Whittier College received 5,038 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 30.3% annual decline. Out of those 5,038 applicants, 3,644 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 72.3% acceptance rate.

There were 1,564 students enrolled at Whittier College in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Whittier College has an overall enrollment yield of 6.56%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

72.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
3,644
Accepted Out of 5,038

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Whittier College was 72.3% (3,644 admissions from 5,038 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 57.1%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −30.3%, while admissions declined by −11.8%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
0
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Whittier College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Whittier College has a total enrollment of 1,564 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,495 students and the part-time enrollment is 69. This means that 95.6% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 54.2% Hispanic or Latino, 22.9% White, 6.91% Two or More Races, 6.71% Asian, 4.54% Black or African American, 0.256% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.192% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Whittier College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (33.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (20.1%) and White Female (12.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (50%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (25%) and White Female (10%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,564 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,495 and the part-time enrollment is 69. This means that 95.6% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

73%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Whittier College was 73%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Whittier College had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    847
  2. White
    358
  3. Two or More Races
    108

The enrolled student population at Whittier College is 54.2% Hispanic or Latino, 22.9% White, 6.91% Two or More Races, 6.71% Asian, 4.54% Black or African American, 0.256% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.192% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5 students (0.32%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 100 more women than men received degrees from Whittier College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Whittier College is hispanic or latino (205 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (125 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whittier College is General Business Administration & Management (64 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (35 degrees) and General Psychology (34 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Whittier College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (31 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (28 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whittier College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (448,315 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (330,316 people), Other managers (296,752 people), Postsecondary teachers (192,933 people), and Secondary school teachers (140,811 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are English (31 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (28 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 degrees), History (11 degrees), and Social Sciences (65 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whittier College are Surgeons, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Computer hardware engineers, Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are English (31 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (28 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 degrees), History (11 degrees), and Social Sciences (65 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whittier College are Elementary & secondary schools (688,910 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (434,486 people), Legal services (359,038 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (228,704 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (221,952 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are English (31 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (28 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 degrees), History (11 degrees), and Social Sciences (65 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Whittier College.
Most Common
  1. 64 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 35 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 34 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whittier College was General Business Administration & Management with 64 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

157
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
257
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 157 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College, which is 0.611 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (257).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 46 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.56 times more than the 18 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 27 degrees were awarded to women at Whittier College in General Psychology, which is 3.86 times more than the 7 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

60%
100% Completion Time
66%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 60% of students graduating from Whittier College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 66% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 67% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Whittier College is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.407% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    205 degrees awarded
  2. White
    125 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    32 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whittier College is hispanic or latino (205 degrees awarded). There were 1.64 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (125 degrees).

1.45% of degree recipients (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    132 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    78 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    73 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Whittier College is hispanic or latino female (132 degrees awarded). There were 1.69 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (78 degrees).

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Operations

Whittier College has an endowment valued at nearly $110M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−3.24%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Whittier College had a total salary expenditure of $66.5M. Whittier College employs 43 Associate professors, 37 Professors, and 27 Assistant professors. Most academics at Whittier College are Female Associate professors (24), Male Professors(22), and Male Associate professors (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 57 employees, Management, with 39 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 39 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$110M
2020 Endowment
7.4%
decline from 2019

Whittier College has an endowment valued at about $110M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Whittier College declined 7.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $70.6M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $3.34M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Whittier College received $3.34M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$29.7M
2020 Salaries
0.562%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Whittier College paid a median of $29.7M in salaries, which represents 44.8% of their overall expenditure ($66.5M) and a 0.562% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 14.5% decline from 2018 and a 14.4% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.77M
Instructional Salaries
114
Number of Employees

In 2020, Whittier College paid a total of $9.77M to 114 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
43 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
57 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whittier College were Associate professor with 43 employees; Professor with 37 employees; and Professor with 27 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 57 employees; Management with 39 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 39 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whittier College was Female Associate professor with 24 employees, Male Professor with 22 employees, and Male Associate professor with 19 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Whittier College.

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