Whittier College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$48,924
3.01% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$26,363
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
3.55%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
57.1%
7,233 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
1,841
95.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
65.5%
266 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 (73 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (41 degrees), and General Psychology (33 degrees).

In 2019, 485 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whittier College. 64.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (243 degrees), 1.68 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (145 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $48,924, which is $21,644 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $48,924, which is $21,644 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,363.

In 2019, 95% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 69% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$48,924
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Whittier College was $48,924. The cost of tuition at Whittier College is $21,644 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$26,363
2019 Value
1.11%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Whittier College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,363. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Whittier College grew by 1.11%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,371
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whittier College was of $11,371 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 6.72% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 25% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
69%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Whittier College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.15% with respect to 2018, when 93% 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.
3.55%
2017 Default Rate
22
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Whittier College was 3.55%, which represents 22 out of the 619 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 7,233 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 16.3% annual growth. Out of those 7,233 applicants, 4,131 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 57.1% acceptance rate.

There were 1,841 students enrolled at Whittier College in 2019, and 79% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Whittier College has an overall enrollment yield of 11.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

57.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
4,131
Accepted Out of 7,233

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Whittier College was 57.1% (4,131 admissions from 7,233 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 75.9%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 16.3%, while admissions declined by −12.6%.

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SAT Scores

79%
Submission Percentage
388
Scores Submitted

79% of enrolled first-time students at Whittier College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Whittier College has a total enrollment of 1,841 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,763 students and the part-time enrollment is 78. This means that 95.8% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51.2% Hispanic or Latino, 24.9% White, 7.12% Two or More Races, 6.95% Asian, 4.83% Black or African American, 0.38% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.272% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Whittier College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (31.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (20.2%) and White Female (13%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (33.3%), followed by White Female (26.7%) and White Male (20%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,841 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,763 and the part-time enrollment is 78. This means that 95.8% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2019 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 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Whittier College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    942
  2. White
    458
  3. Two or More Races
    131

The enrolled student population at Whittier College is 51.2% Hispanic or Latino, 24.9% White, 7.12% Two or More Races, 6.95% Asian, 4.83% Black or African American, 0.38% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.272% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% 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, 21 students (1.14%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 141 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 (243 degrees awarded). There were 1.68 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (145 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whittier College is General Business Administration & Management (73 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (41 degrees) and General Psychology (33 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 Legal (50 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (22 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (41 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 Elementary & middle school teachers (164,288 people), Secondary school teachers (112,396 people), Postsecondary teachers (107,800 people), Other managers (103,234 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (101,120 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (50 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (22 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (41 degrees), Human Sciences (27 degrees), and English (27 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 Dentists, Surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (50 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (22 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (41 degrees), Human Sciences (27 degrees), and English (27 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 (410,666 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (229,720 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (119,314 people), Legal services (99,061 people), and Computer Systems Design (77,077 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (50 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (22 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (41 degrees), Human Sciences (27 degrees), and English (27 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. 73 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 41 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 33 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whittier College was General Business Administration & Management with 73 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

172
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
313
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 172 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College, which is 0.55 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (313).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 48 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.92 times more than the 25 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 31 degrees were awarded to women at Whittier College in Law, which is 1.63 times more than the 19 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

62%
100% Completion Time
69%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 62% of students graduating from Whittier College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% 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 Gender

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 (69.1%).

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% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    243 degrees awarded
  2. White
    145 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    32 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whittier College is hispanic or latino (243 degrees awarded). There were 1.68 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (145 degrees).

1.03% of degree recipients (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    166 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    87 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    77 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Whittier College is hispanic or latino female (166 degrees awarded). There were 1.91 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (87 degrees).

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Operations

Whittier College has an endowment valued at nearly $119M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.14M (5.99%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Whittier College had a total salary expenditure of $70.5M. Whittier College employs 42 Associate professors, 39 Professors, and 36 Assistant professors. Most academics at Whittier College are Male Professors (23), Female Associate professors(22), and Male Associate professors (20).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 75 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 50 employees, and Management with 44 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$119M
2019 Endowment
1.99%
growth from 2018

Whittier College has an endowment valued at about $119M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Whittier College grew 1.99% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $78.6M 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. $1.07M - Federal
  2. $45.8k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Whittier College received $1.07M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $45.8k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$29.9M
2019 Salaries
14.5%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Whittier College paid a median of $29.9M in salaries, which represents 42.4% of their overall expenditure ($70.5M) and a 14.5% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 14.4% decline from 2017 and a 18.7% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$10.5M
Instructional Salaries
126
Number of Employees

In 2019, Whittier College paid a total of $10.5M to 126 employees working as instructors, which represents 35% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whittier College were Associate professor with 42 employees; Professor with 39 employees; and Professor with 36 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 75 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 50 employees; and Management with 44 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whittier College was Male Professor with 23 employees, Female Associate professor with 22 employees, and Male Associate professor with 20 employees.

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

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