Whittier College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$44,184

3.5% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$25,638

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.69%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

69.5%

5,146 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

2,072

91% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

63.5%

289 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 (79 degrees awarded), General Health & Physical Education (45 degrees), and General Psychology (35 degrees).

In 2016, 569 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whittier College. 51.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (241 degrees), 1.16 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (207 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $44,184, which is $19,769 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $44,184, which is $19,769 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $25,638.

In 2016, 91% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 68% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$44,184

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Whittier College was $44,184. The cost of tuition at Whittier College is $19,769 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

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Average Net Price

$25,638

2016 Value

0.195%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Whittier College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $25,638. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Whittier College grew by 0.195%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,891

Room and Board

$784

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whittier College was of $9,891 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $784. The cost of room and board increased by 3.91% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 20.6% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

91%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

91% of undergraduate students at Whittier College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 3.19% with respect to 2015, when 94% 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.

3.69%

2015 Default Rate

27

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Whittier College was 3.69%, which represents 27 out of the 731 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 5,146 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 0.886% annual decline. Out of those 5,146 applicants, 3,574 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69.5% acceptance rate.

There were 2,072 students enrolled at Whittier College in 2016, 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

69.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

3,574

Accepted Out of 5,146

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Whittier College was 69.5% (3,574 admissions from 5,146 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 62.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -0.886%, while admissions grew by 9.94%.

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SAT Scores

79%

Submission Percentage

338

Scores Submitted

79% of enrolled first-time students at Whittier College in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Whittier College has a total enrollment of 2,072 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,885 students and the part-time enrollment is 187. This means that 91% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44.1% Hispanic or Latino, 33% White, 7.77% Asian, 5.45% Two or More Races, 4.68% Black or African American, 0.386% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.338% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Whittier College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (28.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (18.6%) and White Female (16.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (21.9%), followed by White Female (19.6%) and White Male (19.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,072 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,885 and the part-time enrollment is 187. This means that 91% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time compared with 81% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%

2016 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 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (74%), 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

    913

  2. White

    684

  3. Asian

    161

The enrolled student population at Whittier College is 44.1% Hispanic or Latino, 33% White, 7.77% Asian, 5.45% Two or More Races, 4.68% Black or African American, 0.386% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.338% 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 55.6% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.4% 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, 36 students (1.74%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 17 more women than men received degrees from Whittier College. The majority of degree recipients at Whittier College are hispanic or latino (241 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (207 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whittier College is General Business Administration & Management (79 degrees awarded), followed by General Health & Physical Education (45 degrees) and General Psychology (35 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 (130 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (45 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (23 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 (126,011 people), Miscellaneous managers (64,779 people), Postsecondary teachers (57,706 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (53,043 people), and Clergy (36,231 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (130 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (45 degrees), Language & Linguistics (23 degrees), Human Sciences (25 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (130 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (45 degrees), Language & Linguistics (23 degrees), Human Sciences (25 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 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 (220,612 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (123,702 people), Hospitals (102,352 people), Legal services (59,455 people), and Religious organizations (46,377 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (130 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (45 degrees), Language & Linguistics (23 degrees), Human Sciences (25 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 79 degrees awarded

  2. 45 degrees awarded

  3. 35 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whittier College was General Business Administration & Management with 79 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 276

  2. 293

In 2016, 276 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College, which is 0.942 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (293).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 56 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College in Law, which is 0.757 times less than the 74 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 74 degrees were awarded to women at Whittier College in Law, which is 1.32 times more than the 56 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

60%

100% Completion Time

65%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 60% of students graduating from Whittier College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 65% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 66% 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.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Whittier College is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.346% 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

    241 degrees awarded

  2. White

    207 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    47 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whittier College is hispanic or latino (241 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (207 degrees).

0.351% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Hispanic or Latino Female

    144 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    117 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    97 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Whittier College is hispanic or latino female (144 degrees awarded). There were 1.23 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (117 degrees).

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Operations

Whittier College has an endowment valued at nearly $97.3M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-116k (-0.12%), compared to the 2.13% average return ($717k on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Whittier College had a total expenditure of $74.8M. Of that $74.8M, they spent $33.5M on salaries and $74.8M on benefits.

Whittier College employs 51 Professors, 43 Associate professors, and 41 Assistant professors. Most academics at Whittier College are Male Professors (29), Female Professors(22), and Female Associate professors (22).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 98 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 53 employees, and Management with 48 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$97.3M

2015 Endowment

2.55%

decline from 2014

Whittier College has an endowment valued at about $97.3M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Whittier College declined 2.55% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $63.6M 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. $1.1M - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Whittier College received $1.1M 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

Primary Expenses

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$33.5M

Salary Expenditure

$74.8M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Whittier College had a total expenditure of $74.8M. Of that $74.8M, they spent $33.5M on salaries and $74.8M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$33.5M

2015 Salaries

6.52%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Whittier College paid a median of $33.5M in salaries, which represents 44.8% of their overall expenditure ($74.8M) and a 6.52% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.3% growth from 2013 and a 1.03% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 13.3M (38.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.1M

Instructional Salaries

158

Number of Employees

In 2015, Whittier College paid a total of $14.1M to 158 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.52M (34%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

51 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

98 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whittier College were Professor with 51 employees; Associate professor with 43 employees; and Associate professor with 41 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 98 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 53 employees; and Management with 48 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whittier College was Male Professor with 29 employees, Female Professor with 22 employees, and Female Associate professor with 22 employees.

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

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