Whittier College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$45,720

3.48% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$26,764

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

2.41%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

74.1%

5,773 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

1,987

91.6% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

69.2%

294 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 (81 degrees awarded), General Health & Physical Education (46 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (41 degrees).

In 2017, 626 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whittier College. 61.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (263 degrees), 1.18 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (222 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $45,720, which is $20,526 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whittier College is $45,720, which is $20,526 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,764.

In 2017, 94% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 69% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$45,720

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Whittier College was $45,720. The cost of tuition at Whittier College is $20,526 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$26,764

2017 Value

4.39%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Whittier College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,764. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Whittier College grew by 4.39%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,285

Room and Board

$800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whittier College was of $10,285 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 3.98% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.04% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

94%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

69%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

94% of undergraduate students at Whittier College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 3.3% with respect to 2016, when 91% 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.

2.41%

2016 Default Rate

15

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Whittier College was 2.41%, which represents 15 out of the 623 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 5,773 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 12.2% annual growth. Out of those 5,773 applicants, 4,277 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 74.1% acceptance rate.

There were 1,987 students enrolled at Whittier College in 2017, and 72% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Whittier College has an overall enrollment yield of 12.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

74.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

4,277

Accepted Out of 5,773

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Whittier College was 74.1% (4,277 admissions from 5,773 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 69.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 12.2%, while admissions grew by 19.7%.

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SAT Scores

72%

Submission Percentage

372

Scores Submitted

72% of enrolled first-time students at Whittier College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Whittier College has a total enrollment of 1,987 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,820 students and the part-time enrollment is 167. This means that 91.6% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 48.1% Hispanic or Latino, 28% White, 6.84% Asian, 6.49% Two or More Races, 5.44% Black or African American, 0.453% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.352% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Whittier College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (29.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (20.4%) and White Female (14.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (25%), followed by White Female (20.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (13.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whittier College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,987 students. The full-time enrollment at Whittier College is 1,820 and the part-time enrollment is 167. This means that 91.6% of students enrolled at Whittier College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%

2017 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 78%. 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

    955

  2. White

    556

  3. Asian

    136

The enrolled student population at Whittier College is 48.1% Hispanic or Latino, 28% White, 6.84% Asian, 6.49% Two or More Races, 5.44% Black or African American, 0.453% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.352% 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 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% 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, 33 students (1.66%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 142 more women than men received degrees from Whittier College. The majority of degree recipients at Whittier College are hispanic or latino (263 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (222 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whittier College is General Business Administration & Management (81 degrees awarded), followed by General Health & Physical Education (46 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (41 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 (145 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (27 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (46 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 (374,048 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (315,549 people), Other managers (270,217 people), Postsecondary teachers (175,644 people), and Chief executives & legislators (110,861 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (145 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (27 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (46 degrees), English (31 degrees), and Social Sciences (100 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, Electrical & electronics engineers, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (145 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (27 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (46 degrees), English (31 degrees), and Social Sciences (100 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 (585,968 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (387,668 people), Legal services (320,391 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (207,969 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (198,013 people).

The most specialized majors at Whittier College are Legal (145 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (27 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (46 degrees), English (31 degrees), and Social Sciences (100 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.

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whittier College was General Business Administration & Management with 81 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 242

  2. 384

In 2017, 242 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College, which is 0.63 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (384).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 58 degrees were awarded to men at Whittier College in Law, which is 0.667 times less than the 87 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 87 degrees were awarded to women at Whittier College in Law, which is 1.5 times more than the 58 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

60%

100% Completion Time

66%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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 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 (68.1%).

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, 0.68% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    263 degrees awarded

  2. White

    222 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    65 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whittier College is hispanic or latino (263 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (222 degrees).

1.44% of degree recipients (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Hispanic or Latino Female

    171 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    128 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    94 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Whittier College is hispanic or latino female (171 degrees awarded). There were 1.34 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (128 degrees).

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Operations

Whittier College has an endowment valued at nearly $97.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.91M (3%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Whittier College had a total salary expenditure of $76.8M. Whittier College employs 47 Professors, 42 Assistant professors, and 41 Associate professors. Most academics at Whittier College are Male Professors (28), Female Associate professors(23), and Male Assistant professors (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 94 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 56 employees, and Management with 47 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$97.2M

2017 Endowment

7.24%

growth from 2016

Whittier College has an endowment valued at about $97.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Whittier College grew 7.24% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $60.1M 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. $1.54M - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Whittier College received $1.54M 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

$40.9M

2017 Salaries

18.7%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Whittier College paid a median of $40.9M in salaries, which represents 53.2% of their overall expenditure ($76.8M) and a 18.7% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.66% growth from 2015 and a 6.52% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$11.8M

Instructional Salaries

142

Number of Employees

In 2017, Whittier College paid a total of $11.8M to 142 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

47 Employees

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

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

94 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whittier College were Professor with 47 employees; Assistant professor with 42 employees; and Assistant professor with 41 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whittier College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 94 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 56 employees; and Management with 47 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whittier College was Male Professor with 28 employees, Female Associate professor with 23 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 21 employees.

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

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