Whittier College

Private, Four-years School Located in Whittier, CA

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How much is the Whittier tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Whittier's tuition & fees is $49,864.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $67,487 when a student lives on-campus.

Whittier Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$49,864
Books & Supplies Costs$1,000
On-campus Room & Board$15,623
On-campus Expenses$1,000
Off-campus Room & Board$9,300
Off-campus Expenses$1,500
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$50,420

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Whittier for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $199,456 at Whittier. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $273,005. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $132,701.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$49,864$67,165$32,089
Sophomore (2024-25)$49,864$67,870$32,794
Junior (2025-26)$49,864$68,604$33,528
Senior (2026-27)$49,864$69,367$34,291
4 Years Total$199,456$273,005$132,701
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$49,864$67,870$32,794
Sophomore (2025-26)$49,864$68,604$33,528
Junior (2026-27)$49,864$69,367$34,291
Senior (2027-28)$49,864$70,162$35,086
4 Years Total$199,456$276,003$135,699
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$49,864$68,604$33,528
Sophomore (2026-27)$49,864$69,367$34,291
Junior (2027-28)$49,864$70,162$35,086
Senior (2028-29)$49,864$70,990$35,914
4 Years Total$199,456$279,123$138,819
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$49,864$69,367$34,291
Sophomore (2027-28)$49,864$70,162$35,086
Junior (2028-29)$49,864$70,990$35,914
Senior (2029-30)$49,864$71,851$36,775
4 Years Total$199,456$282,370$142,066
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$49,864$70,162$35,086
Sophomore (2028-29)$49,864$70,990$35,914
Junior (2029-30)$49,864$71,851$36,775
Senior (2030-31)$49,864$72,747$37,671
4 Years Total$199,456$285,750$145,446

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Whittier' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
Whittier College$49,864
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Whittier and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Whittier CollegeWhittier, CA$49,864$14,742
Thomas Aquinas CollegeSanta Paula, CA$28,700-

Financial Aid and COA

At Whittier College, 1,242 students (99%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $35,076.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Whittier is $32,411 for students living on-campus and $26,588 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 264 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $34,623 and the average amount of student loans is $7,785.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$67,487
COA (off-campus)$61,664
Tuition & Fees$49,864
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$17,623
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$11,800
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$32,411
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$26,588
Average Financial Aid$35,076
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,24299%$35,076
Pell Grants42834%$5,196
Federal Student Loan77962%$6,807
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid264100%-
Grants or Scholarships263100%$34,623
Federal Grants7528%$6,794
Pell Grants7528%$5,247
Other Federal Grants3212%$3,625
State/Local Grants6625%$7,908
Institutional Grants263100%$30,701
Student Loan Aid15860%$7,785
Federal Student Loans15759%$5,470
Other Student Loans166%$23,207

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Whittier's acceptance rate is 82.49%. A total of 2,884 applicants applied to and 2,379 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 277 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 11.64%.
To apply to Whittier, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate82.49%80.32%84.41%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)11.64%12.48%10.94%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Whittier. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,230 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 26.
Its SAT score is slightly higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,2301,1201,340
National Average1,168
California Average1,305
SAT EBRW635590680
SAT Math595530660
ACT Composite262328
National Average24
California Average29
ACT Math231927
ACT English272231

Student Population

Whittier College has a total of 1,192 students including 1,131 undergraduate and 61 graduate students. By gender, there are 595 male students and 792 female students attending Whittier. The school offers online degree programs and 7 students enrolled online exclusively (0.59% of all students).
Total1,387 595792
Undergraduate1,325 579746
Graduate62 1646

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address13406 E Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered34 Programs
Graduate Program Offered1 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate75.45%
Student Population1,192
Graduation Rate65%
Transfer-out Rate26%
Retention Rate70%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate10 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties114 (Full-time), 42 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs299 (Full-time), 51 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$77,874
Average Staff Salary$63,333