Whittier College is a four-year independent residential liberal arts college distinguished by its small size, nationally recognized liberal arts curriculum, and innovative interdisciplinary programs. Whittier was Founded in 1887 and named in honor of Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier.
Our long academic tradition aims to foster in students an appreciation for the complexities of the modern world and workplace while never losing sight of the importance of social responsibility.
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.