Whittier College is a private liberal arts college in Whittier, California
As of fall 2012, Whittier College has approximately 1,725 enrolled (undergraduate and graduate) students.
Whittier College is one of the more diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, serving students not only of different ethnic and geographic backgrounds, but also of a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. About one-third of Whittier’s student body is Latino, and approximately twenty-five percent of the professors are minorities or are from foreign countries. A majority of the student body hails from California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest, but the college also draws a significant number of students from the East Coast and the Midwest as well as a small percentage of overseas students. As of 2012, there are students from 28 states and 14 countries.
With more than 30 majors and 30 minors offered in 23 disciplines, Whittier’s liberal arts curriculum sets high emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. Students may also apply for entry into the Whittier Scholars Program, in which each student, under the guidance of a faculty member, designs his or her own major and course of study based on individual interests and career goals. Also emphasized is learning beyond traditional classroom or lecture style of teaching; for example, professional internships and service projects are required or recommended as part of many academic programs. Study abroad is encouraged in semester- or year-long affiliated programs, and many students take advantage of Whittier’s popular January Interim session, which is a four-week intensive “mini-semester” that typically involves fieldwork and faculty-led international travel.