Whittier College is a residential liberal arts college located in the city of Whittier, California, with an undergraduate enrollment of about 1,700 students. Our ideal location, which is equal distance between downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Disney (in Orange County), provides our students with a wide array of professional development, service, and social opportunities.
This is a list of the undergraduate and graduate programs available to Mills students through the transfer partnership agreement between Mills College and Whittier College.
*Mills College students applying for study in the graduate program in education will need to work with the admission officer for the specific graduate or professional program in order to determine which Mills classes may transfer. This will vary from program to program due to specialized accreditation and degree requirements.
We have over 30 majors and 40 minors, with biology, business, child development, English, kinesiology, and psychological sciences being the most popular. Mills students will be accustomed to the intimate and personalized academic experience provided at Whittier with the small class sizes and 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Whittier professors regularly engage with our students inside and outside of the classroom; most of them hold generous office hours, meet with students for lunch at our dining hall, and there are faculty living on campus. Residential and commuter students alike have opportunities to be involved on campus, including access to over 70 clubs and organizations. Students interested in community service or civic engagement can work with our renowned Center for Engagement with Communities. Students looking for internships or professional development opportunities through our alumni network can pursue those opportunities through our Career Services Office. Our athletics program participates in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), fielding over 22 programs.
Finally, Whittier has been recognized for having a campus that reflects the diversity one would expect to encounter in Southern California. We are a Hispanic Serving institution, and have representation across ethnic and racial backgrounds among our students, faculty, and staff. About 30% of our students are from out-of-state and about four percent are international. We also have a significant number of first-generation college students, and students who come from low income families, giving Whittier the opportunity to be recognized as one of the institutions providing upward mobility to students from disadvantaged and historically excluded backgrounds.
Academic Year 2020–21
Equity, justice, and inclusion are part of the strategic plan for the college and a central component to our President’s vision for the College. The College recently appointed its first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Professor Kay Sanders), who has the charge to provide intellectual and strategic leadership, and to advocate for structural and cultural changes necessary to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at the college. Additionally, we have a Racial Justice & Equity Action Plan, and a task force that reviews and oversees progress on this plan. The task force will begin a formal assessment of the Action Plan starting in the fall, and are already adding action steps pertaining to our AAPIDA community for year two of the plan.
The College has a very active committee made up of faculty and administrators whose sole focus is diversity, equity, and inclusion. Faculty are in the process of revising the curriculum, with social justice as a central component to the revision; as well as, the endorsement of pedagogies, such as problem/project-based learning and inclusive teaching. Existing research shows that active and collaborative learning, project-based learning, engagement, challenge, and service learning improve retention and graduation rates, particularly for students of color and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
Finally, the Office of Equity & Inclusion provides regular informational gatherings for students on topics of importance to them and their developing identities. These topics have covered gender identities, race and ethnicity, etc. We also have an Active Bias Team that educates the campus community and addresses issues of bias using a restorative and educational approach aimed toward healing our community.
More generally, the office has three overarching goals which are:
Goal 1: Representation. Foster a campus community that reflects the rich diversity of our region.
Goal 2, Belonging. Achieve a campus climate in which all staff and faculty feel supported in their identities and have the sense that they are a valued and important member of our community.
Goal 3: Advocacy. Establish Whittier College as a leader in equity in higher education and develop outreach and education programs to help other institutions develop their equity and inclusion practices.
Through the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) and Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) there are numerous ways for students to get involved, find community, and become leaders on campus. OSE is responsible for many of the student-centered activities—from outdoor movie nights and academic field trips, to traditional special events, such as our SportsFest competitions and Dub Sync homecoming pep rally. OEI signature events include Tour of Black LA, Poet Pride Drag Show, Intersectional Poetry Slam, and our Annual Cultural Graduations.
There are over 70 student-run clubs and organizations on campus including from student government, culture identity and social justice clubs, campus radio and newspaper, and opportunities in the fine and performing arts. In addition, we have societies, Whittier's version of fraternities and sororities.
Whittier is a suburb in Los Angeles County that is located about 18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and 16 miles northwest of Anaheim, CA. Whittier College is at the gateway of Uptown Whittier, a very popular area home to a number of great restaurants, bars, thrift stores, boutique shops, coffee shops, a movie theater, weekly farmers market, and more. We are also close to some great hiking trails, including one that can be accessed nearby our football stadium.
Whittier has all of the necessities within a few miles of campus, including grocery stores, drug stores, and Target. The city of Whittier is home to the largest number of nonprofits registered in LA County; and there are many service and civic engagement opportunities for our students to get involved with through our Center for Engagement with Communities, including local area schools, PIH's 540 bed hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Our location also allows students to take advantage of the social opportunities in Southern California. We are in close proximity to the beaches, sports venues, theaters, outdoors activities, and more. While the College sponsors trips and outings, many students just load up in their car and explore on their own.
NCAA Division III: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Water Polo.
Interested students should reach out directly to the coach to see if there is an opportunity to be considered to join the team. Visit our website for more information.
Our typical 4-year graduation rate is between 65-70% and our 6-year graduation rate is 75%. For the most current information and additional details, visit our Retention & Graduation Rates page.
Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Whittier College remains on solid financial footing. Our endowment is in good shape, and we have adequate liquidity and cash reserves. We’ve managed to keep a balanced budget by eliminating waste and being innovative in aligning our resources to our mission of keeping student needs first. This gave us the confidence to keep tuition frozen for the last two years and make investments in technology and other resources needed. Prior to the pandemic the College was working on a long-term plan to ensure the College remains financially viable in the future. We have implemented new fundraising and other revenue-generating initiatives to ensure that Whittier will be able to continue providing a quality college experience for years to come. Finally, we recently received the largest gift in the history of the college, $12 million from the MacKenzie Scott foundation. This transformational gift will allow us to add a number of initiatives that will benefit our students for years to come.
There is no residency requirement for transfer students, but we can accommodate transfer students who need to live on campus.
Tuition and fees at Whittier College can vary change annually. Mills students wishing to enroll at Whittier College should consult with a Whittier College Admissions representative and visit our website for specific and up-to-date information.
Every student admitted to the college is considered for a scholarship, so all of our students receive some form of financial aid. Roughly 80% of our students apply for need-based financial aid, with a good amount of them receiving institutional need-based grants, however we do not guarantee to meet full financial need.
As a transfer partner, Whittier College has established a set of minimum requirements that current Mills students must meet to be eligible to transfer.
2.5 or higher
Connect with the admission officer for the specific graduate or professional program in order to determine which Mills classes are required/may transfer. This will vary from program to program due to specialized accreditation and degree requirements.
Unofficial transcripts from Mills may be used for the purposes of admission and program evaluation at Whittier College. Official transcripts will be required at or prior to the time of matriculation at Whittier College. The Mills Admissions Department can submit the transcript request for you. Transcript fees will be waived for requests submitted by the Office of Admissions or the Mills advising team only. Please note that, if you need to provide official transcripts from other schools, you will be responsible submitting and covering the costs for those requests.
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