8 months ago
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Whittier College

So, I am a junior in NJ, and I have been wanting to move to CA for a while, and I came across Whitter College, but I can't really find any information about it. Is it a good school? Is it worth going there?. Just any information or anything​ I should know about this school. I want to major in psychology.


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8 months ago

Hi! Thank you for your question; we're always looking to expand our knowledge of schools around the country and to help pass that knowledge to students. For Whittier College, you should check out CollegeVine's school-specific page (https://www.collegevine.com/schools/whittier-college), which should have some information about the school if you're struggling to find that type of data elsewhere.

To summarize, it seems as though Whittier isn't a fiercely competitive college in terms of admissions the way some schools of its size are, especially in California (compare to the Claremont Colleges, for instance). Additionally, while numerical rankings aren't necessarily the best way to consider if a school is "good" or not, Whittier falls just outside the top 100 for liberal arts schools in the country according to US News and World Reports. They are also a top 25 school for social mobility, making them a respected driver of change in that domain.

As to whether a school is "worth" going to -- that's up to you and what you hope to get out of your college experience. Whittier may provide you the things you're really looking for in a college: an intimate community, a diverse student body, and a liberal arts curriculum are all on offer here. However, if you're interested in having some of the resources of a larger university (e.g. a medical school or D1 sports), you won't find them here. For a psychology major, an interdisciplinary structure may be perfect, or you may be looking for the more robust research opportunities of a larger institution. If being in California is among your top priorities, then Whittier's location may carry more weight. Ultimately, the value of a school is determined by the ways you interact with it, what you put into it, and what you get out of it. I hope this has given you some helpful information to consider, and I wish you the best of luck!


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