Whittier College was named one of the best small, comprehensive colleges in the country in the current issue of U.S. News & World Report. The national news weekly polled college presidents around the country for its third biennial survey of American higher education, and based on the responses, ranked colleges in nine different categories.
Whittier College, a 1,000-student institution founded by Quakers, was listed third in the grouping of smaller, comprehensive colleges offering a variety of liberal arts and professional courses. The magazine singled out Whittier's curriculum for its emphasis on non-Western culture, saying the college had a "commitment to enhancing global understanding."
All students following Whittier's basic liberal arts curriculum are required to study Asian, African and Latin American civilization, as well as European.