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| I would have studied a bit more finance and accounting. Liberal arts prepared me well to be an adaptive person, which is why I ended up in general management roles. I was always weakest on finance (that can be resolved easily). Writing skills are important. In H.S., I would recommend debate team and team sports. |
|Aug 22 2008|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| The BIG POSITIVE: Whittier is a GREAT school if you are planning to study hard and try to get into grad school. All my close friends got into really nice grad schools. I myself got into a top-10 research university for the program of my choice. Professors really go out of their way to help you.|
The BIG NEGATIVE: If you are trying to get an industry job, you are better off at a larger university that attracts more potential employers. Whittier Career Fairs get attended by the Peace Corps, the Marines, the Red Cross and ... that's about it. You will need to work EXTRA hard to get a decent job, but i know people who've done it.
OTHER ISSUES: Student quality is mediocre at best. A lot of students don't belong there - they either cannot afford the tuition, or simply ended up at Whittier because no other school wanted them. In an average class, you'll experience a huge disparity between the intellectual levels of some students.The lack of creativity of studying is translated to the social scene - it revolves primarily around drinking, the dorms reek of weed, and it is generally a discouraging social setting.
|Mar 11 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2005 |
| Although the college prides itself on diversity, there is a feeling that it is crammed down the throats of its students. If you are white or hispanic there will be plenty of other students that look like you but there aren't many black students. I like the small class sizes, but it can be really limiting to only have two or three instructors within the major. Adjunct profs can be nightmarish and even some of the tenured ones (all doctors) can be annoying. Overall, Whittier gives one a decent education but it's really what the student makes of it. This is not a party school and has no nationally recognized frats; its more of a kick it in the dorms kind of campus. But if you have friends with a car Hollywood and Santa Monica is only 30 mins drive, so you have other options off-campus. Also, the school doesn't have its own study abroad programs, with the exception of Denmark, becuase it is so small. |
|Aug 27 2007|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2007 |