Students Say

If learning can be both rigorous and laid-back at the same time, it happens at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. The “challenging” academics here are coupled with a “relaxed attitude” in order to give students “the best education possible without sacrificing all the fun one expects of college.”

Overview

Applicants
3,653
Acceptance Rate
41%
Average HS GPA
3.79

GPA Breakdown

69%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 720
SAT Math
600 - 710
ACT Composite
28 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

If learning can be both rigorous and laid-back at the same time, it happens at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. The “challenging” academics here are coupled with a “relaxed attitude” in order to give students “the best education possible without sacrificing all the fun one expects of college.” Populated mainly by “intelligent, ambitious liberals with far-reaching goals,” this somewhat idealistic school seeks to build critical thinking skills through “an earnest discourse about ’life, the universe, and everything.’” So no one starts off with a blank slate, all first-year students are required to take a course referred to as “Encounters” which is a two semester introduction to the liberal arts and the academic construction of knowledge. Distribution requirements ensure that all students get a breadth of courses, and a lack of TAs ensures that they get all the attention they need. Although there’s always a dud or two in the mix, professors are “genuinely brilliant and interesting people” and “love to spend time with students outside of class,” whether it be for academic help or just conversation. “It is not uncommon to have potlucks, classes, or movie night over at your professor ’s house with your class,” says one student.

On the administrative side of things, bureaucracy and red tape are kept to a minimum in this chill environment through “effortless use of the ’system’” and the administration gets raves all around for its devotion to “maintaining quality student life,” which is something of a rarity. “I have never heard of any college being as supportive as this place has been to me in just the past two years,” says a student. “Whitman’s president gave me a ride to campus one semester after I met him at the airport,” says another. As one can imagine, all these things come together to form a student body that’s “happy, wellbalanced, and well-cared-for.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.6:1
Total Faculty
216
with Terminal Degree
154

114
Men
102
Women
22
International
14
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


William O. Douglas
Former Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Walter Brattain
Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Rob Manning
Chief Engineer, Jet Propulsion Lab

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenberger
NASA astronaut

John Stanton
Founder, Western Wireless

Matthew Ames
Director of Research, Mayo Clinic

Ryan Crocker
Recent US Ambassador to Iraq

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Whitman College is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. The total cost of tuition, room and board, and everything else adds up to around $57,500 per year. Both need-based and merit aid is available to help offset costs. Every spring, Whitman offers a financialplanning night that addresses not only loans but also financial issues for graduating students to be aware of. Whitman offers internships during the summer that allow the students to work in the same area as their degree and hopefully help with employment when they graduate. Whitman also meets 100% of the student’s need with the Garrett/Sherwood scholarships and the President’s scholarships.

Bang For Your Buck

A full suite of scholarships are on offer here, covering up to the full cost of tuition and fees for four years. Highlights include the Whitman awards, which are renewable, four-year merit-based scholarships, ranging from $9,000 to $14,000 to entering students who have excelled academically. Whitman’s Paul Garrett and Claire Sherwood Memorial Scholarships range from $2,500 to $50,000 depending on demonstrated financial need. The scholarship includes a trip to NYC to visit corporate headquarters and graduate schools on the East Coast. The Eells Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for four years and includes a research grant. Talent awards are available in art, debate, music, and theater. Whitman’s outside scholarship policy allows students to add scholarships they receive from non-Whitman sources on top of the college’s awarded scholarship up to the total budget.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,099

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,484

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,337

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,147

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,588

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,440
Required Fees
$360
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

It’s a sociable bunch at Whitman, where most students “are interested in trying new things and meeting new people” and “everyone seems to have a weird interest or talent or passion.” The quirky Whitties “usually have a strong opinion about something,” and one freshman refers to her classmates as “cool nerds.” Diversity has risen steadily over the past several years, as the school has made an effort to recruit beyond the typical “midto upper-class and white” contingent. Everyone here is pretty outdoorsy and environmentally aware (“to the point where you almost feel guilty for printing an assignment”), and a significant number of students have won fellowships and scholarships such as the Fulbright, Watson, Truman, and Udall.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,498
Out of State

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

5.58%
Asian
8.16%
Hispanic
76.01%
Caucasian
3.00%
Unknown
4.04%
International

56% female
44% male
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Most people stay on campus for their fun, “especially first-years,” and throughout this “bubble” the “sense of closeness and comradeship is very evident through attendance at student-run concerts, art shows, etc.” Everything is within ten minutes’ walking distance. Academics take precedence for almost everyone, but “most students find time to party on the weekends,” due to a “lenient and fair” alcohol policy. Thanks to the campus activities board, “there’s almost always something fun going on, whether or not a person chooses to drink,” such as Drive-In Movie Night and Casino Night. With “four beautiful seasons,” outdoor activities are also very popular, thanks to “a great gear rental program that gets people outside hiking, biking, kayaking, and rock-climbing,” and “Frisbees are everywhere when it’s warm.” In fact, there’s so much going on “if someone says they are bored, students laugh and wish they could relate.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
67%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
99
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
136
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
7

48% join a fraternity
44% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

38% participate in intramural sports
17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Missionaries)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Missionaries)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball


Sustainability

The student passion for sustainability at Whitman College is evidenced by the number of green student groups on campus. Among the many groups are the Green Leaders, who promote green student living, the Organic Garden, which provides organic and locally grown food, and Campus Climate Challenge, a group that conducts campaigns on campus such as banning the sale of bottled water and pushing for divestment from fossil fuel corporations. Some recent successes from Whitman groups and clubs include a new community supported agriculture (CSA) plot by Student Agriculture at Whitman (SAW), which sells produce to Bon Appetit for use in campus dining meals. Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman has a cozy 117-acre campus that is ideal for walking or biking around. The school says that most students have bicycles, and those who don’t can utilize the school’s Bike Share Program. All of the bikes used in the program were abandoned bikes on campus refurbished at the College’s student-run bike shop. Students who enjoy exploring nature are thrilled by the school’s Outdoor Program, which runs weekend trips for kayaking, rafting, and other outdoor activities. The school purchases 100 percent post-consumer waste recycled paper for its departments, and mulches all grass clippings. In 2009, Whitman installed solar panels on the Bratton Tennis Center. Organic compost is used in the majority of campus landscaping projects. The school’s dining services, provided by Bon Appetit, have a “Farm to Fork” local food initiative and purchase eco-friendly containers. In addition, they aim to serve organic and sustainable food such as rBGH-free dairy, cage-free eggs, and antibiotic-free meat.

Green Rating
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mary Beth Ehrhardt
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admission
345 Boyer Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Phone
509-522-4423

Email
visit@whitman.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Reid Campus Center
Ankeny Field (Main Quad)
Baker Ferguson Fitness Center
Penrose Library
Harper Joy Theatre

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Local wineries
Main Street - National Historic District (less than 1 mile away)
Fort Walla Walla Museum
Bluewood and Spout Springs ski areas

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm M-F; 9am-1pm Sat.
509-522-4423

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9am,11am,and 2:30pm;Sat 11am;sum
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@whitman.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sun-Thurs nights only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
A 10-minute drive from campus, the Walla Walla Airport is served by Alaska/Horizon Air, which offers daily flights to Walla Walla with connections through Seattle, WA. For city bus service from the airport to the campus or downtown, call Valley Transit (509-525-9140) to arrange for boarding (bus transportation from the airport Monday-Friday only). Rental cars in Walla Walla are available from Budget (509-525-8811), Hertz (509-522-3321), and Dollar (509-527-0812). For city taxi service, call A-1 Taxi (509-529-2525). Greyhound Bus Lines (509-525-9313, 800-231-2222) serves Walla Walla with daily connections from Pendleton, OR, Pasco WA, Spokane, WA, and Seattle. Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and United Express provide additional air service with flights to Pasco (47 miles west of Walla Walla). Major rental car companies are on-site at the Pasco Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
If you are traveling to Walla Walla (from east or west) on Highway 12, take the Clinton Street exit and proceed 6 blocks south on Clinton to Boyer Avenue. Turn right on Boyer. Penrose House (the office of admission) is 1 block ahead on the northwest corner of Boyer and Stanton. Parking is in the driveway of Penrose House. If you are traveling from south of Walla Walla, Highway 11 from Pendleton, OR, becomes Highway 125 at the Washington State line, and then becomes Ninth Ave. when it enters Walla Walla. Drive north on Ninth to Poplar. Turn right on Poplar St. and continue to Park St. Make a left on Park St. and travel one block to Boyer Ave. Turn right on Boyer and drive through campus to Penrose House on the northwest corner of Boyer and Stanton.

Local Accommodations
Within walking distance are the Travelodge (421 E. Main St., 509-529-4940) and the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn (325 E. Main St.; 509-529-4360). Each offers a seasonal outdoor pool, among other amenities. A short drive (or 15-20 minute walk) from campus are the Best Western Walla Walla Suites (7 E. Oak St., 509-525-4700), Budget Inn (305 N. 2nd Ave., 509-529-4410), and the La Quinta Inn (520 N. 2nd Ave., 509-525-2522). Also close to campus is Walla Walla's premier hotel, the Marcus Whitman (6 W. Rose St., 509-525-2200 or 866-826-9422). A few miles from campus are the Holiday Inn Express (1433 W. Pine St., 509-525-6200), the Hampton Inn (1531 Kelly Place, 509-525-1398), and Super 8 Motel (2315 Eastgate St., 509-525-8800). Also within walking distance from campus are 4 Bed-and-Breakfast establishments: The Boyer House Bed and Breakfast Inn (741 Boyer Ave., 509-200-9931), The Green Gables Inn (922 Bonsella St., 509-525-5501), The CarltAnn House (1004 Alvarado Terrace, 509-240-2713), The Maxwell House (701 Boyer Ave., 509-529-4283), and the Wine Country Inn (915 Alverado Terrace, 509-386-3592).
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Key Stats

3,653
Applicants
1,498
Size
41%
Acceptance Rate
1320
SAT Scores

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