Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College


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Jenna
Why did you decide to go to this school?

The community. I felt it when I visited and I knew I would get a great education in an environment when I felt safe, comforta...

Why did you decide to go to this school?

The community. I felt it when I visited and I knew I would get a great education in an environment when I felt safe, comfortable, and part of something bigger.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Popular groups on campus include: the outdoor program (OP) which sponsors trips and operates the ever-popular climbing wall and open kayak swimming/water polo, ASWC (Associated Students of Whitman College) and WEB (Whitman Events Board) which puts on events and brings awesome speakers and performers to campus, Greek life (only 30% of the student population, but still an overall positive part of campus) which throw a ton of all-campus parties and events and maintain a strong connection with the campus and the community, and sports (varsity, club, and intramural) which most students participate in at some level. Groups I'm involved with are Greek life, the Prison Research Group, Hillel-Shalom (the Jewish group), and various intramural sports (my favorite is flag football). Some highlights of campus activities are going to the wheatfields at sunrise/sunset, climbing at the climbing center, playing pick-up soccer, going to speakers and music performances (past ones include Ralph Nader, Sherman Alexi, Ben Folds, The New Pornographers, Tallest Man on Earth, Frank from PostSecret), our three amazing acapella groups, going to sport games on the weekends, and getting coffee/dinner downtown.

Describe the students at your school.

Whitman has a fairly uniform student body. Even though there isn't a ton of diversity (most students are white, upper middle-class, liberal, non-religious, Pacific Northwesters), we do have students that come from a variety of backgrounds. I was surprised by how many international students go to Whitman. I think Whitman strives for diversity even though it's not one of the strongest areas here. On the bright side, because we are a small campus, you get to know everyone. I've met so many people here and I'm still meeting people. Even though I'm a junior, I have a ton of friends in every grade. It's very very easy to meet people, and almost everyone is friendly. I really feel like there is a Whitman community that students enjoy and take advantage of. I've heard of very few issues between students or groups, or any sort of antagonistic or negative social scene. Everyone really gets along here.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Outdoorsy, liberal, smart, friendly. For the most part YES, very true in all the best ways

Miranda
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back to my senior year, I would tell myself to quit goofing around and to take school more serious. Life threw ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back to my senior year, I would tell myself to quit goofing around and to take school more serious. Life threw me a beautiful baby of a curveball and it has only motivated me more to take school more serious. The first time i attempted classes at a community college fresh out of high school I was more worried about what all my friends were doing and failed a bunch of classes. Now, the second time around, I recently graduated with an associates of science degree in a medical assisting program with a 3.95 GPA and was a few days away from perfect attendance. I never would have thought that I had it in me to be so dedicated to school, but now that's all I'm about. I want a good future for both me and my baby girl. I always wanted to become a nurse long before I had children, but actually, now I'm even more excited to have my little one watch me walk across another stage but this time with a lifelong career in hand. You never know where life will take you. You have to get prepared!

Guadalupe
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

An advice I will definetly give myself is to not wait to do the work last minute. College is really time consuming, yet it ca...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

An advice I will definetly give myself is to not wait to do the work last minute. College is really time consuming, yet it can be fun if we know how to manage our time correctly.

J
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

This applicant would challenge himself to remain focused and intrinsically motivated to retain the dream of attaining a highe...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

This applicant would challenge himself to remain focused and intrinsically motivated to retain the dream of attaining a higher education to acquire the soft and hard technological skills for the benefit of humanity and the environment in the spirit of excellence. All the while, he should sustain a spiritual balance and relationship with God, yet ever cognizant that he has been placed in this life to serve. The experiences gained while acquiring these technological skills in the halls of academia would enable and empower him with the rudimentary skills requisite of one who aspires to affect a catalyst for change to the world at-large. Because of his spiritual centeredness and worldly desire to be trained in a capacity to technologically, philosophically, and theosophically contribute to, and add his verve to this human melting pot, he must remain keenly aware of the impact he has on the behavior, thoughts, and actions of others. This striking awareness thereby causing him not to desire to abuse, mishandle, pervert, nor misuse those entrusted to his charge; this all, to the glory of God. Again, this applicant would endeavor to convey the ideology that with this great power comes due diligence and great responsibility.

Andrea
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Freshman foundation course, Encounters.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Freshman foundation course, Encounters.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't stress about college, you are well prepared. Talk to high school alums and learn from their experience. Listen to your parents and teachers, they actually do know a thing or two!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The challenging academics in a supportive environment with great teachers.

Kayvon
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love Whitman! I couldn't have made a better college decision. It is the perfect size! It's the size of my hi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love Whitman! I couldn't have made a better college decision. It is the perfect size! It's the size of my high school ~1500, but ITS NOTHING LIKE HIGH SCHOOL. Everybody is so nice, there aren't any clicks. Class sizes are great, the intro classes are a little bigger...but that is to be expected at any school. The professors at Whitman go out of their way to help you out with anything you might need! I've had professors have morning classes at their house, just because. I've had other professors invite me over to their house for dinner when I asked if they could help me with a concept. Professors have set aside an hour a week to meet with just me to make sure I felt confident with what we were learning. THEY ARE SO NICE and care so much about their students. The classes are interesting, and filled with students that are genuinely there to learn. Every student is ready to learn, engaged, and happy to be there. Classes are filled with engaging discussion and usually entertaining as well. The social life is great. People (including myself when I was considering whitman) are always worried about Walla Walla being in the middle of nowhere and it being boring. Boy, that was the biggest concern for me. But if I had just listened to my tour guide or any of the students I met while I was there--my decision would have been a lot easier. THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO AT WHITMAN FOR FUN. They bring in amazing speakers, comedians, events, bands, BOUNCY HOUSES that are free of charge to all students to attend. For those who are interested in the party scene, there is one at Whitman too. We have our own radio station for people who are interested in DJ'ing, or having their own talk show! There is sooo much to do at Whitman for fun that you actually won't have a free night if you chose to take advantage of everything there is to do at Whitman. (P.S. On Nov. 30th, our Events Board is bringing Frank Warren, the creator of Post Secret to Campus to give a talk and for a Q&A...how cool is that?!?!?!) But one key thing about every Whitman student is that every single one of us is here for our education first. So before you tell yourself "but I want a school that is by the beach, or a school that is in the big city"...think to yourself this "I want a school where every student is there to learn, because I'm going to college to learn first and have fun second". Our education is our number one priority. That's not to say whitman is a depressing funless school (for reassurance see the paragraph above this), but it does say something about the character of our students. We work hard, we play hard. I would go so far as to say that I am getting the FULL college experience at Whitman. A world class education, with a traditional college experience. I. LOVE. THIS. PLACE.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Nothing is really more popular than something else. Everybody at Whitman finds their nitch where they fall in love with some activity, club, or group....but then those kids that found their nitch will participate in other activities and groups just because they are interested or enjoy that other thing (or multiple things). It's not like Greek life is more popular than participating in the Theater program. In fact, members of the theater department are actually PART OF the Greek system! Same with Student government. The people that are part of Student government are also on the swim team, or the baseball team and other varsity athletics. From my stand point, I don't think there is one activity or group that is more popular to be part of than another. I feel like each group and organization is viewed equally by every student, and their membership overlaps regularly. There is a great culture at Whitman though. In all the dorms, people leave their doors open. So as you walk down the hall way coming back from the bathroom, it might take 15 or 20 minutes to get back to your room because you are stopping and saying hi to everybody in their rooms as you walk by. I really really enjoyed that last year, I got really close with some people just cause everybody's doors were open all the time. In terms of fun things to do for student activities...I really enjoy doing Fridays at Five...its when all the jazz groups perform in the coffee house on friday at five. It's a great way to unwind after the week is over and listen to great music while hanging out with some of your friends. There are also some awesome traditions at Whitman (some of which are secret!! I promise they aren't bad!! they are just secret and part of the fun is that they are secret!) But the ones that aren't secret I'll tell you about! For freshman students there is a thing called "storming the field". All the RA's of each dorm that houses freshmen put on the storming the field tradition the first night of orientation. Basically that is when all the freshman go outside and do a lap (or two) around their dorm's respective field and then the rest of the night is filled with tons of fun field games, root beer floats, snacks...and also leads into one of our secret traditions! so much fun, I wont ever forget storming the field. Other traditions include "riding sticks". We've got a sculpture on campus that looks like a horse made out of driftwood, and students regularly will ride sticks just for fun. But during the winter, right before finals it is a tradition for everybody to line up and ride sticks to some ridiculous music playing the background. It's great fun. Another great tradition is the Paul Allen Reading Room Challenge. We have a quiet room in our library. And the challenge basically is, is if you are the last person in the quiet room (usually in the AM) you get to sign a book on top of the fire place mantel and explain why you were up so late studying and what professor's fault it was...it's great to look back on all the pages and see all the ridiculous things written in there. We have fraternities and sororities on campus, and I am part of a fraternity. However, the greek system is by no means the center of attention or the "elite" group of people on campus. Being part of a greek house is just like being part of a club, or a sports team or another student group. It is just one part of something you do in college, but not the only thing. There isn't any negative stigma about the greek system, it is a very open group of people and people who are not affiliated are always over at the greek houses hanging out with their friends who live there. There is no culture clash between affiliated members and unaffiliated members...which may sound weird, but thats the culture that has developed at Whitman. Which is great! cause I can't imagine not having some of the friends that I have now just because they chose not to join the greek system.

What are the academics like at your school?

I was told Whitman's academics were rigorous. And that's what I got. A rigorous academic experience that has my mind engaged every single day. The professors are excited to talk about what they're talking about. They are excited for class every day (even at 8:00am...its crazy). The students here are happy to be going to class, excited to learn what professors have to say. The topic of conversation at dinner often is centered around something discussed in class earlier that day (though not necessarily always...we talk about other things too, don't worry). Students are not cut throat at Whitman. While we all strive for excellence in our academics, we all have each other's backs too. I was in beginning chemistry my freshman year, and I was struggling a lot. I was meeting with my professor every week and had a tutor (oh wow....Whitman offers free tutoring for any subject!!!) and still wasn't getting it. And some of my friends in my section in my residence hall were taking chemistry too and were understanding it. They would walk by my door and notice I was working on chemistry and offer to help since they knew how much I was struggling. Almost every other night a couple of them would be working with me for hours on end to not only get their homework finished, but also to make sure I got it done and understood it. It is such a great academic environment when all the students work together to succeed. Finally, the Professors are always available for help and are always happy to give you that help! I can't emphasize this enough. Some will invite you to their house, others will go out to coffee with you, and others will simply extend their office hours. They want to make sure each student understands what they are teaching, because they believe that what they are teaching is important and LOVE what they are teaching and want to transmit their passion to their students. Simply, amazing.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

It's really hard to put a stereotype on Whitman Students. We got tons of people that LOVE to be outdoors, love hiking, skiing, camping, kayaking..etc. But I'm not too outdoorsy, if the only type of people we had at Whitman were outdoor kids I would feel really left out. But luckily, we got lots of people that are interested in other things like student government, politics, science, theater, comedy..etc. But there aren't any clicks at Whitman. The outdoorsy kids hang out with the theater kids, the people in Greek life hang out with the people in who do dance, the Student Government kids are biology majors..etc. And often, members of one group are members of another group. People at Whitman are accepting and friendly and are genuinely interested in each other's interests and welcome trying new experiences! Finally, everybody at Whitman is driven to achieve excellence academically. However, it isn't a cut throat school where students want each other to fail, rather they want each other to succeed and go out of their way to help their peers succeed. It's great. But students at whitman are driven to be successful in everything they do outside of their academics as well. Be it student government, their work, their volunteering, to achieve the goals of whatever club or organization they are part of..etc. I've never been surrounded by so many type-a people who are friendly, accepting, interesting, and work together in such a coherent manner to make the institution they are part of an amazing place.

Sophia
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The school is small - less than 1500 students total. This leaves the campus lacking in diversity in the areas of academic fie...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The school is small - less than 1500 students total. This leaves the campus lacking in diversity in the areas of academic fields of study and extracurricular activities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself this - DO NOT FRET SO MUCH. I was so worried about whether or not I was making the right college choice that I failed to consider one crucial thing: there is not one perfect college for me. I gathered so much information on my top choices and loved visiting them so much that it was rediculous to think that there was a "wrong choice" that I could make in the end. I would be happy wherever I went. And accepting this statement in itself would increase my happiness with whatever choice I made. I found a wonderful new home in Whitman College. Worrying so much over the college process, despite the college process' obvious importance, could only hurt me in the end.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The school is small - less than 1500 students total. This leaves the campus lacking in diversity in the areas of academic fields of study and extracurricular activities.

Caitlin
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for rigorous academics, small class sizes, and attentive professors. I feel that I am receiving the b...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for rigorous academics, small class sizes, and attentive professors. I feel that I am receiving the best education available to me in my geographic region.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The class size is very small, and the professors offer you support you would normally receive in graduate school.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

After I read this question, I was tempted to make a list of things to avoid at college. Never procrastinate, avoid that class, do not date that boy. But I realize giving myself advice about what NOT to do was negative. Instead, I would give myself a list of five positive tips. First, I would look my younger self straight in the eye and say: "have faith." Have faith in your talent, creativity, and charm. You are smart and strong, so have faith in yourself. Second, despite your strength, you will stumble sometimes. Ask for help when you falter. Friends and professors will be happy to give you support. Third, work hard. Fully apply yourself to everything you do. Anything less than your best is just not good enough. Fourth, let yourself fall in love. Fall in love with a subject that makes you excited to learn more. And let yourself fall in love with a boy. No, not your first boyfriend (he turns out to be rotten). But the second guy you love is definitely worthwhile. Fifth, revel in being young. You have options, opportunities, and open doors right in front of you. Enjoy every minute!

ray
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Whitman is a small college in a small town in the middle of wheat fields. Whitman has received a respectable reviews in sever...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Whitman is a small college in a small town in the middle of wheat fields. Whitman has received a respectable reviews in several college guides. People come here for the academics. Like any college, it is what you make of it. I worked hard to receive a quality education, although there are some who just go through the motions and get by. The professors were generally very dedicated, friendly and accessible. This place can feel very small, but there is always something scheduled. It may not interest you, though. I always looked forward to going home.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I liked Whitman, but I would urge those who are interested in going here to visit the college and spend a day around the students and attend a class. When it comes to colleges, one size does not fit all.

What are the academics like at your school?

I didn't like the Core - thought it was a waste of time. As a result, I didn't put much effort into it. I had a hard time finding a major that interested me and wish I could have taken other classes instead of the Core. The Whitman professors are dedicated teachers. They also like to pile on the work. It won't be easy. You'll learn time management. As I look back, I wish I did a foreign study term.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greek life has a strong presence here. If you want, frat parties can be the center of social life. Lots of drinking. Socializing tends to be done in groups. It helps to connect with a lot of different groups. For a small college, there is strong participation in the arts.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Outdoorsy, granola types. Serious about school.

Emily
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Whitman is challenging, but in a fun, supportive way; it isn't cut throat or gruelingly competitive because people work toget...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Whitman is challenging, but in a fun, supportive way; it isn't cut throat or gruelingly competitive because people work together to learn.

Describe the students at your school.

Quirky, sometimes scary smart, but any of them would give you the shirt off their back if asked.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My college experience so far has been one of hard work, great people and developing the real me. Being away from the influences of home and family have forced me to evaluate who I really am and what I really want out of life and learning. Playing Division III soccer has given me a group of great friends and athletes, a great many sore muscles and a higher level of competition than I have ever experienced. Academicly, the professors are for the most part great. Caring and always able to find time to help. The campus is beautiful and the town of Walla Walla small enough to go anywhere on bike and find the things you need. Even if just getting away from it all is your goal. I am so happy I came to Whitman.

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