Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College


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Recent Reviews

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

The stereotypical Whitman student is etiher a Patagonia-wearing, tree-hugging, rarely-showering hippie or a very wealthy, spo...

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

The stereotypical Whitman student is etiher a Patagonia-wearing, tree-hugging, rarely-showering hippie or a very wealthy, spoiled, pretentious brat.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The campus and the surrounding area are very scenic.

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

The undergraduate college experience is one you will (most likely) only experience once. When looking for the school that is right for you, do not overlook the value of extracurricular activities and the feel of the campus community. Extracurricular activities, in particular at a smaller school, will provide many opportunities for enrichment of an otherwise solely academic four years. A strongly knit campus community is invaluable to forming close friendships and networking during and after school. In my opinion, these factors are priceless. With rising tuition costs these days, few people are likely to find a steal for the price of their education. If you find a school that offers exactly what you want and need, price shouldn't be a factor. I am more than willing to take on the financial burden I have, considering the great value of my undergraduate experience.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

They also have a large number of extracurricular activities and intramural sports and they have strong academics. The adminis...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

They also have a large number of extracurricular activities and intramural sports and they have strong academics. The administration is very efficient, but are focused on the school's image, sometimes at the extent of the students. (The students usually don't let them get away with it for long however.) I like the small size of the college and the town. The downtown area is very nice. If you like superficial relationships, you can make a lot of friends. This is a school for extroverts. This college is a well known college in the Pacific Northwest and people recognize it as academically challenging, but outside of this region if you tell people you go to Whitman they will say "where?" We aren't very well known, which will hurt you when applying to grad. schools.

Describe the students at your school.

If you are a white, liberal, upper class student from the Pacific Northwest or California, you will fit in here. LGBT are very welcome here. If you don't fit the above description, then you will feel uncomfortable and possibly be an outcast. Though we have a strong outdoor program, lower class students can't afford to participate, making it a rich student's club. Republicans are demonized, and centrists can be too sometimes. I've heard stories of students writing a paper with a Republican standpoint, and getting a bad grade on it because of this. International students are mostly only friends with other international students. Many lower class and minority students transfer before graduating. The classism and racism on campus isn't obvious, rather it tends to be the inadvertent kind that comes from the ignorance of the upper class of the struggles of those different from them. I can't join student clubs because I have to work 15-20 hours a week just to afford to go here. Other students can have their parents pay for everything. If you have to take out a large number of student loans just to go here, then I suggest you go to a cheaper state school.

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As an academically challenging school with an overwhelming amount of activities and a student body of type A personalities, it's very easy to get too stressed out. I know many people who took a semester off or transferred due to stress and many seniors are very burned out by the time they graduate. It's easy to take on too many activities and not realize it until you are pulling all nighters on a regular basis just to get everything done. Having so much to do can also be very isolating and many students end up being lonely. It's hard to form deep relationships because everyone is so busy. It can also be isolating if you are a republican, minority, or lower class student, though they are trying to improve on this.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For the most part, although the college is attempting to include more diversity.

What are the academics like at your school?

Whitman has a strong academic environment, and if you want intellectual stimulation, this is the place to be. The professors are very close to the students and the college president has no problems talking to us. Intellectual conversations happen everywhere all the time. Students are more cooperative than competitive. The science and math department in general is very theory based, so don't expect to do a lot of research (though they are slowly improving in this respect). The math and astronomy departments are excellent. There also isn't much computer programing to be had, so you will have to learn that on your own or by taking a summer class somewhere else. This school is NOT geared towards getting a job or getting into Grad. school. They are geared toward learning. Consequently, even though I learned a lot, I now have no idea what to do after I graduate. This school is the opposite of a research university. (aka, small, theory based (not applied)).

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Major activities on campus include intramural sports, Debate, Greek life, and theater. Our Debate team is one of the best in the country, as is our cycling team. We don't have a football team (that alone tells you we are nerds...) Our Greek life is very different from that of other schools, in that their main focus isn't on drinking but on community service and group activities. Some members in Greek life don't drink at all, though in general they do drink more than the average student. There are hundreds of clubs on campus and you can make your own at any time. The amount of activities on and off campus can be overwhelming sometimes, and most of them don't include drinking. You can see a play or go to a sports game or see a speaker or go to a club meeting or to an event in the interest house community or to any number of events created by the student activities club like music concerts (classical or a band) or movies. You can also find parties or friends to drink with if you want, and you can go wine tasting (Walla Walla has wineries everywhere!). It can be very difficult to balance time between working, events, clubs, class, and school work. Consequently, the dating scene is pretty dead and students either have sex pretty liberally or not at all, but the few who do date are in very serious relationships.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They are white, liberal, upper class and are environmentalist and like the outdoors. They are also smart, motivated, and hard working.

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

Whitman College is a welcoming learning environment with a community of students and faculty who respect each other and who a...

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

Whitman College is a welcoming learning environment with a community of students and faculty who respect each other and who are are dedicated to academics while also maintaining passions for various other non-academic activities and causes.

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

I believe that college is not simply a mode of acquiring a professional degree, but an important time for students to develop their intellects and to discover their passions. For this reason I think that one of the most important factors in deciding on a college is the student's knowledge of what about a school's academics and community excites them the most. For a student to get the most out of a college education, they must be in a place that they find stimulating. This may mean a school's individual approach to teaching, a location such as a big city with lots of diverse opportunities, or a school's excellence in a certain field. An education is only what each individual makes of it. I believe that if a student is in an environment where they can be happy, they will be much more inclined to make their time in college worth it. In looking for a school I recommend that students and parents try and find a place that will give them experiences that that will be both interesting and challenging rather than focusing on a school's name or on a moneymaking career.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Students who would be less likely to do well at whitman are students who hate the outdoors; students who are more focused on their social lives or partying than academics; students who want to be in a city where they can go shopping and out to clubs; students who are completely career driven.

Kristianne
Describe the students at your school.

For the most part they are not just there to pass the class, they actually want to learn something, they are engaging and rel...

Describe the students at your school.

For the most part they are not just there to pass the class, they actually want to learn something, they are engaging and reliable.

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

Don't choose a college just because it has a program that you think you are interested in now. Believe me, you will most likely chnge your mind a few times when you get into college about what you want to do, choose a college because it is a place that will make you happy. It is a good atmosphere for you? Are you happy there? I can guaruntee you that if you go to a place because you know that you'll be happy there you will find what you are meant to do.

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

We're a community and not an institution, we have fun while we are here to learn. For the most part we are here for the academics, but there are bands and great lecturers and movies, we know each other and get along. They are good people here, they are smart, but not smart but not pompous.

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

A collaborate learning environment where students work hard and play hard.

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

A collaborate learning environment where students work hard and play hard.

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

When selecting a college, think both about the experience you want when you attend the school and what you hope to do upon graduation. Having recently graduated, I've found that a liberal-arts school is fabulous if you love learning and plan on going on to get a graduate degree, but it may not be ideal if you hope to get a job right away in the work force. You don't need to know your major going in, but it helps to know what you definitely DON'T want afterwards. Also, VISIT your top choice schools during a time when the college is in session and stay overnight if possible. It may be more convenient to make college visits during summer or school breaks, but the campus is only a tiny part of the equation. A college is your school and your home for four years and it is the students and the classes that make or break your college experience, so get a chance to really experience the ambiance whenever possible.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who just want to party and don't care about academics should not attend this school. Highly religious or conservative people may not feel comfortable at this school. People who love clubbing, shopping, and big cities may not enjoy this school's location. People who want to enter a career field right after college without additional schooling may find prospects difficult coming from this school--Whitman provides great practice with analytical thinking and writing and the opportunity for great teacher recommendations, but few majors that are immediately marketable in the work force (e.g. business, computer science, education, etc.).

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

If you're able to visit the colleges you're interested in, go. If not, talk to as many people as you can about college in ge...

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

If you're able to visit the colleges you're interested in, go. If not, talk to as many people as you can about college in general and any alumni of that college or a similar one. To make the most out of your college experience, get involved, learn when to push yourself and when to take a break, to enjoy what you have, to earn where you are, and to make the most out of all the resources around you - friends, professors, facilities, etc...

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone driven, a self-motivator, interested in trying out new things and meeting new people. Someone who likes to ask questions and be active, be it in the community, the classroom, athletics, or otherwise.

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

We were always pushed hard enough that when we graduated, we were incredibly capable independent human beings. We were never coddled but could always find support when needed.

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

Make sure the culture of the school is what you are looking for.

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

Make sure the culture of the school is what you are looking for.

What's unique about your campus?

Location: small town, great campus Academics: Awesome professors and classes Social: great, interesting, fun people

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Strictly traditional and somewhat conservative curriculmn

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

Get started early, and find a campus that feels right to YOU. While it is important to have a few ideas about what you want ...

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

Get started early, and find a campus that feels right to YOU. While it is important to have a few ideas about what you want to do, don't stress to much. Besides, if you really don't know what you want to do, then a liberal arts school is the perfect place to go. Make sure you apply to plenty of scholarships as well.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about the school is the studious but friendly and relatively easygoing atmosphere.

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