Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College


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Recent Reviews

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

Really look hard and be ready to look into schools you don't expect to be a good fit

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

Really look hard and be ready to look into schools you don't expect to be a good fit

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The party atmosphere was pretty overwhelming when I first got here... I don't drink and I found myself feeling lonely a lot. It took almost a year for me to find a group of non-drinkers to hang out with and then it got a lot better.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Very conservative people would really struggle here

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

This school is incredibly friendly and happy, and therefore provides a strong environment to work in. The teacher's first pr...

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

This school is incredibly friendly and happy, and therefore provides a strong environment to work in. The teacher's first priority are the students as oppose to their own research projects. Students will rarely be in a large class. Close friendships are formed due to the small and enclosed campus.

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

Start early on your college search and spend time to really think about what you want in a college. Make sure after you've narrowed it down to visit the colleges you're interested in, try to stay a night in a dorm, talk to students, talk to professors and check out departments that you are interested in. When you receive your acceptance letters and financial aid packets, this information along with the information you've gained from researching and visiting the schools will combine to form the best decision. Having embarked on the college experience, it can be difficult to balance a perhaps highly social atmosphere and freedom with school work. To be successful, set priorities early. Make sure that you don't fall behind in readings and classworks, study to do well on tests, and then be able to enjoy time spent with friends and weekends. Being involved in extra-curricular activities can be great ways to meet new people and a fun way to spend time. Make sure you don't sign up for too much and make your work load impossible to handle. The key to success in college is finding ways to balance your time.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who'se interested in learning a variety of things and is interested in a well rounded liberal arts education. Someone who wants to work hard but in a non-competitive and open environment. Someone who is pretty social and will enjoy getting involved with campus clubs, activities and extra-curriculars. Someone who has a variety of interests. Someone who does not mind living in a small town. Many people at this school enjoy outdoor activities, so someone who is interested in those activities would fit well.

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

Remember that college is an important time in life to figure out what your next steps are. Before applying take time to outli...

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

Remember that college is an important time in life to figure out what your next steps are. Before applying take time to outline your priorities. Think about: -what's most important: academics? sports? social life? creativity? -what schools are strongest in that area? -how does the school compare to your current academic standards? -what makes it unique? -are there groups on campus that you can be involved in? (eg. religious, cultural, interests, etc) -how important to you is size? housing? accessibility? distance from home? scholarships? There are many more variables to think about, but I would recommend visiting a school to get a feel for it before making a final decision. See if you might feel at home and how you could get involved. And once you arrive, make the most out of everything that you identified as important to you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The requirements of thesis, orals, and writtens for graduation.

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

Just figure out what you want, then hunt it down. Also, follow your gut. That's what I did -- I saw my college's website, and...

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

Just figure out what you want, then hunt it down. Also, follow your gut. That's what I did -- I saw my college's website, and just from that I could tell that it was a good fit.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who knows how to study hard, but also have fun. Its all about balance.

Casey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you want to be part of a tight knit, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment where people enjoy listening to your...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you want to be part of a tight knit, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment where people enjoy listening to your ideas, then Whitman is the place for you. Your classmates and professors will support and challenge every chance they get, inside AND outside of the classroom. Professors will know your name and have you call them at home when you need help on a paper. You will have multifaceted friends, who, it will turn out, have talents and interests that you have never even heard of. You will experience a wave of unexpected opportunities and learn to challenge yourself mentally, socially, and physically. Whitman will help you learn to be an active and engaged participant in world after college.

Describe the students at your school.

In general, Whitman is a very inclusive community. Although it may seem at times that the student body is largely made up of upper middle class, white students, the College is actually in the process of pushing diversity. This year's freshmen class was the most diverse class in the College's history. This means diversity in all forms - racial, ethnic, socio-economic, geographic, etc.. Students at Whitman who are the most successful socially are those who are willing to engage others and those who try new things. In my opinion, if you come to Whitman ready and eager to make new friends, you will. For, Whitties are, in general, very friendly, very socially aware, and very excited to experience new things and new people.

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

I think that CORE is the most representative aspect of the Whitman experience. CORE is a year-long course that all Whitman students take their first year. You have a class of 17 students on average (my class was much smaller) and one professor for the entire year. Together, you read texts that have contributed to the development of our society. First semester is Antiquity, second semester is Modernity. It is a fabulous class and one of the best things I ever did. You learn from your professor, from your classmates, and from the other first-year students who are reading the exact same thing as you are. The ideas and skills that you learn in CORE will help you not only at Whitman but later in life. This class teaches you to read closely, think critically, and to express your thoughts verbally and in writing. It is Whitman in a nutshell. For more info, check out the website: http://www.whitman.edu/content/index/acad/general-studies

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To some extent these stereotypes are accurate, but Whitman has a very diverse student body. While many students are socially, politically, and environmentally conscience, that is not all that we are. We are first and foremost liberal arts students - interested in and dedicated to learning. We also have lots of fun. From your typical college party to a trip with the outdoor program to a cello choir concert, Whitties enjoy many different activities.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes at Whitman are small and intimate - an average class size of 15. Your professor will know your name and hope that you participate in discussion, as will your classmates. Although there are those students who prefer to quietly listen, they are not as numerous as they might be elsewhere. Courses tend to be challenging. You will spend most of your waking hours during the week either doing work or thinking about doing it. However, professors are always available when you get stuck. The time you spend on work is usually rewarding, especially if you choose classes that interest you. Whitman students learn quickly how to prioritize their time so that fun doesn't get sacrificed in favor of tomorrow's homework. Overall, a Whitman education is not geared toward getting a job. Students are here to learn for the sake of learning, a pursuit that usually makes them excellent graduate school candidates and well rounded individuals later in life.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Whitman students love to get involved. IM sports are a major part of campus life, as are theater productions, guest lecturers, concerts, community service projects, and a variety of interest groups. Although Whitties work hard during the week, they have lots of fun on the weekends. Some students drink, some don't...this doesn't make much of a difference. As someone who didn't drink until I was of age, I can honestly say that not drinking at parties didn't make them any less fun. There are always non-party options as well and one is hard pressed to do everything they want to in a given evening. Whitties make friends all over the place: in their freshmen sections, in class, on IM sports teams, in the Greek system, and just hanging out. We tend to have large social networks, and because Whitman is fairly small (1,450 students) it isn't long before everyone knows (or at least recognizes) everyone.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Whitman students are often seen as nerdy and outdoorsy. They are environmentally friendly and tend to be labeled hippies.

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

Everybody is really relaxed and "chill" even though a lot of the students are generally really smart and hard workers - they ...

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

Everybody is really relaxed and "chill" even though a lot of the students are generally really smart and hard workers - they don't stress out very much. Many if not all of the students were the "best of the best" in their respective high schools, so now that we're all together, it's like we're all equals. But, students aren't obsessed with just their studies, a large percentage of the campus volunteers in the community and are evironmentally conscious.

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

When initially applying to the colleges, pick schools that fit the criteria most important to you. Say for example: academic reputation, big city/rural environment, class size or ability to interact with professors, athletics...and so on. Then make a list of at least six schools: 2 "dream schools" that you think might be a long shot considering it's competitive admissions process, 2 "most possible" schools that you think you have a pretty good chance of getting accepted, and 2 "for sure" schools that you "know" will accept you. Then, when acceptence letters come, visit those schools. A school might seem great on paper, but sometimes one just doesn't connect with the "feel" of the school. This is the most important factor in deciding what school is right for you. If you don't feel comfortable or can't picture yourself being at that school for four year, it doesn't matter if the school is everything you thought you wanted on paper - you will not be happy forcing yourself to attend that school. Once you start college, branch out and make new friends that first month. Then focus on perfecting a successful study routine. Good luck!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The academics are challenging - Whitman has a high reputation when it comes to the quality of students it produces and it makes sure to keep this high standard by setting a high standard of learning. But, other students and professors are helpful and engaging. Walla Walla is a small town but Whitman always brings entertainment to the campus and students always find fun things to do.

Andrew
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are great at helping me better understand concepts and know what it takes to succeed as a group.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are great at helping me better understand concepts and know what it takes to succeed as a group.

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

Go with what you feel is right in your gut. If the school makes you feel right at home and is dedicated to you, then the odds are that it is the right school for you. Talk with some of the professors, get to know the campus, get a feel for what life on campus is like. In the end, it is all about what makes you feel right at home. Finding the right college is hard and may take a while, but in the end, if you have found that perfect school, you'll never regret it. Whatever factors you consider most important, be sure that they scream "YOU." The best college or university is the one that has your best interests in mind.

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

Meal plan Variety of classes Wonderful professors that care about you

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