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.
The students here are helpful, kind, and compassionate. They are very enthusiastic of their interests, and they really pursue their passions. It's really refreshing and motivates you to be live up to your own expectations. Most students are from Washington, Oregon, and California. But there are definitely people from states on the East coast and Midwest. There are international students as well. Whitman comprises predominantly of Caucasian students. But while I notice that I sometimes am the only Asian-American within my group of friends, I belong with them.
Quirky, sometimes scary smart, but any of them would give you the shirt off their back if asked.
Every person here has something to bring to the table, so no matter where you end up living you will be sure to have a great time! Just wanna rep my section---D's Nuts!!
I think everyone is comfortable with everyone else.
Students at Whitman are predominantly white (and from Washington or Oregon). That being said, there is a prominent Latino population and there are a lot of international students here, as well as a bunch of east coasters and Montanans and Californians. My freshman year roommate was from Romania! And two other girls in my section were from Mongolia and Vietnam. Whitman students, no matter their race, are an extremely open bunch of people. Admissions is really trying to diversify the student body, and I think that anyone would have no problem fitting in. The campus is very open--there's a great LGBTQ group. Students at Whitman tend to be middle to upper-middle class and fairly liberal, but there are definitely exceptions to this rule.
Whitman's student activities and clubs are wildly diverse. There are clubs for everything, whether it be political, religious, LGBTQ-related, outdoorsy, or just for kicks. The best part about the clubs is how easy it is to start a club if there isn't already one you like. Sometime during my freshman year, there was a small push from a few students to start a Slam Poetry Club. And so they did (quite seamlessly).
Aside from clubs, Whitman's student radio, KWCW, is ranked pretty high among college radio stations. It's really easy to get involved in the radio, and from what I've heard, really enjoyable and fun too.
Intramural sports are a big deal at Whitman too. Flag football is one of the more seriously followed sports, and everyone gets into it (even if you don't play, you'll probably wind up watching). Aside from flag football, tennis, soccer, bowling, and several other sports make it onto the IM list.
Whitman students are fairly active in the political scene. For the most part, it's a pretty liberal campus. However, there is a Campus Conservatives group and they are quite active, so if you're hoping for political diversity, there it is.
One of my favorite things about Whitman is that the students genuinely seem interested in subjects and activities from all across the board. And, somehow, the students manage to find time between all their activities and studying to just hang out or catch a Monday Night Movie (put on every Monday by the Associated Students of Whitman College -- ASWC).
As a bisexual girl who came out during her freshman year, I can say that Whitman is very accepting. When I told my friends, they were happy for me. That might be because most kids at my school are pretty liberal, and sometimes maybe a little too P.C., or unwilling to offend.
I should say that at times during my freshman year I was very frustrated by the level of complacency at my college. I struggled to find passionate, creative folk who could get pissed off when need be. It was a bit of a quest, and after a semester of active searching I did find those people, and they are here, but I should tell you it's a bit of a schlep.
That said, the kids here are extremely kind, focused and intelligent. Often health-conscious, environmentally conscious, and outdoorsy. They are starters and joiners, so new projects are always cropping up all over the place.
students are laid back, interesting, and bring a lot to the table. whitman students are just as comfortable studying, playing a sport, participating in campus events, or partying. Although there is not a large degree of racial diversity, that aspect is improving. Although i think it is somewhat shallow and superficial to only analyze diversity based on race/ethnic identity. The is a large degree of diversity in terms of interests, skills, backgrounds, geographic diversity, etc. Students are politically aware, especially regarding environmental issues, mostly liberal. i've never heard of one student talk about how much they are going to earn, not surprising considering there is no business school. A republican student who wants a big school atmosphere, is self centered, and does not wish to challenge themselves would be someone who would feel out of place at Whitman.
Asking me to stereotype the student body? Not possible. I am a Tennis player who enjoys nerdy D and D sessions and cooking. How is that for diverse interests? And I am no where near as varied in interests as a lot of people. The one thing you will realize when you come to Whitman is that everyone has a talent. Everyone seems to have something amazing that they can do. Whether it be playing an instrument, playing a sport or being able to snap louder than thunder, (not kidding one of my best friends does this) Whitties have amazingly diverse interests and talents.
Whitman students are passionate and always surprising me. I am always learning that my friends have crazy talents or really cool interests. Students are mostly relaxed and dress to class is always casual. Above all else, students are accepting and encourage their peers to be themselves, whoever that may be. Whitman is too small for there to be cliques or individual social groups. Most of the time, I would feel comfortable sitting down at any table in the dining hall.
For the most part, the Whitman student body is pretty relaxed. Dress code is casual: shirts recommended but shoes optional (except in the dining halls).
I usually think of Whitman students as the kids who were a little different, so were never the most popular in high school, but then came to Whitman and found their peers. Unicycling, fencing, and accordion-playing are all fairly common sights on campus.
Most students are from the Pacific Northwest, especially Seattle and Oregon, but there's also people from all over the world. Although not known for its racial diversity, there is a black student union at Whitman, as well as an International Students and Friends Club, GLBTQ, and Allies Against Homophobia.
Whitman kids are almost too welcoming to people of different racial, religious, and sexual orientations. By that I mean it is a constant topic of discussion. I think it could become suffocating to be constantly told "you are accepted. we love you for who you are. etc." I do think that different types of students interact very well. I can't imagine anyone being excluded from anything at whitman because of race, religion, or sexual orientation. Most people at Whitman are moderately to extremely well off. Coming from a lower middle class family, I consider myself a minority. Once again, we are quite liberal and quite politically aware. Yes, people do talk about earning money.
Whitman's student body is very open and very diverse. There's a group or club on campus from every type of person, and all of these groups are widely supported by other types of people on campus. Whitman never feels cliquey. For example, if I were to describe four tables of students in the dining hall, there would be a wide range of people at each table. One may have someone who is really into sports eating with others who spend most of their time with theatre-related activities while someone else may be the next world-renowned biochemist. I could walk up to and sit down at practically any table in the dining hall and feel welcome. This being said, there are of course groups of people that spend more time together, just because their interests are similar or the groups they belong to are the same. I often eat in the dining hall with my sorority sisters, but that doesn't mean people who aren't in the sorority won't eat at our table--there are usually at least a few people who aren't, and they don't feel out of place.
I've worked a lot with the feminist club on campus (FACE), and I've laregly found the campus very receptive. There are so many different people here, and while EVERY different (racial, sexual orientation, ethnic, religious, etc) minority group may not be represented in spades, there are people from just about every subgroup I can think of.
This feels like an odd question because at Whitman the studwents are really the clincher of the college experience. We all learn from each others' different and exciting experiences, and limiting my thoughts to different representative "groups" on campus seems to betray my experience, which has just been full of a lot of different and really great people.
While here at Whitman we talk a lot about needing to become more diverse, we are, I think, more diverse than many of the other campuses I've ever seen and I think that we also have a far more comprehensive view of diversity that enriches everyone here. Could we be more diverse? Yes, but then, I think every institution could benefit from increased diversity.
In the past few years, Whitman has made an effort to bring more racial and socio-economic diversity to the student body, and diversity continues to grow on campus. There are a lot of white Pacific Northwest kids here, but to lump all of them into one category isn’t totally fair either. I would say that diversity of interest is what is really cool on campus. There’s a rap-activism group on campus, and a cello choir. There are trips to nearby skiing and craft club meetings. Every year, students find a way to organize their passions into activities, and the “typical” Whitman student is involved, but in what, it’s hard to say. For the most part, students tend to be fairly liberal-leaning politically, and agnostic. Conservatives and the religiously minded (especially Christians) are small, fairly soft-spoken minorities.
Whitman tends to be super laid back. Students definitely don't dress up for classes, most will be in sweats or something comfy. It is true that most of the student body is made up of white, middle to upper class students, but Whitman seems to be making a big effort to change that. As far as different social groups on campus go, students tend to band together in classes more often than they splinter off with just people they normally hang out with. And because everyone seems to be involved in at least three to four different activities on campus, there's a bunch of overlap anyways.
Whitman's student body is very environmentally conscious. It is true that our student body is mostly white, middle/upper-class, but Whitman is making a genuine effort at fostering diversity. With recent years we have seen more and more diversity in incoming classes. Whitman draws students who are "outdoorsy," and quite a lot of students are involved in IM sports.
My classmates are engaged and enthusiastic to learn about theories, applicable sciences, and are willing to help whenever it is needed.
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.
For the most part they are not just there to pass the class, they actually want to learn something, they are engaging and reliable.
Nice and interseting.
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.
My classmates are great at helping me better understand concepts and know what it takes to succeed as a group.
My classmates are self-encouraged and driven to explore the most creative aspects of any issue; they enjoy looking deep into primary sources and aren't afraid to say things in class which may go against the popular interpretation of the work.
All of them are highly motivated students, but they do not neglect their social lives. Most people have somehow maintained a perfect balance.
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