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4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

When I applied in 2003, Whitman accepted the Common Application. I also conducted an off-campus interview. I applied for Regular Decision, but I know that Whitman also does Early Decision. I applied for and received a large amount of Financial Aid, which made Whitman a very desirable option.

Graduation Year

2007

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Quality of Life

Housing very affordable and easy to find something close to school (within walking distance). Facilities are wonderful and I love love love our library. I still miss it! (sad, I realize) Crime was never really an issue and I always felt safe when walking on campus late at night even when I was alone. There's an escort service you can call if you feel unsafe at any time, but in my four years I never felt so threatened that I needed to use it. The neighborhood is great - lots of cute places to eat and coffee shops to study at.

Admissions

Application, Essays, Optional Interview. Great scholarship opportunities, both financially based and merit based.

Graduation Year

2008

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

We have distribution requirements and every student takes the two semester encounters class. Most students have a senior thesis and all seniors have senior seminars, and a combination orals, writtens, and other exams. 20% of students do research for professors in all different departments and this is all for undergraduate students. Professors have office hours, but they also hand out email and phone numbers to contact at any time. Facutly have high expectations for students and most professors make their students work for their grades. Work load depends on department/class, but generally high.

Quality of Life

You must live on campus for two years, but 75% of students live on campus for all four years. The facilities on campus are amazing, and most of the buildings on campus have been recently built or recently renovated. There are lots of housing options some actual houses that still provide tight student communities. There are lots of opportunities to participate in community life whether it be from the local market, the whitman mentoring, college coaches, and other activities that encourage community/college interactions. Because whitman is a small school it has a very close and tight-knit community that is not only present within its student body, but also within its faculty.

Admissions

You must have a hand graded essay from an english teacher, a special essay on diversity, personal interviews are recommended although phone interviews are also made.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2012

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Quality of Life

An incredible community! Whitman requires students to live on campus for the first two years, though most live on or near campus all four. The small campus houses a 24-hour library and includes free printing and free laundry in dorms. Based in a small community in Eastern Washington, the College supports and encourages students to interact with Walla Walla in positive ways through community service and active engagement. As a student, I felt safe anywhere on campus though appreciated the option of having campus security there to walk me home if needed. This place was idyllic!

Admissions

Common app school with supplemental essays. Two early decision rounds (november and january). Merit and need-based financial aid. interviews highly recommended.

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

There is a year-long "core" course required of all freshman. This class is taught by general faculty and provides an overview of important works of fiction and non-fiction throughout history. Class sizes are limited to 15 students in the core course and it is very writing intensive and aimed to stimulate critical thinking. Beyond Core, there are a variety of general requirements - a certain amount of math/science, etc. - but I don't remember them being that hard to fulfill or taking up too much time. It's relatively easy to get into the courses you need for your major and professors are very accessible and accommodating about making sure you can complete requirements. Honestly, the most difficult classes to get into are the electives for non-majors in particularly interesting subjects (e.g. astronomy) - sometimes you have to wait until junior or senior year if you're dead set on being in one of those courses.
Class sizes are very small and there are very few large lecture courses (and honestly, even the size of these "large" courses is smaller than you'd find at a lot of schools, more like 70-80 students than 300). Classes are very discussion-based on grade as much (or more) on writing and critical thinking than tests (although this would depend in part on the subject).
Students are very collaborative, as are faculty, and there is a great sense of community and support both for academics and other interests. Study abroad opportunities are often advertised and easy to apply for and get. Grading is tough but fair in most classes.

Quality of Life

Everything was great. The campus is beautiful and dorms are good-sized. Food is quite good, especially for mass-produced dining hall fare and there are tons of cute places to go out to eat in Walla Walla (almost all within walking distance), especially the Taco Trucks! The library is open 24/7 as are all of the academic buildings, so there's always a place you can go to study, work on a computer, or print documents. The campus and surrounding area is very safe, and most upperclassmen easily find houses or apartments to rent within a few blocks of campus. Honestly, it's a GREAT place to live for 4 years, and the small town atmosphere just makes the campus feel like more of a community (and encourages a ton of fun activities and house parties to take place on campus).

Admissions

It was a while ago now, but I applied early decision and was very happy when I got admitted and didn't have to worry about applying to other schools. I think they put a bit more weight on essays and writing abilities and amount of honors courses taken than pure GPA or SAT scores. I'm not positive, however.

Graduation Year

2007

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

I found the academics at Whitman College to be extremely rigorous. The amount of reading and writing required for a non-science major was somewhat daunting. But it refined my thinking.

Quality of Life

Whitman College is located in Walla Walla, WA, which has a booming wine industry. The town has a unique charm. The housing and academic facilities are phenomenal. The school honestly runs like butter.

Admissions

Whitman College asked that I interview as part of my admissions process. I felt that they were interested in determining what type of intellectual I was.

Graduation Year

2006

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Distribution requirements are loose, and extremely easy to fulfill without straying from individual academic interests. Major requirements are all rigorous, but vary in number of credits between majors. All incoming students must take a designated introductory discussion course, but that is the only required class. Professors are extremely accessible, friendly, caring, and dedicated to student growth - intellectual and academic.

Whitman encourages students to excel as much as they can while still maintaining sound mental health. Whether that means doing 8+ hours of focused academic work per night or just 3, each student has a healthy balance of academic rigor, social life, and extracurriculars. Students at Whitman are ALWAYS busy doing things they are passionate about, and the real hurdle to overcome is finding the best balance between all aspects of college life.

Quality of Life

Fantastic.

Admissions

Common application with supplemental essays, graded paper submission, and interview.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Rigorous, flexible class options, required GMAT-style achievement test in major field of study before graduating, required thesis for most majors, variety of study abroad opportunities

Quality of Life

Rated happiest students in the country by Princeton Review

Admissions

Common Application plus unique questions and an essay submission, interviews

Graduation Year

2008

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Every student has an academic advisor on the faculty and all first-year resident dormitory sections have a Student Academic Advisor in addition to the Resident Assistant living alongside the first-year residents in the dorms, offering words of wisdom and academic guidance to first-years during the transition to college. The class sizes are small with significant interaction between the students and the professor. Professors are easily accessible and are eager to teach, both inside and outside of the class. This is the true essence of a liberal arts college. The academic work is rigorous and the expectations on students are high, but it's ultimately about learning, not about outshining your peers. The environment is collaborative. Students also routinely collaborate with faculty on research and scholarly endeavors. I believe that nearly half of the study body chooses to study abroad, usually during the third year.

Quality of Life

The quality of life and overall happiness at Whitman College is excellent. The community is engaging and extraordinarily friendly. Whitman is located in a beautiful college town, where the cost of living is inexpensive and it's easy to get around. The The Penrose Library is incredible, with ample study places catering to a variety of study style preferences, from silent reading rooms to separate group study rooms. Penrose Library is one of only a few college libraries that are available to students 24/7. For a study break, there is always some event happening at the student center.

Graduation Year

2006

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Academics are challenging but the school does everything in its power to help students succeed. Most professors know just how much to push students to make them learn but still love it.

Quality of Life

I'm happy and so is just about everyone else I talk to on campus.

Admissions

Whitman is selective but they look at the whole picture. Everything matters, not just test scores. It is possible to have a slightly lower SAT or ACT and still get in, but you must make up for it in other areas. Extracurriculars are a must. There are a lot of essays, but it is worth it if you get in.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

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