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2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The course load at Whitman is both demanding and fulfilling, with a series of distribution requirements outside of the major, as well as required classes within each students major. The professors are always accessible, and are always more than happy to provide help outside of classes. To this end, the college creates an environment which demands excellence from its students, but not without giving them the tools to succeed as well. Grading is fair, but hard, and is an accurate reflection of the amount of work a student puts into a class. Whitman also has a phenomenal study abroad program, which allows students to spend a semester or more in various locations, all while still earning Whitman credits for classes. The English program at Whitman, which is my area of study, is particularly excellent, and is a large part of the reason for my coming to Whitman. (On that note, I find it very troubling that this survey doesn't have English as a valid option. I was forced to put "other".)

Quality of Life

The housing at Whitman is great (I have never seen better dorm rooms anywhere I have visited), as is the campus itself. As such, both academic and non-academic buildings are well maintained, and a joy to work and live in. The library in particular is phenomenal, and is open 24 hours a day, something which most colleges don't offer (at least in my college touring experiences, which were fairly extensive). Meals are provided by Bon Appetit, and are exceptionally well done: the food at Whitman is actually enjoyable to eat, and there are a plethora of dining options, so the food never gets old. The campus feels homey, and is, in my perception, very safe: I have never heard of anything bad happening to a student on campus. Overall quality of life: great. This is a wonderful place to live, and I can safely say that the student body is an extremely happy one.

Admissions

Whitman uses the Common Application, and has both early decision 1 and 2. (I applied early decision 1).

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Strenuous!

Quality of Life

Beautiful environment. High quality of life overall.

Admissions

all of the above

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is one required class-Encounters. In it your read, discuss and analyze a variety of texts from the novel Beloved to the Communist Manifesto to the Bible. There are also distribution requirements that students are required to complete before graduation, All this into is online at whitman.edu

Quality of Life

The library is open 24/7. The residence halls form great communities, and the food is great. Students who go to Whitman generally love the atmosphere and people.

Admissions

Whitman has an early decision application and a regular application, unless they change it there will be a diversity essay prompt and a "Why Whitman?" prompt.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

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