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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

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

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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

1 required class, "Core", that the entire freshman class takes. Several distribution requirements across disciplines, major study, and credit requirements. Classes are generally small (40 is considered quite large) and are taught by full professors. You get to know the faculty really well; they are generally extremely friendly and want their students to do well and enjoy classes. People at Whitman are generally interested in working hard and passionate about what they study. It's a really great learning environment.

Quality of Life

Whitman students live on campus for 2 years, and then can live off campus for their junior and senior years. Because Walla Walla is such a small town, life revolves around campus. Almost everyone participates in something, be it a sorority, IM football (which is huge on campus, and so much fun), drama, student government, the newspaper, sports teams, or a club that they create themselves. The library is also open 24/7 for people who need to study :). The food is also quite good, and Bon Appetit (the food company) has made a big commitment to being environmentally friendly.

Graduation Year

2010

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

The only required class is Encounters (an introductory course for first years that develops college writing skills), but there are distribution requirements that are pretty easy to fulfill. Average class size is 15, and the student-professor ratio is 10:1. All students get pre-major advisers, and once you declare you pick an adviser in your major field. Professors have office hours and you can always email them or set up appointments outside of their normal hours. They're super accessible and helpful - especially if you're having trouble with a paper, etc. Workload depends on course load, but is definitely manageable if you take the standard load (15 credits). Academic competitiveness doesn't really exist; no one steals textbooks or compares grades or anything. Professors trust us, and often leave the room during tests and exams. 48% of students study abroad (usually in junior year and usually for a semester, but there are year long programs and you can stack two different semester programs). There are also domestic programs (Chicago, Philly, DC) and summer abroad programs. About 20% of students do research with faculty. One of my friends is going to Sweden this summer with a professor to research pollen (and it will count towards her Bio degree), and another got paid to go to Argentina with a professor and research culture and language. She even got published with her professor - as an undergraduate student.

Quality of Life

Dorms are great - really big rooms, section lounges with kitchens, bathrooms, and study rooms. Each hall also has a basement with a tv lounge, rec room, summer storage, and bike storage. We complain about the dining halls, but they're way better than most other places we visited during college trips. Location is mostly residential, so it is super safe. There is a supermarket about a 5 minutes walk away, and Main Street (with a record store, toy shop, candy shop, and tons of great (and cheap!) eateries) is similarly close. Community relations are really good as Whitman does a lot of community service programs within the community. The only bone of contention comes from college aged townies who get mad when they aren't allowed into frat parties.

Admissions

Common Application plus an additional supplement including unique application questions and essays. Early action and regular decision options available, as well as need-based and merit financial aid.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

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

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

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

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