Academics

Location
Walla Walla, WA
Undergrads
1,500
Tuition
$41,790
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: As almost all liberal arts colleges pride themselves in small class size and student-teacher relations, Whitman is no exception. But, unlike some schools, Whitman toots its horn truthfully. Professors are extremely available to students, and honor their office hours. Additionally, each student has a major adviser of their choosing who is always there to help, especially in terms of academic planning, workload, and registration. Professors are not overloaded with student population, so every Whittie gets both the academic and personal attention they need.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm part of the Economics Department and they use a lot of computer programs for statistical evidence. Many assignments are done online instead of putting them down on paper. The people who teach in these fields are very accomplished in their particular study if it is micro to marco or even stats.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a chem major and it IS the hardest major on campus. There is a lot of support that comes from the professors and they are a group of people. the research opportunities are fairly good for a small campus and if you don't find one on campus the professors help you search for one off campus. the workload is hard and it can be sometimes frustrating to realize that there isn't a lot of flexibility in my schedule becomes certain required classes are only taught during certain semesters.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: the professors are GREAT!!! they are always available to answer questions and they are legitimately interested in the students. registration sucks, but most of the classes are interesting (and whitman is a small school). I do however wish there was just a bit more variety. the workload is challenging but the students appreciate that. and the study areas that are available are really nice and varied (the library is fantastic).

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Pretty Great – Whitman is a really strong school academically speaking. While there are limited varieties of a single overarching major due to the size and location of the school, the professors are in general really helpful and willing to help you pursue what you're interested in, whether there's a specific major/minor or not.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 21st
    Smartest Professors
  • 53rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 128th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 159th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Rasmussen
Hometown
Salem, Ore.
Major
Politics
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Whitman encourages the exploration of academic diversity through its distribution requirements, according to students. These allow students to explore interests and discover new ones, consequentially finding their focus. The distribution categories allow for an eclectic mix by requiring the following: six credits in “alternative voices,” six credits in the social sciences, six credits in the humanities, six credits in the fine arts, six credits in the sciences, one lab credit, one quantitative analysis course, and Encounters, the full-year core course required for all first-years. Encounters could be best described as a blend of literature, politics, and philosophy.

Experiences can depend, of course, on what your personal interests are and what classes you take, but most students find their courses interesting and engaging, primarily because of their professors. Across the board, Whitman students name their professors as the greatest strength of Whitman academics and applaud them for their passion, knowledge, and care for the individuals in their classes. Professors are insanely intelligent, too, and 98 percent of tenure track faculty holds a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree in their field. Students consider Whitman to be a comfortable environment in which to discuss all facets of academia, and they generally find their professors to be approachable both in and out of the classroom. The faculty makes a genuine effort to get to know the students, although the small student-faculty ratio (10:1) probably makes it easier to learn names. It’s never uncommon for students to dine in professors’ homes, to watch course-related films together, or to just socialize with other students in their department.
 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
151
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
65
Total FT Faculty
165
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$71,616
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Graduation Rate
87%
Programs/Majors Offered
48
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 73%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 26%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Maxey Hall
  • Penrose Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open to meeting people outside your dorm and section. Make friends through an outside activity, be it the Pioneer, the radio station, religious activities, or the juggling club.
  • Get to know lots of people-keep this varied group of friends and make an effort to hang out with all sorts of people.
  • Get to know your professors because they are amazing people. Go to their office hours, and they will help you and give you ideas and suggestions. They treat you with a lot of respect and deserve some in return.
  • If you're waitlisted for a class, go talk to the prof in person.
  • Make a schedule for your work and stick to it.
  • Pick your classes for the profs, not necessarily for the subjects. It could help you discover something new, and it's a surefire way to know that it will be a good class.
  • Sign up for a lot of classes, go to them all, and then really decide what you want to take.
  • Take a variety of classes and have an open mind about your major.
  • Try to figure out your major freshman year so you can spend your time wisely with the classes you take for the next three years.
Did You Know?
  • Whitman College offers over 40 majors and combined programs.
  • Whitman offers five-year programs affiliated with such schools as Columbia, the University of Washington, and Duke.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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