Local Atmosphere

Location
Walla Walla, WA
Undergrads
1,500
Tuition
$41,790
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A bit of Whittie v. 'townie' culture.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Walla Walla is a small town with not much outside of it. There is plenty to do both on and off campus so it isn't usually a problem, but if you're used to a big city/a lot of shopping options it'll be an adjustment. Food and shopping is great quality but there isn't a large variety.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I really love the small town atmosphere in Whitman. There are so many small shops around and the people are really friendly. The only thing I dislike is that everything closes pretty early. The town really does grow on you even if you are from a big city.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Walla Walla is a cute little town, which means that most things close around 6pm. The restaurants are good and there is a great goodwill where a lot of students go to get crazy costumes for the multiple events that we hold on campus. Whitman also has a fantastic outdoor network/shop. its not hard to find someone willing to go for a day hike or camping, and the area is beautiful for it (so is the weather, almost always sunny).

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Walla Walla is a small town with a small-town atmosphere. If you can't afford to go out to dinner, then you probably won't leave the Whitman campus much.

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Sara Rasmussen
Hometown
Salem, Ore.
Major
Politics
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In terms of the adequacy of the local atmosphere, it definitely depends on what you’re looking for and what satisfies you in an environment. Seeing as how Whitman’s in Walla Walla, also known as the “boonies” or the “middle of nowhere,” it seems that most students consider the local atmosphere, for the most part, to be pretty quiet and limited and also focused on more outdoor activities. There are a few places to go that are entertaining—the movie theater, local restaurants and the wheat fields, for example. Walla Walla residents are pretty divided when it comes to how they feel about Whitman College; some say “thank goodness for Whitman for bringing a more liberal perspective,” while far more feel that the campus creates too much noise and trouble for the charm and quiet of Walla Walla. The town’s small size does seem to limit the local atmosphere and its ability to provide a diversity of culture. Though Walla Walla is also home to Walla Walla University (a Seventh Day Adventist school) and Walla Walla Community College, not much socializing goes on between these schools and Whitman.

Although Walla Walla is small, it does offer lovely attractions, especially in its natural beauty. If you’re someone who loves exploring the outdoors and appreciates nature, this school is very ideally located. From rock-climbing to star-gazing, it’s all possible in or around the town. Overall, the consensus seems to be this: be prepared for a small-town feel and less variety than a metropolitan area, but all in exchange for the closeness of nature.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. "Walla Walla," of Native American origin, means "many waters" because of the many streams that ran through the area.
  2. Whitman isn't the only campus in Walla Walla, which is also home to Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College.
  3. Every May, Walla Walla also hosts the annual Balloon Stampede, where the fairgrounds are overtaken with hot air balloons for several days.
  4. Walla Walla has 17 public city parks, and an aviary that encompasses over 600 acres of grass and trees, playgrounds, trails, and pools.
  5. There are more than 35 wineries and more than 1,000 acres of vineyards in the area.
Notable Natives
  • Marion Bauer
  • Drew Bledsoe
  • Connor Trinneer
  • Adam West
Points of Interest
  • Farmers' market
  • Local wheat fields
  • Local wineries
  • Pioneer Park
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown on Main Street
  • Tri-Cities
Movie Theaters
Grand Cinemas
1390 W Poplar St.
Walla Walla
(509) 527-5222
Major Sports Teams
None:
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Seattle: WA: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Spokane: WA: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 60% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 67% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 27% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 7% Totally.

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