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Reviews 283 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Senior

Diversity: The college is really putting an emphasis on improving diversity and they have done a great job bringing in a lot of international students. However, with some exceptions, the international students seem to form cliques really easily and they don't integrate with the rest of the student body very much. Also, the majority of Whitties come from relatively affluent backgrounds and it can be frustrating to explain to people why you have to work 20+ hrs/week in order to pay for college.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Always Construction on Campus – In the seven semesters I've been here, there has always been at least one building under construction. In the last few years, we've gotten a new athletic center, art building, theatre, and several of the academic building have been remodeled. The dorms are the least up-to date buildings on campus but they are still pretty good.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – There is tons of off-campus housing within a few blocks of campus. Quite a few off-campus houses are closer to classrooms than several of the dorms. Rent is not a whole lot cheaper than living on campus in the dorms but you save a TON of money on food not having to be on the meal plan. The cheapest houses go fast so its not common for groups of people to start securing houses a year or more before they plan to move in.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Library is open 24 hours and is very helpful. The gym is outstanding. There is a huge rockwall, a swimming pool, a theater for plays. The campus is very pretty.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at Whitman College are nice. I can always find an open computer when I need one and have never had problems with any computers. We get free printing up to a certain amount of paper also. I do like having my own laptop though.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Honestly, I don't get off campus too much, but when I do the local residents are friendly. The thing that I like to do most off campus is go out to eat with friends. There are some great restaurants in downtown Walla Walla.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best Time of My Life! This school is as great as it sounds. People focus on academics and make schoolwork a priority but aren't afraid to take a break and have fun. While the location may seem isolating, it helps to foster the strong community that is one of most striking features at the school. Students are actively involved in campus life and work hard to make the school the best it can be. Only downsides I've noticed are the lack of diversity and the gossipy nature of some people because the school is so small.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Fun, Even If a Little Old. Some of the freshman dorms seem older on the inside than some of the others, but none of these differences are substantial. Jewett is the most social while Prentiss and Lyman are definitely quieter. I'm in Anderson and I love it! It's a good balance of providing a solid social life but still being able to study and have peace and quiet when you want it.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Choose to Act Responsibly – With regards to alcohol, Whitman's policy basically boils down to this: you are an adult and can make your own decisions. It is against the law to drink if you are under 21 years of age, but if you do decide to drink, do it responsibly.
In cases where drinking gets out of hand, Whitman never hesitates to step in and make sure that the drinker and the students surrounding the drinker are safe. While Whitman encourages students to make their own decisions and recognize the consequences behind those decisions, Whitman never hesitates to step in immediately if things get out of hand.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facility I love most on the Whitman College campus is our 24-7 library. We have access to thousands of books at all hours, almost every day from August-May and also have access to other libraries in the US and internationally.
The campus itself is very well-kept and extremely green. I have never had an experience where I felt that that campus was dirty or unsafe.
Whitman brings a lot of music bands, speakers, and authors to campus and the student association is excellent at scheduling activites. Though there is not a lot to do off-campus, there is always something going on on-campus. I have personally never felt like the College wasn't offering me a wide enough variety of activities to choose from.
We have a state-of-the-art gym and excellent sports facilities. Though I am not very familiar with the sports side of campus, I have only heard our athletes rave about our facilities.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Don't need one, but easier if you do – Lots of people take notes with that archaic -- what's it called -- pen and paper method. Some use their laptops, but the vast majority students take in-class notes with their trusty ballpoint pen or mechanical pencil and a pad of paper. For homework, having your own computer helps. There are 4 computer labs on campus that are open 24/7 and they loan out laptops to students for several hours at a time. You can save documents to the network and access them from any point on the campus. My computer is about to die, and I'm probably going to end up waiting for cheaper prices on laptops before buying a new one and just using what Whitman has to offer.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the best – Rooms are spacious, have big windows, nice furniture, and generally lots of storage. On top of that, there's a lot of diversity in terms of on-campus housing options. Within the residence halls, there are lots of doubles, singles, triples all over campus based on where you want to live. Some are in suite format. Other options include the Interest House Community (IHC) and Tamarac House, an outdoor-themed house.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone Is Doing It – Roughly 75% of students play on a sports team (either varsity, club, or intramural, but oftentimes multiple). Our programs aren't like Duke Men's Basketball, Stanford Women's Volleyball, or Alabama Football, but that doesn't mean they don't have good seasons (to be fair/honest/accurate, some teams have losing seasons and others don't). Our student-athletes also aren't a bunch of airheads roaming around campus that nobody knows or has any classes with. They'll sit next to you in class, ask questions that further the discussion, live in your residence hall, and be your friend. There isn't some exclusive athlete culture that is divorced from everybody else. IM sports are awesome- if you've never played soccer in your life or you've been playing for 12 years, everyone will want you on their team. IM sports are inclusive, competitive, and fun. They're about learning the game, having a good time, and being with friends. Women's flag football is probably the biggest IM season every year, but we also have things like IM ultimate frisbee, IM dodgeball, basketball, soccer, softball, etc. Athletic facilities are some of the nicest buildings on campus; super accessible, well maintained, and they have great hours.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Better Than Most – There are three main dining halls on campus. Jewett and Prentiss are buffet-style and Reid campus center's Cafe 66 is a place where you can order food (burgers, pizza, or a stir fry dish of some sort) and they'll cook it for you. Our catering service, Bon Apetit, is committed to serving healthy, balanced meals that come from locations as close as possible and that were ethically grown. Plenty of vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free options for those who need or choose them. There are sometimes dishes that aren't particularly enjoyable, but it's rare that all the food in one dining hall will be bad. Most meals have one really good dish and the rest are above average. Menus are posted online, so you can always search out and see where you want to go if you're a picky eater.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Difficult, Engaging, and Interesting – Whitman professors do everything they can to make classes interesting, engaging, thoughtful, and occasionally entertaining. They're incredibly smart, passionate, and dedicated to their students - they are extremely accessible. There is no lag period between coming to Whitman and being engaged in academics. As soon as you get here, you'll be writing papers, thinking critically, doing experiments in lab and for group projects, perhaps even going to the roof of the science building to look through our on-campus telescope (we have another huge one north of campus), or taking soil chemical measurements for your plants in the rooftop greenhouse. You'll be working hard, but you'll also be working with your peers and under the watchful eye of your professors who are there for anything if you ever need them.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You'll never want to leave Whitman. I'm just a freshmen and already it makes me sad to think that I won't get to go here anymore in four years. I never want to leave. Great friends. Great professors. Great opportunities. Great everything. You'll come away with lifelong friends, whether they be students, professors or general college staff. And you'll be so excited for your reunions so you can get back to good ol' Walla Walla.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Houses to Rent Galore - and They're So Cute! Most people live off campus junior and senior year. Why? Because there's always housing available that's reasonably priced, super close to campus and cute. Most houses are tradiationally rented to Whitman students so they are setup perfectly for college kids all living together, have names and personalities based on the type of people who tend to live in the house and are just overall nice.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Better Than Expected (It Is a College Dining Hall After All) – Tons of vegan/vegetarian options. Lots of variety, but the usual stuff too if you're in the mood for that. Great meal plans available. Compared to the other colleges, the dining halls are so much better here.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Open 24/7. Bean bag chairs. Lap desks. PCs and Macs galore (so there's always ones open to use). Tons of movies that you can check out along with books. A sorta secret 4th floor. A cafe in the bottom floor. A quiet room in which you are required to be quiet - so if you want to be loud you can just be in another room, but if you want to study/read quietly, or sleep, you can there! What more could you want? I'd live there if I could...and the thing is, I easily could (and live well at that).

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fun Intramurals, Generally Unsuccessful Varsity – The intramural sports at Whitman are a big hit among students. Flag football seems to be the favorite. The sports/recreation classes are also very popular and well-liked by students. However, the varsity sports (with the exception of highly successful tennis and basketball teams) tend to do very poorly.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Whitman puts forth much effort to create a diverse student body, but students are typically fairly similar in terms of demographic and diversity data. Most are white, liberal, athletic, and from Washington or Oregon.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging and Useful – The academics at Whitman are a great balance between challenging and fascinating. There are large differences in class difficulty and enjoyment, but most classes have very interesting and intelligent professors who truly care about their students. The small community makes class discussions great.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Fairly Generous – Whitman will give scholarships to those who need it, but are often hesitant to do so. The college also seems to favor athletes in many cases, which is absurd for a Division III school.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Irrelevant for Most – Most students at Whitman do not have cars so parking is not an issue for these students. For students fortunate enough to have a car on campus, there are generally enough good spots for them. Even when there are not good spots, there are always SOME spots for students to park.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great! Whitman students are lucky to live in the dorms they live in. The dorms vary a lot among residence halls, but many have divided double rooms that are fairly large (Lyman and Prentiss). Some students prefer to sacrifice room quality for a more social living setting (Jewett), but either choice tends to leave students happy with where they lived. I rarely find someone who did not like his/her freshman dorm room.

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Though Whitman has had its ups and downs, overall, most students have absolutely loved it and feel there is no possible college better for them. Many warn that it does take some adjusting (especially with Walla Walla being less metropolitan than what some are used to), but of course, that’s a large part of what college itself is, no matter where you are. At Whitman, it’s challenging to adjust to the environment; if you find something drastically contrasting to what you’re accustomed to before college, perhaps more so than it would be at other schools closer to larger cities. In general, most students have found they need to make a larger adjustment of some kind to Whitman’s environment, but most have loved their experiences once they found a comfortable niche.

Many seniors find it difficult to leave Whitman because of the bonds they create with people there, be it with students or professors. Whitman also has a very strong and supportive network of alumni, which is indicative of the bond many people have with Whitman. Several students feel they’ve grown in many positive ways by being put through the challenges of Whitman, and all in all, wouldn’t change their experiences there for the world. It’s said to be a unique and special place, unlike any environment most students have ever been in, and many think it will be difficult to leave when graduation comes. The people really make the school, and are some of the most thoughtful, well-spoken, humorous, and genuine people you’ll find anywhere.

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