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4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent Personal Attention from Anthro Profs – The Anthropology department is fairly small here, but that allows for greater personal relationships between the majors and their advisors. Students focusing on paleo- or archaeological aspect of anthropology have opportunities multiple times throughout the year to go on excavation digs with one of the professors; other professors take their major advisees on research trips during the summer for academic credit an an opportunity to be trained in ethnography while helping with the professor's own independent research. It's a closely-knit department, definitely.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Good Party Options – There are a few bars frequented by students 21 and over, but it is mostly house parties. There are plenty of big dance parties at the frats and off campus houses on the weekends if that is what you're looking for. Many also choose to party with friends in their rooms'. Whitman promotes responsible decision making which means, its your choice to drink or not, and as long as you don't get out of control they are pretty relaxed about room parties.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Convenient Housing – Because Whitman is so small you don't have to look far for off campus housing, most are within a few blocks. Prices are also very reasonable because of Walla Walla's small size. As for parking, it is uncommon to have to park more than a block from wherever you want to go.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Whitman's campus is very safe. Other than the occasional bike theft there is almost no crime, and that is usually because people get careless and stop locking up their bikes. The health facilities are great, the health center is open 24 hours and is very accessible.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Whitman has been an amazing experience, and I truly love it. Here, everyone finds a balance between social life and academic life, so no one particularly feels out of place for studying too much or socializing too much. Everyone plays hard, but also works hard as well. Everyone is kind, friendly, and it is easy to make friends. I love Whitman.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: During the weekdays, the nightlife in terms of parties are non-existent, because students are generally studying or hanging out very low-key. During this time, there are usually lectures to go to, as well as events put on by WEB. For instance, last week, the "love doctor" came to visit and afterwards, a mixing session took place. On the weekends, there are parties as well as alternative events, such as open-mic nights and simply hanging out in your own dorm. This upcoming Friday, a residence hall is putting on a party titled "Rave in the Pit." There's always something to do.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Halls – Whitman College has three dining halls: Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman. My favorite dining hall to eat at is Prentiss, because it has a very nice selection for vegetarians. I feel that Prentiss also tends to have a healthier selection for food as well. However, I really like the layout of Jewett's dining hall: very long tables that allows space for big groups to eat at without fear of having to separate. Also, if you're very craving for burgers, Jewett tends to have them weekly. Lyman is a very great dining hall if you're going with a small group of friends, because it allows you to really chat and hear what others are saying. It's a small and intimate setting. If you have a busy schedule or are thinking of going on a date, the Reid Campus Center is the way to go. It sells burgers, pizzas, and the special of the week (ex: Taste of Sicily). Generally, if you get tired of the dining hall, Reid is where your normally go to.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Made the Right Choice – I love Whitman. Seriously, this school is awesome. I was completely thrown off when I visited because it was not at all what I expected. I didn't really have that "this is the place" feeling during any of the my college tours, and while I can't say for sure that's how I felt when I visited Whitman, I immediately felt comfortable and at home. And that feeling has continued. I came to Whitman in January, after the freshmen all had a semester to get acclimated, and I was worried it was going to be hard for me to fit in and make friends. I was completely wrong. This is an incredibly friendly campus. You feel like you know everyone and anywhere you go you know people or meet people. I'm in my junior year and am continually meeting awesome people that I'm surprised I never met before. Whenever I'm in a bad mood, simply walking across campus with the overwhelming amount of smiles, hi's, and friend waves can cheer me up in a second. I'm so happy I made the right choice to come here.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: A Great Variety – Although Whitman isn't known for its athletics, we have a great variety of sports and ways to be a part of athletics. We are D III and don't have a football team, so we don't tend to have the big school fanaticism around athletics. But our soccer, basketball, volleyball, swim, and tennis teams are incredible. Home games are definitely fun to go to and many of the teams are consistent conference champions. Other than varsity, we have a great variety of club teams (rugby, lacrosse, skiing, ultimate frisbee, cycling, volleyball, tennis,...). My favorite part of Whitman athletics is intramural sports. Something like 70% of Whitman students play IM sports. IM sports run year round and there's something for everyone. I play flag football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. We also have basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, dodgeball, and mini-golf.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Suprisingly Good – Walla Walla is a pretty small town, but the options to eat off campus are great overall. The Walla Walla valley is known for it's wine (think of the Napa of Washington state), making downtown dining a highlight. The variety isn't impressive and some restaurants are pricey. However, the restaurants that are good are very good. My parents love coming to visit me because of the really great restaurants in Walla Walla (plus the wine!). Besides fast food, there is very little available late at night.

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.

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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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