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Reviews 505 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had a very difficult time receiving financial aid for my school. My dad is a periodontist and generally makes a fare enough of money, however the cost of the school being 50,000 dollars a year is extremely expensive for any person in general. Because we didn't receive much financial aid, I feel guilty about going to whitman, and I feel like that is not the right emotion to feel about a school.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Greek Life Parties – I am a member of the delta gamma sorority, and as a freshman I am under the drinking age. Typically college parties consist of drinking games, but the functions on my campus make it a comfortable environment and provide alternate drinks for those who do not consume alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Over All Safety – I have never felt unsafe on whitman's campus. There are only 1,400 students which creates a great environment. Every one respects each other, and the people that attend school generally look out for each other. We have a green dot program which emphasizes student responsibility when seeing potentially unsafe behavior between two other students.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Generally Pretty Mild – The campus is small enough for weather to not be a huge issue. Fall is crisp, cool and autumn color wonderful. Winter is dark and colder but classes and dorms are (over)heated so the cold isn't a huge issue unless you're accustomed to a significantly warmer climate.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Walk Down Main Street. There are a surprising number of restaurants and charming cafes in downtown Walla Walla (within walking distance from Reid Campus Center). Try any of the coffee shops (especially Coffee Perk), Pita Pit, or Sweet Basil Pizzeria for cheap delicious food. If you want a more upscale, more expensive, and all around richer experience, try Olive, the Patisserie or even Macarone's. If fresh produce is what you crave, go to the Farmer's Market on weekends until late October.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Thoughat first glance whitman may seem to be all upper-middle class white yuppies if you look you can find plenty of diversity. There seem to be a fair number of international students that greatly help with the grade.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Still Loving It – Though the big price tag and difficult academics can get you down, the Whitman Community is really a joy to be a part of. We all complain about the food and registration, but when I and my friends consider how little time left we have here, we get really sad.

4 College Junior

Administration: Responsibility Is Rewarded – Like most colleges, freshman at Whitman receive a drug and alcohol talk during orientation. In the presentation (and in policy), drug use is strongly discouraged but for alcohol use, the school chooses to promote responsibility, rather than fight the uphill battle for complete abstinence. As a result more students go for help if they or a friend is in trouble due to alcohol use. I can also quote several people in one floor of the "party dorm" who still used the sheets we were given (they had charts outlining blood alcohol level and resulting symptoms) in the presentation months previous to provide a safe limit for themselves. Local police allow Whitman to deal with students as they see fit but will put a damper on any party gone out of hand or student that's flaunting underage drinking (ex. displaying beer bottles in their dorm window.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We're More of an Academic School...Except Not. I wouldn't say that sports are a big deal at Whitman, I think our Debate Team is the only team still in existence that's received national recognition. That said, I'd say most people here are pretty active. Almost every Wednesday there's a pick up game at soccer and most people have been on an ultimate frisbee team at some point. Forming touch football teams is particularly popular in the fall and the theater department has it's own (highly eclectic) softball team. Facilities (Sherwood athletic center) are brand new as of last year and include a sauna for varsity and club sport members. I'm only involved in fencing, but I find myself well supported by the school (perhaps because I wave around a pointy metal thing).

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone's down to earth and ready to chill. A lot of the campus is Greek, including myself, which is really fun!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Bon App – There are so many options on campus where you want to eat, when you want to eat, and how you want to eat. The college does a great job getting vegan and vegetarian views into the menu. The only thing I have a hard time with are the hours of operation for dining halls. They don't stay open for student athletes after practices.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Perk – There is a coffee shop in downtown Walla Walla named Coffee Perk that serves great coffee and overs a great place for young and old to gather around equally. It is just as much a local's spot as a student's!

1 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Not Much Going on. Not much is going on socially or academically at Whitman College. There are some cool opportunities for those interested in Environmental Studies, but not much happening for everyone else. Many students study abroad and have great experiences. Going abroad is probably the only interesting thing Whitman can help you do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Easy to Find and Rent. Most students I know of have no problem finding off-campus housing close to campus and find the prices to be fair and manageable. There are lots of really awesome old houses for rent around campus. Don't get excited if you are a first year won't be allowed to move off campus for two years.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I moved out of the dorms after a few weeks of living there. Compared to other schools, the rooms are huge and well furnished, but the cleanliness of common areas and bathrooms left something to be desired. Also the lack of air conditioning was unbearable. Walla Walla had 100+ summers.

3 College Senior

Transportation: everything is pretty decent. not great, but not bad

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The athletics centers here are awesome. Whitman just built a 20 million dollar facility

3 College Senior

Technology: the computers at Whitman are pretty average for the most part. Printing on campus is pretty easy and is the network is not to bad. WHitman is connected to wireless access

College Senior

Overall Experience: Whitman's not just school. My professors are accessible and brilliant, my class sizes small, and the facilities—the labs, gyms, library, and classrooms—are all top notch. But the Whitman experience has been so much more than that. My overall experience includes trips with geology professors to the Columbia River Gorge; rock climbing neighboring ranges on the weekends with people I've only just met; backpacking in the beautiful Wallowa wilderness; tutoring community members in a literacy program through the College; enjoying speakers like Salman Rushdie and Marjane Satrapi and bands like Girl Talk, U.S.E., and Talk Demonic for free; planning summer volunteering in Guatemala; and having all of the resources and support necessary to start a second literary magazine on campus and create real and lasting change. I've found that if one has the initiative, everything is possible at Whitman, and everyone here helps everyone else succeed. You don't see intense competition between students but rather collaboration among the student body, faculty, and staff. We all know each others' faces, and I've found so much passion and good humor in the student body here that, frankly, I didn't see matched anywhere else that I visited in my extensive college search a few years back. Though it took me a little while to start loving the small town feel of Walla Walla (sure, we don't have as much great shopping as NYC or Seattle, but we do have great wineries, excellent food, beautiful wheatfields, café owners who know you by name, multiple open mics nights within a few blocks of campus each week...), it's hard to imagine leaving. That's probably why there are a large number of alumni who come to visit Whitman or to speak here on campus about the incredible life experiences and jobs they have had after graduating from Whitman.

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Guys & Girls: Most Whitties are actually pretty attractive—it's a very athletic campus. A lot of the more attractive guys end up in frats or in the OP group, but you can still go out with people from any group, regardless of your affiliation. Also, it's great in the summer, early fall, and late spring when people hang out on Ankeny without shirts.

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College Sophomore

Transportation: On one hand, transportation isn't really around, but on the other hand, nobody ever needs it. It isn't like U of W where the campus is miles long. Everything you need is within a five-block radius. It is easy to transport yourself everywhere, and it costs nothing.

College Student

Health & Safety: There seems to be more crime on campus this year than in the past, mostly as a result of townies harrassing students at night or stealing from dorms. However, the dorms are now only accessible with a student ID to swipe in, and there seem to be more security guards on duty on weekends. I've still never felt I needed to lock my room. Pretty much everyone leaves stuff in the library unattended (laptops, purses, books), and I haven't heard of any problems with that. If you walk with someone at night, it's really not a huge deal, and I've always felt very safe on campus.

College Student

Health & Safety: Campus is small, and the alcohol and drug policies are very lenient. However, there have been a lot of thefts (of bicycles and belongings in unlocked rooms) and a few muggings recently, and some have complained that there is inadequate street lighting and security staff.

College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are some very good, but expensive restaurants. Other than that, there aren't many good inexpensive places. I would recommend Pho Sho, which is a bit of a walk but cheap and quite good. There is also a good farmer's market, with local produce.

College Student

Health & Safety: Whitman feels like a very safe campus. There have been reports of small thefts, but if you lock your door and keep an eye on your stuff the thefts can easily be avoided. Whitman also has a security center that you can call if you want an escort to walk you home.


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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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