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Reviews 325 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

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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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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most of everyone I knew at Whitman during my first year was white, from the Pacific Northwest, and upper middle class. Most students are very pretentious in nature (and they sure know it and show it!). Most Whitties are vegetarians/vegans, faithful to their Birkenstocks, and are hardcore outdoorsmen and boozers. If this doesn't describe you, it will be EXTREMELY difficult to form lasting friendships. I was immediately dismissed as a potential friend to most people here due to the fact that I am from Los Angeles and am not a green, democratic "treehugger." If you are different from the majority, you will stick out like a sore thumb and spend many dinners in the dining hall alone.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Whitman first grabbed my interest when I heard about the passionate professors and small class sizes (and the academic quality at this school proved to be SO intriguing that I even left sunny Southern California to enroll!). After spending a year here, I think it is fair to say that ALL of my classes (even the dull subjects) were spectacular. The professors are all incredibly passionate, very accessible, and helpful. Most classes are discussion-based, which is a great way to connect with classmates. If you really put great effort into your coursework here (which sometimes means turning down a TKE party to put that extra ounce of enthusiasm into that art history paper), you will not be disappointed: you will have gained extensive knowledge and priceless writing skills applicable to all subject areas.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: As an independent, I enjoyed my interaction with the Greek life on campus because it's not too in your face. It's an inclusive community and I rarely felt left out or ostracized for being independent. Greek housing seems to be fun if you're in a fraternity, but not a necessary component. I think the options make the Whitman community stronger because there's less separation between independents and Greeks.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: So Whitman has had the nickname "White man College." Who cares? Personally, as an Asian student, I really don't care the color of your skin, I care about your CULTURE. Skin color DOES NOT equal culture. Whitman has a lot of individuals from very different backgrounds culturally and economically and in terms of political beliefs, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation, but that's not emphasized as well as it could.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: LIVE OFF-CAMPUS – It's WAAAYYYYYY cheaper than staying an extra two years on campus. Watch out for certain landlords, though the majority are relatively fair. If you choose to live just a block further, it'll be cheaper, but you probably want to stay away from Rosaccs, it's not the safest area.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Greek Life – I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, one of the sororities at our school. Though we are most definitely not a typical sorority, many do partake of alcohol. I have also witnessed some marijuana use, but outside of these two relatively tame drugs, there are not any other drug uses at Whitman College. However, the drinking that does go on is quite visible, and it is the norm to drink every night of the weekend. Residence halls even allow alcohol, as long as it is kept in the room. I would say that Whitman College is very lax on this policy, but probably because they know most of their students are too smart to do any of it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many students at Whitman College will tell you, we don't often leave campus. It is often called the Whitman bubble, a self contained atmosphere that tends to trap students in their free time. However, we do go off campus sometimes, and downtown is a ten minute walk away. There are many options, but they are all quite expensive. This is probably a result of Walla Walla being a wine town, catering to college students and those on winery tours of Eastern Washington.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: To Be an English Major – In terms of academics, Whitman College is a haven for English Majors. The professors are great, the resources are plentiful, and our library is AMAZING. However, the reason I give being an English major a less than perfect score is in the way we are treated by other students. Science majors tend to brush us off, and others disregard the work we do in favor of their own. This may be true of any major, but it seems particularly pointed towards the English major at Whitman College.


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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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