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Reviews 311 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I Love Where I Live – Whitman does an awesome job both providing excellent living spaces and selecting roommates. The survey I filled out was akin to a dating profile, they really try to put you in the right spot, with the right person. And the facilities are great; large rooms, plenty of storage, great location literally steps from class.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health center is fantastic and the campus is completely safe. Whitman really cares about its students and it shows in this area

5 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Sweat It – There are plenty of places to park on and right around campus. There is no seniority system and permits are not required, you can park anywhere. I've never had an issue finding a place for my truck.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Not at All – As long as you aren't a danger to yourself or others security will leave you alone. Whitman is about fostering responsible individuals and knows that we are adults, so they give us a lot of leeway because they know we can take care of ourselves.

4 College Student

Technology: Occasional Slow Network but Amazing Tech Support – The computers in the library and computer labs are often very efficient, but the wireless network, like any network really, can be very slow when a bunch of people sign on. Computer labs come in handy when you need to print something quickly before a class. The library is always the first option. I have not yet seen a need for a personal printer. I have a laptop, but I would not say one is necessary. In addition, my laptop got a virus not too long ago, and Tech Support were really on top of it. It was fixed the same day I went there (within an hour) with new (free) software to prevent any more issues.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging, Beneficial, Interesting, Intense, Serious – My classes force me to use my mind in creative and thoughtful ways. The professors expect a lot from their students so naturally the students respond with many hours of studying, essay writing, lab work, and more. I feel as if my education has given me not just knowledge, but the ability to learn.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Available, Not Prominent. Doesn't Interfere With Studies. Like at nearly every college across the U.S., alcohol and weed are availble at Whitman. However, students can choose to drink as little or much as they would like and have a great time regardless of how much they consume/use. Fortunately, there is so much going on on campus that students don't drink due to boredom; they drink as a weekend social activity in safe ways.

Whitman is also very helpful with alcohol education. I've attended about 7 speeches and lectures on the subject over the course of the last semester. Also, there is a wellness center that offers students who have had too much a place to recover.

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.


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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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